How to Deep Fry Turkey and Fry it Properly
When it comes to how to deep fry turkey, you really do have more than just one choice. An oil-free, electric, vertical turkey fryer. Char-Broil and Big Boy’s electric turkey fryers.
The Char-Broils is the smaller of the two, weighing around four pounds, making it ideal for people who need a single pan to fry multiple turkeys. This portable model uses a small pan, but it can cook an entire bird in less than two minutes. The Char-broils is also the most affordable of all of the turkey fryers. It has a three-pronged electric outlet that is plugged into a wall socket.
Big Boy’s turkey fryers are slightly larger, at a little over seven pounds. These models use a larger pan and are used for larger turkeys. Big Boy’s makes an even bigger model, the Big Boy Pro, which can cook over two hundred pounds of turkey.
You can opt for the smaller turkeys’ electric model, but I find the vertical and gas models to be the best choice. The vertical type allows you to place the turkey directly on top of the fryer and control the temperature, cooking time, and more. And the gas models are usually only a bit more expensive, though not by much.
The horizontal models allow you to turn the heat on as low or high as you want. This means you can cook your turkey just as quickly as you would if you had placed it directly on the grill. The downside to the vertical version is the inability to control the temperature while the turkey cooks.
When using one of these fryers, keep in mind that cooking time is critical to ensure that your turkey is cooked to the desired tenderness. You will want to wait until your turkey is almost entirely done. Once you are done, you can then move it to the table.
The other difference between the two is that the electric, vertical turkey fryers come with a built-in thermometer to tell you how long the turkey has been cooking. If you want to make sure you’re cooking turkey evenly and to the desired doneness, this is definitely worth the cost.
You do have other choices for preparing your turkey, but if you want to fry it and be able to move it from the grill to the table quickly, vertical turkey fryers are probably the way to go. You can also try a small gas version or use the Big Boy Pro or Char-broil versions to make your turkey juicy, but still delicious. The most important thing to remember is that frying turkey is a bit messy.
To help reduce the mess, I prefer to use an oil spray to cover the turkey’s top. With a little practice, this makes it much easier to get all the food particles off the surface, allowing the oil to penetrate the entire turkey easily and stay where it needs to be.
Next, you should remove any plastic wrapping from the turkey’s outside before frying it to get the most out of your preparation. There are many ways to do this, but one uses a pair of scissors to scrape off any plastic wrap that might be attached to the outside. This will allow the oil to penetrate the turkey much better.
One of the most important things when learning how to deep fry a turkey and fry it perfectly is to keep the heat level consistent throughout the entire process. You don’t want to put oil to a low enough heat and fry your turkey until it turns a brown color.
Once you have your turkey in the pan, you will want to stir it often to keep the temperature consistent. Also, don’t forget to occasionally wipe the sides with your spatula to remove excess oil.