Written by adam on Oct 14, 2007
Pros and Cons of Frying Your Turkey
Filed Under: Editorial
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:
- Speed. Frying a turkey is faster than smoking or baking. The hot oil assaults the bird on every conceivable surface cutting the cooking time of traditional oven baking.
- Flavor. No one can deny that the flavor of fried foods is a powerful force. The flavor of that crispy fried skin is delightful
- Juice. The act of frying does leave the turkey very juicy. This is especially preferable for the breast which has a tendency to be dry.
Frying Turkey Cons:
- Danger. Most of the danger of deep-frying a turkey comes from ignorance. Novice fryers sometimes fill the pot too full of oil and when the bird goes in, the oil spills out onto the burner, causing a fire. Other dangers include splattering which can cause serious second degree burns if you get too close.
- Cost. Every time you want to fry a turkey, you have to buy gallons of oil for frying. That kind of money can add up if you do a lot of frying over the holiday seasons.
- Damage. Inevitably, frying a turkey can cause damage to property. Oil splatters around the fryer can stain decks and driveway.
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.
Responses to "Pros and Cons of Frying Your Turkey" ...
Frying is nice. Smoking is better.