Turkey Frying Is The Only Way To Go For Thanksgiving
No secret, Thanksgiving is my family’s favorite holiday of the year. There’s just something about my wife, our son and me (and whoever else wants to gather) sitting together at a table sharing a meal and another year as a family. Perhaps this year more than any other in recent memory this means the world. In the last twelve months I’ve lost a father figure to health complications. I watched a friend go through the horror of losing a grandson to suicide. I lost my brother-in-law to the same. It’s been a year.
However, once again we’ll be gathered around a table full of the most delicious food my chef-wife can deliver. And the star of the dish? The fried turkey. For me, being introduced to fried turkey in the mid 1990s in Augusta, Georgia is one of the great revelations of my life. Growing up, I remember Thanksgiving being an exercise in patience as the wait for Mom to say the turkey was ready was excruciating. Not only that, but sometimes, despite her best efforts, the bird just wasn’t consistently juicy. And let’s face it, dry turkey sucks.
When you fry a turkey, you can literally set your watch by when you want to eat. Depending on the size of the bird, once I drop it in the peanut oil, we’re less than an hour from forks, knives, and stretchy pants time! Oh, and the juicy part? Once you have a fried turkey, you can NEVER go back.
I made the video below a couple of years ago. It’s a great primer (if I do say so myself) as to how to/how not to fry a turkey. Don’t be afraid. It’s really very safe as long as you use common sense and follow simple instructions. Fry your turkey this year. Join the club.
And Happy Thanksgiving. I’ve learned this year (the hard way), tomorrow’s not guaranteed. Be thankful for and cherish the time together with loved ones.
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