- whole turkey
- peanut oil
On Frying Whole Turkeyfrom REX9115:
Greetings, you need to place your turkey in the pot and the add water until the bird is covered by about 1 inch of water. Drain the water, measure it and dry off the turkey.. This is the amount of oil you place in the pot then cook.. Splattering is part of the fun... as they say... I just do it outside, and place a piece of old carpet or cardboard under the boiling pot.. but I also keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher handy... don't use water to put out any grease fires... but never had to use it... Have fun... Rex
Always dry your turkey inside and out as well as possible. The moisture (water) that is in and on the turkey is what, for the most part, causes the boiling over and the extreme splattering of oil. Hook the turkey with a hanger, either purchased where turkey deep fry equipment is sold or make your own. My son made me a hanger out of a 3 foot piece of aluminum dowel (I recommend steel as the alum. gets soft when it heats up from the oil). You can get metal dowel rods from Lowe's or Home Depot. Place hanger on 4-6 ft. 2x4, hook turkey securely to hanger and slowly lower into hot peanut oil(350-375 degrees) a little at a time. Raise turkey some to let water evaporate(that's not smoke; it is steam). Continue lowering and raising until turkey is completely submersed. You shouldn't have any boilover problems although there will still be some splattering. Put the pot lid on to limit this. Hope this helps.
Barb's Deep Fried Turkey