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Old 04-23-2013, 07:50 PM
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Deep frying a turkey at the right temperature (345-350) isn't going to absorb the grease. The high heat will sear the skin and keep the juices inside.

A 3 1/2-ounce portion of fried turkey from a recipe posted on the National Turkey Federation’s website has 230 calories, 12.6 grams of fat and 3.6 grams of saturated fat for a whole turkey including the skin.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a 3 1/2-ounce portion of roasted turkey, light meat with skin, has 207 calories, 9.4 grams of fat and 2.6 grams of saturated fat. Dark meat is a little higher in fat and calories.
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If the oil is hot enough very little oil is absorbed by the meat. What happens it that the outside is sealed and the inside is steamed. If done properly it is actually a very healthy way to cook. The problem is that most people do not get the oil hot enough or put too much food in at one time. That lowers the temperature way too much. The oil should be at least 350 minimum.

Since I use peanut oil there is no cholesterol involved as that comes only from meat. It also does not add any flavor to what I'm cooking.
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I scored an electric Butterball deep fryer last year at Walmart for $99 bucks. Quick, easy, juicy... does an excellent job. Picked up 4 gallons of peanut oil at Sam's club.

But, the best turkey I ever had was smoked - with hickory.

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And those figures compare to a traditionally baked turkey, how?
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:27 PM
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I'm not understanding your question Rick. If you are concerned about the amount of calories and fat, they are pretty similar. If you've never tasted a deep fried turkey, they are amazing and well worth the small amount of extra calories and fat compared to a roasted/baked turkey. I don't know anyone who eats deep fried turkey everyday but it certainly is a treat when you get to have some.
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Here are two more pics of my nephew's deep fried turkey. One of them shows him carving the bird.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:53 AM
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I'm not understanding your question Rick. If you are concerned about the amount of calories and fat, they are pretty similar. If you've never tasted a deep fried turkey, they are amazing and well worth the small amount of extra calories and fat compared to a roasted/baked turkey. I don't know anyone who eats deep fried turkey everyday but it certainly is a treat when you get to have some.


You're right, Mama!!! It certainly is, and I, also, would not eat it every day.

But I WILL ask my nephew to deep fry one when I go visit him in July!! It HAS been a long while since I had some of it.

For those of you who might be interested in this, you can substitute soybean (veggie) oil in place of the peanut oil. It is far less expensive than peanut oil, yet it has the exact same high-temp qualities as peanut oil. Also, if you don't want to do a big turkey, you can also deep fry a small whole chicken, which would cook even faster!!
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Mmmmmmm That sure looks good Sherman. Mouth watering.
I have not deep fried one for quite a while. Seems it's about time to do it again.
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Mmmmmmm That sure looks good Sherman. Mouth watering.
I have not deep fried one for quite a while. Seems it's about time to do it again.


Thaks, Doc!!

I think I'll do turkey PARTS next time, over doing a whole turkey. To much to try to eat!!
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Hmmm I like the way you are thinking Shermie. For just the two of us we could easily do some turkey parts in the little deep frier. Good idea.
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Hmmm I like the way you are thinking Shermie. For just the two of us we could easily do some turkey parts in the little deep frier. Good idea.


Yup, thanks! That's what I'M going to do, the next time that I get turkey parts!! Glad to help out!!

Since they can't be stuffed anyway, they would be much easier to manage in your regular size deep fryer, rather than getting out the big cumbersome turkey deep fryer!!
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You're all grease lovers. LOLOL

Mama said all right here.
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I'm not understanding your question Rick. If you are concerned about the amount of calories and fat, they are pretty similar. If you've never tasted a deep fried turkey, they are amazing and well worth the small amount of extra calories and fat compared to a roasted/baked turkey. I don't know anyone who eats deep fried turkey everyday but it certainly is a treat when you get to have some.
That scared me away and is why the south is obese with heart conditions more then any other place in the world. It's that little extra that'll do it to ya.
Of course it just isn't the turkey, it's the eggs, bacon, biscuits, chicken, okra, pork chops, hamburger steak, bread, ice cream, etc., etc., etc. that gets eaten everyday that adds up.
The south is famous for frying most everything.
No thank you, I'm more health conscious then that.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:59 PM
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Well, you might want to rethink your brownies then. The average 2" brownie has more calories and fat than a serving of deep fried turkey. Medium rare bacon has to be loaded with fat but, like everything else, if you want to eat it, you need to eat it in moderation. Once or twice a year isn't going to be a big deal.

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Default Re: Has anyone every deep-fried a turkey before?

>>No thank you, I'm more health conscious then that.

hopefully you then don't eat any of the other traditional stuff on the Thanksgiving table - the turkey - deep fried or deep frozen - is the _least_ of it.
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I'd worry more about the medium rare bacon......
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Actually, I don't celebrate thanksgiving or any of the holidays because of religious beliefs.
So, no, I don't eat anything around a thanksgiving table and I don't like turkey or stuffing anyway.
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I'd worry more about the medium rare bacon......
I guess you got me on one item but I got you on 11 and counting... LOL
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>>Of course it just isn't the turkey, it's the eggs, bacon, biscuits, chicken, okra, pork chops, hamburger steak, bread, ice cream, etc., etc., etc. that gets eaten everyday that adds up.

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1 12oz. can of Pet Evaporated Milk plus another 1/2 cup of any milk later
1 Tablespoon Land O Lakes Sweet Cream Butter

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Land O Lakes Sweet Cream Butter

1 large pasteurized egg
1/4 cup Florida Crystals Organic Sugar or granulated white sugar
1/2 cup packed C&H Brown Sugar

Dollop of Real whipped cream or mini marshmallows (Optional)

4 Tablespoons Land O Lakes Sweet Cream Butter (1/2 stick), divided
2 cups Half & Half milk

3. In goes 3 tablespoons of real butter. (Just a pad less then a 1/4 stick)
6. Top it off with grated 'stinky cheese' (Parmesan).

1/2 cup Organic Sugar
1 Tablespoon Land O Lakes Sweet Cream Butter
1/4 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes (See NOTE 2)
3 Tablespoons Hershey's Cocoa powder (See NOTE 4)
Real whipped cream
(Don't skimp here with that chemically manufactured Cool Whip, treat yourself.)


2 large pasteurized eggs, separated
5 strips of bacon cut in half (Optional. See PLUS)
And some real maple syrup to top 'em off

??pork is okay but religiously turkey is not??
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No revisions here. That's all good healthy food, CM.

I never said pork was OK and turkey wasn't.
I said frying or deep frying is bad or unhealthy. I said the southern folks are grease lovers.
Almost every southern kitchen I've ever been in has a pot of bacon grease sitting on their stoves.

You missed the point, CM.

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Mmmmmm!! It's been a couple of years since I've deep-fried a turkey, too!

I'm about due, I think. It's a wonderful (and rare) treat!

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You know Rick, This is a friendly forum. No one is knocking what you eat or how you eat it. I for one don't even care if you eat. We all have different taste life style and budgets. Doesn't make us all wrong and it certainly doesn't give you the right to bash other people. CF
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There's no need for you to go. You just sounded a little uppity is all. It sounded like you were saying that people who eat fried food don't care about their health and people were trying to explain that it's fine in moderation. It's not like you're eating grease when your eating fried food. If your fried food tastes like grease, it was cooked wrong.

Many of the foods that you eat are not exactly healthy either but in moderation it's no big deal. For instance, saturated fat is the "bad fat". Butter is actually higher is saturated fat than lard. Just something to think about.

We all like different things, that's what makes the world go around. If we all liked the same things, this would be a very boring place indeed.
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