Pros and Cons of Frying Your Turkey
With the release of Char-Broil's The Big Easy Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer, I've been doing a lot of thinking about the act of frying a turkey and why it is done. Is it a great method to cooking the bird? Or is it just a way to get the male family members on the patio standing around scalding hot oil while guzzling cans of Busch?
The Big Easy is a turkey "fryer" that uses propane fueled infrared burners to assault the turkey on all sides with radiant energy. Char-Broil is marketing this as the safer, cost-effective and more delicious alternative to immersion frying.
After seeing the Big Easy in action up close, I found myself wondering why do people fry turkeys? What's the advantage or disadvantage for immersing a whole turkey into rocket-hot peanut oil?
Frying Turkey Pros:
Frying Turkey Cons:
While the Big Easy is a really great device, it does cost a little bit more than a propane tank, a burner rig, a large pot, and 5 gallons of oil. But you must weigh the pros and cons of frying before you embark on the venture. Do the benefits outweigh the risks and cost?
As a PSA, Men in Aprons urges you to be very careful when deep frying a turkey. Know what you are doing. Do some research and have fire-suppression measures available. Remember, for an oil fire you need sand or dirt to put it out. Water will only spread the fire.