You really should do this, and not just because it’s badass. It just tastes better.
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Like all things, turkey tastes better when it's deep-fried. The process can be intimidating, though, so here is a step-by-step guide of exactly what to do.
First of all, we recognize that the hoards of people who insist you should fry your turkey for Thanksgiving can be scary and annoying because they proselytize it like a religion. But it turns out they're also right.
1. Frying the bird takes way less time than roasting it.
2. It frees up valuable oven space and time for sides, dressing, casseroles, and pies (hallelujah!).
3. A fried turkey tastes and looks better than a roast turkey.
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Before you even think about frying a turkey, you need a turkey fryer. Most are propane-powered, so you need a propane tank, too.
We used a very basic turkey fryer, available here ($64.99), and it worked out great.
YOUR TURKEY FRYER SHOULD COME WITH:
1) A poultry rack and lifting handle (bottom left corner, above) that you will use to safely move the turkey in and out of the hot oil.
2) A frying pot (top left corner, above) that's at least 28 quarts in volume, and a clip thermometer to attach to the side of the pot, for measuring the oil temperature. Our fryer came with a 30-quart pot.
3) A sturdy stand, a propane burner, and a regulator hose that connects your burner to a propane tank.
YOU WILL ALSO NEED A PROPANE TANK.
If you have a gas grill, you probably already have a propane tank. If you don't have a gas grill, you probably don't have a propane tank, so you'll need to get one. In most parts of the country, you can buy and fill propane tanks at large hardware stores. In NYC, you can't. We got our propane tank delivered from Big Apple BBQ, which is easy as long as you plan a couple of days ahead.
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At least a day before you fry the turkey, determine how much oil you're going to need: Put the turkey, legs up, in the fryer pot, then — using a liquid measuring cup — fill the pot with water to cover the turkey.
Measure the water you're adding as you go so you know exactly how much water it took to cover the bird. This is how much oil you will heat to fry your turkey.
To cover our turkey, it took 76 cups (19 quarts) of water, just a quart shy of 5 gallons. We heated 5 gallons of oil, just to be sure to cover the turkey. It's probably better to buy and heat a little extra.
You can buy oil in bulk online, here. If you buy it at the grocery store, that's OK, but you'll have to buy smaller bottles and you might have to go to more than one store.
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