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November 25, 2017

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Deep-Fried Turkey!

Welcome to the delicious world of
Deep-Fried Turkey!

Larry Read is an employee of Cash & Carry Warehouse in Pleasant Hill and
has been doing Deep-Fried Turkey demonstrations for many years.

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Now, Larry will show you the easy to follow steps to make that perfect Deep-Fried Turkey.
You may be asking, "Deep fried... Won't that be greasy?" The answer is, "No!" The oil used to fry the turkey is 350 degrees Fahrenheit. At such a high temperature, the outside surface and the inside cavity of the turkey is instantly seared, sealing in all the natural flavors and juices and keeping out that unwanted grease.

Ok, Let's Start With Step 1
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To begin, we will determine the amount of oil needed. Lower the turkey into the pot and begin filling the pot with water. Stop once the water level covers the turkey. Now, remove the turkey and make a mark at the new water level on the pot. You will use the same amount of oil in place of the water. If you are using a frozen turkey, you must thaw it completely! Once your turkey is thawed, or if you are using a fresh turkey, wash and pat dry with lint-free towels. If your turkey came with a pop-up-when-done indicator, remove and discard it.

Step 2
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Now you are ready to inject the turkey with any flavor marinade. We stock a wide variety of injectable marinades and shakes. Instructions are included with injectors. Coat the turkey inside and out with a Cajun Seasoning of your choice. When you are finished, we recommend that you cover the turkey and place it in the refrigerator overnight.

Step 3
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When you are ready to start Deep-frying, pour the necessary amount of peanut oil into the pot. Remember to fill the pot to the mark you made earlier when measuring with water. This will help to avoid any oil overflowing as it heats. Now, light the burner and place your stock pot on the stove. Check the oil's temperature with a deep fry thermometer. When the oil reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit, slowly lower the turkey into the pot. BE VERY CAREFUL! USE OVEN MITTS FOR YOUR PROTECTION. THE HOT OIL CAN SPLATTER! After just a few seconds in the hot oil, notice the surface has already begun to change color. This is due to the surface being instantly seared; sealing in the juices and the grease out. Deep fry your turkey for about 3-1/2 minutes per pound of turkey. Maintain the temperature at 350 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the process. So, a 12 pound bird should be done in just under 45 minutes.

Step 4
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During this time, you may want to prepare your cooking area for the carving. Make sure to sanitize the preparation area with a food approved sanitizing solution. This is especially important if you are using the same surface where you injected the turkey. Once you reached your calculated cooking time, lift the turkey from the pot using oven mitts or other protective wear. Place the turkey in a pan or on paper to drain and cool. Check the internal temperature of the thickest part of the turkey. It should be at least 165 degrees.

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Now cut yourself a nice big juicy slice... and take a bite... and enjoy the best turkey you ever tasted.

You too can Deep-Fry your very own turkey at home. You will need the following items:
Stock pot with basket (or other lifting device) and lid.
Propane Stove .. Meat Thermometer .. Injector
Peanut Oil, Marinade & Seasonings
Oven Mitts .. Fire Extinguisher

Before you begin, review these safety tips!
Remember, these cooking instructions are strictly for OUTSIDE USE ONLY!
Never attempt this indoors on a kitchen stove!
Check all gas hose fittings and stoves for leaks before lighting.
Do not fill pot over half way with oil as this may cause some oil to overflow
and start a fire while cooking your turkey.
Never allow the oil temperature to exceed 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
If a grease fire should occur, turn off the cooker and cover the pot.
Avoid the use of alcohol while operating your deep fryer.

Happy Frying and Enjoy!

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