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Turkey Fryer – Why You Will Fall in Love with Your Turkey Fryer

Deep fried turkey rocks. If you have not had the distinct pleasure of eating one, you have no idea what you are missing. If you have, you are sadly hanging your head and regretting that you do not have a bird defrosting in your fridge right now. Cooking a juicy turkey in a turkey fryer filled with bubbling peanut oil is a treat beyond compare. Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl will never be the same without a deep fried masterpiece. In fact, you will soon look for excuses to use your fryer every weekend.

As an added little treat, many cooks choose to inject flavors under the skin of the turkey prior to cooking in the turkey fryer. The seasonings, ranging from Cajon, lemon-pepper or garlic butter, are used to flavor the meat as it cooks for exceptional taste.  Dry rubs can also be used on the outside of the bird before plunging it into the hot oil. The taste is far superior to any poultry ever pulled from an oven. It remains juicy and fall-off-the-bone tender. Other meats can be cooked this way but the turkey is so amazing that many never move past it.   

Now, everyone has seen the warnings that pop up every year on the news in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Reporters love to tell the world about the one person that had the brilliant idea to use a turkey fryer in a way that is not recommended by the manufacturer and set his garage on fire. Please fry responsibly; cook outside, away from any buildings or overhangs. Do not overfill the fryer with oil. In fact, you can pre-fill it with water and then place the turkey in to see how much water is displaced. Adjust, if necessary, and then re-fill with the correct amount of oil. Even if you are distracted by your eagerness to cook (and eat) the sumptuous bird, use some basic common sense when near any open flame.

Once you have cooked a turkey of your own in a turkey fryer, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. You will stare forlornly at the garage on rainy afternoons, waiting for any break in the weather to use your fryer. You will spend your time at work researching new injection recipes and then race home, breaking laws of physics on the freeway, to try them. And, while we do not condone speeding, we share your enthusiasm. Fry on!