Picked up a propane powered turkey fryer for this year’s thanksgiving. Picture is not exactly like the Wal-Mart special that I purchased but you get the idea. I was practically giddy setting this bad boy up. The first challenge was lighting it. The gear seemed to have every modern safety experience except for a method for remote lighting. So, in I go with my brother-in-law’s propane torch striker. Bye-bye knuckle hair.
Then came the oil. 17 litres of oil. My sister and I did some rapid shopping to find that quantity of oil at a bargain rate. We braved Costco on a long weekend and bought 2 sixteen litre containers. Boojah!
Next was turkey time. Wearing some really cheap sunglasses and extra absorbent oven mitts, I placed the turkey in the oil. And the oil proceeded to bubble over the edges of the pot. Some nervous waiting with the fire extinguisher but everything seemed to calm down with a couple minutes. 45 minutes later, we had a fully cooked 15 pound turkey. The extremities were a bit too crispy but overall a surprisingly moist turkey even on day 2. I think next time it would be wise to brine or marinade the turkey, do a spice rub, and tie in the wings and legs for more even cooking.
A great trial run. The next one will be even better.