r/therewasanattempt 14d ago Silver 3 Helpful 4 Wholesome 2

To fry a Turkey

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u/Babigni 14d ago

I was curious so I popped to Google and found this: "Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association."

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u/RandomRageNet 13d ago

Imagine your cause of death being trying to fry a turkey

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u/Easy-Concentrate2636 13d ago

Couldn’t even die with prime rib. That’s the real lapse in judgment.

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u/obxtalldude 14d ago

I have a house on the beach road in Nags Head NC - my security cam got a great video last year of the oceanfront across the street burning down from a turkey being fried at 3am.

They were lucky it only got one house.

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u/d_smogh 14d ago

Nice location. Do you ever rent it out to people from the UK? Or can you leave a key underneath the front mat.

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u/obxtalldude 14d ago

Yes, it's on VRBO - one of the few older cottages left. Built in 1963 - now sandwiched between a huge all suites hotel and a 12 bedroom house.

It rents very well - I'm amazed people still book it all through the winter months. I guess it's hard to find dog friendly places with a short walk to the beach.

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u/thomas8I 13d ago

My family may have just rented from you, they do every thanksgiving. Very peaceful this time of year to sit and relax with the family. Thank you for being a pet friendly homeowner

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u/CoffeeSpoons123 13d ago

Why on earth were they frying a turkey at 3 AM?

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u/obxtalldude 13d ago

People leave their minds at home quite often when they visit our beaches.

The entitlement is also off the charts when they spend $30k for a week in these monster 18 bedroom oceanfronts - week long 24 hour parties. They just don't care about taking any care with the house for the most part.

Apparently they started it, and were in the pool when it overflowed and started the fire. My camera confirmed the timing as I gave all the footage to the investigators. Full story came out later in the local paper.

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u/RCMPsurveilanceHorse 13d ago

I'm a light sleeper and I often wake up at 2, sometimes 3 in the morning. I also don't eat much dinner so a lot of times I find myself looking for a snack in the night. So, obviously I fry up a turkey, or make a pizza from scratch or slow smoke some pulled pork before going back to bed.

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u/InstanceSuch8604 13d ago

should be thankful in America for an abundance of morons and great camera folks to film them ..

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u/Chikumori 13d ago

Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage

Revenge of the turkeys.

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u/PretzelsThirst 13d ago

I wonder how they choose which 5 die

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u/Alan_Smithee_ 13d ago

Rock, paper, scissors.

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u/Ohbertpogi 14d ago Silver

911 here are you frying a turkey?

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u/Spartaner-043 14d ago Silver

“No Ma’am, the turkey almost fried me”

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u/ruralexcursion 14d ago

“Can you describe the turkey’s appearance? Have you seen this turkey before?”

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u/Quesarito808 13d ago

Show me on this doll where the turkey touched you.

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u/Tombo6969 13d ago

"Right here sir..."

sticks finger up ass

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u/kudichangedlives 14d ago

I like that one lady that was just standing right in front of a flaming oven just holding a flaming turkey

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u/Extra-Ad5925 14d ago

“Susan had finally had enough of her family.”

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u/rehab_VET 14d ago Silver

That wasn’t hell she saw in those flames, it was heaven

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u/VoyagerCSL 14d ago

GO INTO THE LIGHT

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u/peepopowitz67 14d ago

For the night is dark and full of terrors

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u/Lemmungwinks 14d ago

Cast in into the fire…

No

SUSAN!

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u/someotherguyinNH 13d ago

I was the there the day the strength of Susan failed....

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u/Idle_Godess 14d ago

Into the light…

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u/Meatballgirl65 14d ago

BURY THE LIIIGHT DEEP WITHIIIIIIN!!!

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u/MirrahPaladin 14d ago

“It’s hot as hell in here.”

“For me it’s always like this.”

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u/Legend0fGear 13d ago

Didn't expect Silent Hill 2, but I'm not disappointed.

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u/smo_smo 14d ago

You mean Kelly. Kellyyy!!

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u/Binnacle_Balls_jr 14d ago

She should put a painting of this in her house. I would, and later explain it like White Goodman from dodgeball. "Its a metaphor, of our family dysfunction at Thanksgiving. But yea that actually happened"

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u/YoungDiscord 14d ago

"honey, where's the baby?"

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u/DeltaJesus 14d ago

I also like the one at 17 seconds who's using a pot very clearly nowhere near big enough to fit the turkey

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u/Ex-zaviera 13d ago

Not just that, but Alton Brown taught me that if I ever want to fry a turkey in the backyard:
put the turkey in the pot,
fill the pot up with water to cover the bird,
remove turkey and note where the water/oil level should be.
Dump water,
dry pot and turkey thoroughly
and then you're ready to add oil, heat, and deep fry the bird.

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u/Frys100thCupofCoffee 13d ago

I love Alton Brown, but I gotta say that anyone who doesn't think of this on their own shouldn't be frying a turkey. An adult should already know the concept of fluid displacement as well as the dangers inherent with things like boiling oil and fire.

I mean I'm not surprised, but just god damn some people are stupid.

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u/shadowozey 14d ago

Lmfao that was my favorite part, it was like she just thinks this is how it's supposed to go

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u/lunalacrima 14d ago

Fight Flight Freeze

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u/PutYourThumbInMyAss 14d ago

"Take it out, take it out!"

"AHH! BACK IN, PUT IT BACK IN"

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u/Dayzlikethis 14d ago

She was trying to cremate it

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u/mtarascio 14d ago

Put it back with the other fire.

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u/RixxiRose 14d ago

"PUT IT BACK IN!"

Lmfao....wut?

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u/brucecaboose 14d ago

I mean that's the best move. Put it back in, close the oven and turn it off. Leaving it open or out just increases the airflow and lets the fire grow.

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u/Beingabummer 14d ago

Take it out or put it back in, as long as you close the oven lid to starve the fire. Whatever you do, don't hold it in the opening and just stand there.

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u/CommercialLimit 14d ago

It wasn’t done yet.

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u/NZNoldor 14d ago

This whole super cut is just the most American thing I’ve ever seen.

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u/JennItalia269 14d ago

My friend is an EMT and mentioned that he was working late because of deep fried Turkey disasters.

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u/Meep_meep647 14d ago

You hear that every year, but I had never seen it. This explains so much.

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u/Substantial-Breath21 13d ago

I saw an entire single family home burned to the ground on Christmas morning one year.

There wasn't anything left I've never seen a house fire so bad.

Christmas day and your family loses everything, because you didn't defrost a turkey.

Shout out to all the dad's Not burning the house down

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u/Incruentus 14d ago

The amazing part is that it's widely known but people still do it and still die from it all the time.

Despite our best efforts, Darwin is still hard at work. The true silent professional.

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u/Seno1404 13d ago

I have never heard of this phenomenon until now. I also don’t live in the usa so that might be the reason also.

Just one question, if you put a turkey in boiling oil. Let’s assume you do it correctly, will the turkey be cooked thoroughly? Like wont the inside be uncooked and the outside overcooked?

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u/Seidenzopf 13d ago

The problem here is they didn't defrost it, causing an oil explosion through rapid sublimation of the frozen water inside the turkey. Frying a defrostet turkey should be fine.

Btw you would get this result with everything frosted, given it's big enough to store enough water for a similar heavy reaction.

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u/hcnuptoir 13d ago Helpful

Also, you're supposed to turn off the gas and kill the flame before you lower the bird into the oil. Once everybody settles down, light it back up. You could also do a "dry" run with the bird still in the package, and water in the pot to see exactly how much oil you're going to need for it to not overflow.

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u/flyinchipmunk5 13d ago

You are supposed to measure the oil before hand anyways. I've fried turkeys like for 5 or 6 Thanksgivings and they always turned out perfect with no hiccups because I measured the oil and turned off the flame. I also lowered it in the oil with a broom holding the hook and another friend to hold it. Lower it in slow to have no splash

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u/MangoSea323 13d ago

I like my Thanksgiving to end like my 4th if July.

With no eyebrows.

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u/Zjoee 13d ago

Yeah my dad deep fries a turkey every year when we down to the beach after Thanksgiving. I'm very much looking forward to it tomorrow.

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u/WizardofLloyd 13d ago

Came here to say this. You're supposed to put the turkey in the fryer with water first to see how much oil you will need to fully immerse the turkey without overflowing the pot. If you do this, AND keep the fryer away from your house, garage, shed, or ANY type of structure, there shouldn't be any issues. If a fire does light for whatever reason, you're not burning anything down... (hopefully!!!)

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u/psyentist15 13d ago

Btw you would get this result with everything frosted, given it's big enough to store enough water for a similar heavy reaction.

Thanks for pointing this out. Some people are mistakenly thinking it's something inherent in turkey that causes these accidents. If you fry frozen french fries, you'll often see something similar to some of these, though on a tiny fraction of the scale, where the oil reacts to the frost on the potato. But that's why it's important to use appropriate portions and not fill oil past the indicated line on a fryer.

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u/Incruentus 13d ago

Same thing if you dunk a big hunk of ice in there as well.

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u/Readylamefire 13d ago

The oil can go inside the cavity of the bird so it cooks surprisingly evenly. My dad did it only once and it not only wasn't a disaster, it was the tastiest damn turkey I have ever had in my life...

It's not worth the risk though. Unless you buy the bird unfrozen or let it sit naked in the fridge for a long time to get the moisture out of a frozen bird, the moisture in the turkey will flash. The pot also aught to be atleast twice as tall as the bird with at least 3 inches around it on all sides.

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u/darkwing42 13d ago

It's a high risk-high reward turkey. It's perfectly safe if you know what you're doing, use a properly sized fry pot, pre-measure how much oil to prevent overflowing, have proper PPE, and TURN OFF THE DAMN FLAME to dunk the turkey!!! Turning it back on after making sure there are no overflows or rapid boils.

Here is a pretty good primer on how a responsible adult deep fries a bird

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u/monckey64 13d ago

what’s funny is all of this seems like common sense to me. like this feels like frying shit 101. even if it wasn’t a common thing that should make people take pause, there should be some common sense regarding frying shit

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u/landragoran 13d ago

If it's done correctly, it'll come out perfectly cooked and one of the best birds you've ever eaten, as the oil will be in contact with both the outside and inside of the bird (the cavity is left empty when deep frying).

There are several things that can go wrong with deep frying a turkey, though. Too much oil in the pot, leading to spillover; turkey still partially frozen, leading to violent overboil; leaving the flame on while lowering the turkey into the pot; and lowering the turkey in too quickly can all result in oil fires that get out of control in a heartbeat.

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u/JRummy91 14d ago

The amount of burns, intoxications, lacerations, suicidal ideations and/or attempts, and fights we deal with around the holidays just make your head spin sometimes.

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u/Anglophyl 14d ago

So many suicides happen around the holidays. -.- Holidays always brought out the worst in my depression and anxiety.

Check on your people around the holidays, everyone! Particularly the ones who aren't engaged in social stuff!

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u/shuzgibs123 13d ago

We lost one to suicide at work last week. Co worker. Wasn’t at work. Lost him at home. 😢

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u/MintChucclatechip 14d ago

Thanksgiving overall is super busy for hospitals, lots of people with heart and kidney problems don’t follow their dietary restrictions and end up in the ER

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u/designer_of_drugs 14d ago

Also family disagreements with lots of easy access to sharp cooking implements.

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u/contractor_inquiries 14d ago

with lots of easy access to sharp cooking implements.

You also have 1.2 guns per person!

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u/HugeHans 14d ago

Ita always good to have doubles. Doubles is safe but triples is best.

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u/fafarex 14d ago

Every holidays is busy day in the ER.

People lower their inibition because it's "a special time" and they also try thing they never did before and haven't properly prepared.

And I haven't talk about food and alcohol yet.

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u/Meldanorama 14d ago

Well what do you do with the spare vegetables so genius?

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u/fafarex 14d ago

You did gave me a good chuckle with this one!

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u/_artbreaker 14d ago

Deep Fried Turkey Disasters sounds like a grunge pop band.

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u/itisrainingweiners 14d ago

Yeah, I work at a fire department and I can't wait to go back on Monday and read all the turkey disaster reports lol

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u/deVriesse 13d ago

I live a block away from a fire station and every time I heard them roll out yesterday I said "there goes another deep fried turkey."

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u/LtCmdrData 14d ago edited 14d ago

In Soviet Russia you fry a turkey; In America the turkey fries you.

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u/[deleted] 14d ago

“stay inside right- GET INSIDE RIGHT NOW👹” 😂😂😭

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u/HEYZEUS725 14d ago

That's every parent when you know there's a questionable activity going on and you repeat yourself several times and the kids don't listen. Sometimes you have to turn it up to 10 so they understand. And sometimes you go straight to 10 to avoid all the bs in between. 😂 🤣 😂

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u/AirVido 14d ago

I related to both the tone and the quick escalation.

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u/Dry-Cartographer-312 13d ago

I must admit I have been on the receiving end a couple times.

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u/Porchtime_cocktails 13d ago

Mom was trying to be polite but firm. Dad brought in the Batman voice immediately.

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u/Siiberia 14d ago

My favorite lol

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u/feeneyboi 14d ago

He was protecting his kid, respect

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u/[deleted] 14d ago

and it was funny

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u/Ok-Kaleidoscope5627 13d ago

I thought he was over reacting and then I saw the other videos and realized he was 100% correct. There's a time when you need to be gentle with children and then there's a time when you need to put the fear of Dad into them.

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u/Daddywags42 14d ago edited 13d ago Silver Wholesome

Mistake #1: over filling the pot with oil. To avoid Put Turkey in pot, then fill with oil, then take the Turkey out. Mistake #2: forgetting to Turn off the burner when putting the Turkey in. Mistake #3: not having a fire extinguisher handy.

Edit: fell asleep right after posting this comment. To be clear, I’ve never fried a turkey. Auto correct capitalized the words for me. I’m sure there are a million more mistakes that could be avoided.

Mistake #4: going shopping on Black Friday. Go to a park.

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u/thekiller54985498 14d ago

Also defrosting the damn turkey wouldve been a good idea.

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u/Dragonace1000 14d ago

Yeah, frozen turkey placed in boiling hot oil over an open flame is a recipe for a massive fireball. I don't know why people choose to be willfully ignorant and put themselves and their loved ones at risk, when a 5 minute Google search would give them all the info they need to do everything safely.

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u/LivelyZebra 14d ago

Because they know better and it hurts their ego to admit they need to look something up

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u/andreortigao 14d ago

The good part of being a depressed cunt is that I have no ego.

I always Google shit up, even if I know what I'm doing and I've done it before.

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u/jerstud56 14d ago

I searched for all kinds of things yesterday while cooking. Zero people asked what I had to search and all the people were very thankful for a delicious feast.

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u/monkwren 14d ago

My wife and I have been making some of these dishes for a decade, and we still pull out the recipes. Ain't no shame in doing things right.

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u/Substantial_Tomato97 14d ago

Nothing like the self doubt of "I've made this recipe a million times, better reread the instructions"

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u/EarthRester 14d ago

Then there's me looking up the temp and duration of a recipe I've made dozens of times.

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u/doctorDanBandageman 14d ago

To be fair some of these videos looked like they were before google existed

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u/Miffleframp 14d ago

Yeah video quality aside, that camcorder font is unmistakable.

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u/halfeclipsed 14d ago

Every year for the past 20 years this is the discussion. Yet every year there are still idiots that catch stuff on fire.

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u/BagOnuts 14d ago

That’s what’s causing most of those flame-ups, 100%.

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u/Alpha433 14d ago

Not just defrosting, you gotta wipe that shit down. Any water is going to cause it to roll over.

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u/pinkpineapples007 14d ago

And knowing how to handle an oil fire. And use a properly rated fire extinguisher. And don’t just stand in front of the flaming oven holding the turkey. Like JC how was that lady not melted?

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u/rdp3186 14d ago edited 13d ago

Don't ever put a turkey in cold oil, makes it greasy and soggy and won't properly crisp. Plus cold oil introduced in hot oil will just add to the risk of the oil overflowing and going out of control.

Put a thawed turkey in the empty fryer, then fill with water till its on top of the turkey. Take the turkey out and with a wooden ruler or dipstick mark the water level, that's how much oil you will safely need. Dump the water, put the marked dipstick in then pour oil into up to the marked level.

As far as the turkey, make sure it's fully thawed out before even attempting. After submerging it in water, simply pat it dry and put back in the fridge till ready to fry.

Otherwise yes, bring oil to proper frying temperature, turn off burner, submerge fully thawed turkey SLOWLY, then once stable and fully submerged you can turn burned back on to keep the temperature. Turn burner off before taking turkey out.

You can also use a metal ladder with a longer rope and a shiv/pulley to submerge the turkey safely to keep your distance from the hot oil.

Electric fryers are also a much safer alternative that still has the same taste and texture as regular frying, plus the cold oil will aid in the

Source: father is a retired firefighter who has been frying our turkeys every year for almost 20 years without any issues or danger.

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u/ClamHammer247 14d ago

Mistake #4 not fully thawing through turkey

Mistake #5 not fully drying the turkey

Mistake #6 just quarter the turkey and then fry it. You'll get more of an even cook and the chances of this happening go way down.

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u/Lartnestpasdemain 14d ago

There were several attempts

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u/Tripondisdic 14d ago

Does frying a Turkey actually taste good

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u/salamiTommy_ 14d ago Helpful

Oh yeah. Way more juicy and the skin is great.

Just don’t fill the pot with too much oil, make sure the turkey is fully defrosted, and before you drop it in, turn off the burner so if oil does spill it won’t fall into a flame and combust.

Oh and do it outside.

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u/The_Doct0r_ 14d ago

Preferably on dirt and away from, well, anything.

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u/nomearodcalavera 14d ago

so... middle of the desert. ok, noted. hopefully i remember in the future.

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u/The_Doct0r_ 14d ago

Now you're getting it!

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u/xtilexx 14d ago

Preferably in Death Valley or the Gobi

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u/JedNascar 14d ago

Frying a turkey in Death Valley is easy. You just leave it outside. No oil or flames required.

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u/Ember_Kitten 14d ago

I was born in Vegas, about 2 hours drive from death valley and I used to put cookie dough in my car to cook while I did stuff. I also distinctly remembering buying hamburger patties from a store, walking 20 minutes home with them, and they had already started to brown in the bag. And for some reason I walked barefoot a lot outside

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u/Rush7en 14d ago

Great way to get food poisoning.

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u/CrepeGate 14d ago

The US is so funny. You guys just found parts of your country where it's like, "no human can live in this hellish place accursed by the gods themselves!" and then you just go, "Looks like a sweet spot for a giant metropolis!"

Even Australia noped out of like 80% of their land mass

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u/nxcrosis 14d ago

It's a well known fact that Australians are restricted to the cities they have because the Emus keep them in it.

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u/gravitas-deficiency 14d ago

never forget

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u/VegasLife84 14d ago

TBF, Vegas started out as a convenient place for the mob to wash their money a safe distance from civilization. Turns out people were more than willing to come to a desert shithole to gamble, and it just spiraled out of control.

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u/Ember_Kitten 14d ago

Phoenix in particular is a monument and testament to the arrogance of mankind.

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u/Small_Dick_Enrgy 14d ago

Far away outside lol

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u/Ersthelfer 14d ago

And take a (suitable, not water based) fire extinguisher with you.

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u/Ember_Kitten 14d ago

While you're 100% right, I just want to add to this.

For oil/grease fires its actually best to choke the flames out if you can, and can safely, definitely bring a non water extinguisher, but cover the fire with a metal lid or cover so it doesn't have any oxygen to burn. For this reason, only fry things in a pan that you have a metal cover for (glass will shatter). Use Baking soda for small uncontained fires, as pouring baking sida wont run the same risk of spreading out the oil. Using a pressurized extinguisher first will not only ruin your food (which could still be saveable if you snuff out the flame) but it could also spread out and disperse hot burning oil all over same as water would.

For extinguishers, always use PASS: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle at the base of the flame, Squeeze the trigger on the extinguisher, Sweep back and forth at the base of the flame. The goal is to deprive the base of the flame of oxygen (by covering it in your extingushing agent, in this case, C02 rich powder in a B class extinguisher) And always, but especially for oil, do this at a good and safe distance to prevent the pressurized powder from spreading the hot oil around.

Lastly, if you're pulling out an extinguisher for a oil/grease fire, call the fire department. Even if you think you got it. Any fire fighter will be happier that you just wanted an expert to make sure it's handled priperly and safely than respond to your house burning down. A fire isn't considered out until the tempature has dropped significantly as many fires can start back up even after being "put out"

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u/PM_ME_UR_CODE_GIRL 14d ago

This guy/gal extinguishes.

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u/iamboosh 14d ago

My uncle was really good at deep frying turkeys. Still scared me shitless every time i saw him do it. Mfer did it in a damn wooden shed filled with firewood at least 4 times a year.

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u/Animagi27 14d ago

Playing life on hard mode.

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u/BostonDodgeGuy 14d ago

Once you know how much oil your pot needs and the turkey's defrosted fully, it's really not that dangerous.

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u/Doppelthedh 14d ago

Determined not to pay any hospital bills

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u/Zombie_Fuel 14d ago

And free cremation!

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u/xtBADGERtx77 14d ago

Sounds like a classic Uncle. A little bit crazy but they get the job done.

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u/turning_a_new_leaf2 14d ago

Forgot the most important part where you have to pat down the outside with paper towels to dry it off before putting it in

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u/EViLTeW 14d ago

Not just the outside. I use a quarter of a roll of paper towel drying the turkey before frying. A lot of liquid is in the cavity.

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u/electronicdream 14d ago

Still talking about turkeys?

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u/CrispyVibes 14d ago

Truly good advice can be applied in many facets of life.

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u/RaiseOutside8472 14d ago

dry it perhaps. aint it a reaction between water and hot oil.?

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u/Auctoritate 14d ago

It's super often that the issue is a frozen turkey is put into oil and the frozen parts put off steam and make the oil boil over, but there's more than one thing that people mess up trying to fry turkeys. The other most common issue is that people fill up the fryer most of the way with oil, and when they lower the turkey in it makes the oil overflow because they overfilled it.

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u/ChaosPheonix11 14d ago

Yep. The amount of these people that don’t fuckin understand basic water displacement or how flammable oil should perhaps not be near an open flame right as you’re at the volitile part of frying something… it truly boggles the mind.

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u/dtallee 14d ago

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
George Carlin

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u/Ember_Kitten 14d ago

Not a reaction, water and oil don't mix, what's happening is the oil is super quickly heating the water until the steam tries to force itself out. Usually, with small things, this would just be some splatters of hot oil, like when you cook bacon. But at this scale it's enough to displace the oil, which floats on top of the water, and then that oil ignites on the flames from the burner. Same reason you don't put oil in pasta water.

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u/quieterthanlasagna 14d ago

You don’t put some oil in your pasta water?

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u/Ember_Kitten 14d ago

It doesn't do anything in the first place, if you want pasta to not stick, you have to keep it moving by stirring, oil doesn't mix with water so it literally does nothing for the pasta in any case, and if your pasta water over boils (which is common due to the starch) the first thing to hit the burner is oil.

This is part of the reason learning to make fresh pasta is superior, as it takes no time to cook, unlike dry pasta, so stirring it isn't as much of a chore. Also it's just a lot of fun and really tasty, though be warned, the first time you make fresh pasta, you will immediately open pandoras box and become a pasta elitist.

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u/19Alexastias 14d ago

It’s not really a reaction, it’s just that water is heavier than oil, but steam is lighter, so the water sinks to the bottom with the turkey (as well as any ice that might be attached to it, if it’s not properly defrosted), is brought rapidly to boiling point, and then shoots upwards, pushing the oil out of the way fairly violently.

The fire is caused by the exposed flame though. As long as you turn that off, the worst that will happen is some oil spillage and spitting (which can still burn you, but isn’t quite as dramatic as an oil fire)

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u/C__Wayne__G 14d ago

Delicious, really juicy and the skin gets crispy and flavorful. It’s my favorite way to have a turkey. And it doesn’t take 4 hours so that’s nice too.

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u/rarebit13 14d ago

How long do you get something that size, and how doesn't it burn the outside before the inside is cooked?

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u/MentalRepairs 14d ago

Liquids transfer heat better than air, and oil moreso than water. Submerging a turkey (remember, it's hollow inside) in oil at a temperature higher than the boiling point of water will cook the turkey somewhat evenly due to the short time. The moisture of the turkey is also locked in to a certain degree. The final touch to get the crispy skin is done through a second fry at high temp.

What burns quickly when you make fried chicken is the batter.

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u/COCAINE_EMPANADA 14d ago

I cooked a 12 lb bird in about an hour and twenty minutes. It comes out juicy like a rotisserie chicken with crispy skin. Don't know how it doesn't burn but it's perfect, I'll never make turkey any other way again.

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u/RonBourbondi 14d ago

If you want to up it brine it, smoke the turkey for 2-3 hours, and then finish it off with a deep fry.

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u/Jaqen___Hghar 14d ago

That sounds divine.

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u/LemonHerb 14d ago

Yeah really good, almost as good as spatchcocking.

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u/Holymuffdiver9 14d ago

They're pretty meh to me. My brother has done one for a couple years now while I just do a good brine and rub on mine and consistently get better results. I've only ever had two, but basically unless you get a piece with skin then you'd never know it was fried and the flavor doesn't permeate the meat well.

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u/BasicDesignAdvice 14d ago

Turkey is just meh.

We switched to a standing rib roast last year and we're not looking back.

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u/Appleidisfake 14d ago

I heard its …….fire

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u/Texas_Technician 14d ago

Yes. I prefer smoking. But it takes alot of work.

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u/cyberfrog777 14d ago

Had a side by side once. The regular turkey was great and delicious. Then tried the deep fried and OH MY GOD! Tried the regular again and it just tasted like sand.

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u/GingerBawls 14d ago

Idiots. Frozen turkey and hot oil dont mix.

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u/StoicJ 14d ago

A fair few of them also seem to think that turkey's don't take up space inside a pot and are surprised when hot oil starts spilling out

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u/Sterlingrose93 14d ago

Or the drop it in not thinking it will splash oil straight on to an open flame.

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u/dnuohxof-1 14d ago

It’s like no one ever sat in a full bathtub before and learned about liquid displacement….

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u/Alarming_Cat_3616 14d ago

My kids used to take baths together when they were younger, and my youngest would become absolutely furious when the oldest left, “Making the water go away”

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u/Eclectic_Radishes 14d ago

That sounds like it would be some kind of eureka moment

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u/harriharris 14d ago

Settle down there Archimedes

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u/Vomit_Tingles 14d ago

They certainly didn't learn it in school either.

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u/OfficerBarbier 14d ago

AND TURN OFF THE FUCKING BURNER WHEN YOU PUT IT IN

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u/maximusprime2328 14d ago

This happens to most people because they don't account for displacement. Oil spills over and combusts with the burner. The trick is trying it with water first. Not boiling water

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u/Dragonace1000 14d ago edited 14d ago

Yeah I always heard the rule of thumb was to put the turkey in, add water to cover the turkey, then remove the turkey and note how much water is left. Shit takes like 2-3 minutes to do, yet people are like "Fuck it" and fill the pot 3/4 full. Then they end up burning down their garage or some other easily avoidable disaster and are still confused as to what went wrong.

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u/kabula_lampur 14d ago

Turkey needs to be as dried out as possible on the outside, moisture on the turkey plus hot oil is the typical cause of this. Also, the flame needs to be out while the turkey is being lowered into the oil. This will prevent any fireballs if the oil over flows. Most importantly, the oil should always be measured correctly for only as much as is need to just barely cover all of the turkey. A lot of incidents like this happen because people use way too much oil, thinking they need to fill the pot full.

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u/canadatrasher 14d ago

I recommend dry brining the fully thawed turkey overnight with salt to really reduce surface water.

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u/micahfett 14d ago

Before frying a turkey, while it's still wrapped in plastic put the turkey in the frying pot and add water until it's covered with a little bit of extra depth for good measure.

Remove the turkey and look at the amount of water left behind: this is how much oil you need to use. Make sure your frying pot has a lot of extra space so that any splashing will not cause the oil to overflow the pot or splash out. Get a big pot.

When adding your turkey make sure it's been patted dry; any water on the turkey will cause boiling and splattering and splashing. Also, turn off the burner flame when you add the turkey. Once it's been added and settled, turn the heat back on.

Do it outside and away from your house and try not to do it on your deck so you don't get hot oil all over your deck.

Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. Make sure it's rated "B" (probably will say "ABC" on the side). Don't use a hose on the pot if it catches fire. Put a lid on it after any initial flare up. Turn off the flame on the burner. You can use a hose on your house or anything else that catches fire but not on the pot of burning oil.

Wear a long sleeved shirt over something else so that if you get splashed with boiling or burning oil you can just rip your shirt off.

Keep kids away. Be safe.

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u/conejiux 14d ago

I saw a video of this group of crows that knew how to use little rocks to solve a "water puzzle" and get a treat. When they dunked the rock in a water trap it made it overflow and ergo gave them the treat.

Those crows are smarter than these people.

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u/kharmatika 14d ago

Park rangers have stated that it’s tough to make bear proof trash cans because “the overlap between the smartest bears and the stupidest campers is significant”

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u/Allysa209 14d ago

The smart bear and stupidest camper overlap Is my favorite fun fact xD

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u/Joe_Rogan_cx 14d ago

Crows and many other animals are smarter than 90% of Americans

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u/KairuneG 14d ago

As a chef I have never understood how people can be so stupid as to use fuckin trash cans full of oil to fry turkeys.

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u/BrainOnLoan 14d ago

I assume the proper course is to use the smallest pot that conveniently contains the turkey?

Then poor in enough oil to cover it (with turkey inside). Take out turkey, heat up the oil, put turkey back in.

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u/1000 14d ago

You have to make sure you've got a lot of clearance above the turkey in the pot. Oil expands quite a bit when heated.

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u/AspieDM 14d ago

Okay seeing as I saw a clip from the medical drama Trauma where some idiot got 4th degree burns from doing this. I can’t help but worry for humanity……

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u/PuddingPast5862 14d ago

One of my department supervisors burned down 10 condo's doing that same thing. Next year State Farm comes out with there commercial. I was like " that was your dumb ass wasn't it"

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u/cdiddy19 14d ago

Wait, I need to see that commercial now

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u/NotaGoodLover 14d ago

The Turkey decided to take out the dads with them

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u/postal_tank 14d ago

How bad does one have to be at cooking for them to decide and dunk a frozen turkey into boiling oil? Get takeout ffs.

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u/fallsstandard 14d ago

And here’s my favorite on the subject; Alton Brown demonstrating what it takes to deep fry a whole turkey at home safely.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u5a7gJ0_Fds

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u/uptwolait 14d ago

Pro tips:

Before frying, put the turkey in the vat and fill it with cold water to a safe level. Then remove the turkey to see where the water level settles. Put a piece of masking tape or draw a line with a marker on the outside of the vat. Empty out the water, wipe the vat dry, then fill it with cooking oil to the same level. You won't have an overflow of hot oil when you lower in the turkey.

Also, make damn sure all the water has been wiped off of the outside of the turkey, and that there is no water inside it. We've all seen enough reddit videos of what happens when water meets boiling oil.

Enjoy!

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u/greilzor 14d ago

Extra tip: Turn off the damn burner when you’re dropping it.

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u/hobowithmachete 14d ago

Should be tip #1.

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u/CousinSkeeter89 14d ago

A bunch of stupid morons. The turkey has to be completely thawed out first of all. Secondly, the oil can't be filled more than half the pan. If people followed these rules there will be no problems. I have been frying Turkeys for over 20 years with no accidents.

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u/PointlessOverthought 14d ago

You’re ten types of stupid if you’re doing this shit inside.

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u/thelaststarz 14d ago

This is so wholesome

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u/drDEATHtrix9876 14d ago

As a non American, I would love to know if anyone has done this and been happy with the results?

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u/1955photo 14d ago

YES! Deep fried turkey is delicious. Moist, flavorful, tender.

Quite often restaurants will take pre-orders and have a setup where they fry a bunch and sell them.

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u/Echo_hominy 14d ago

I skipped it this year because an ache in my knee made me lazy and I dreaded the amount of prep work required, but I’ve made 5 in the last 3 years successfully. They’ve always been a hit, and if my guests are happy then I’m happy.

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u/Ill-Public-7777 14d ago

Emergency room visits skyrocket on holidays. Also plumbers basically make bank during thanksgiving and Christmas because house guests are clogging up the shitter.

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u/GlobalLime6889 14d ago

Turkeys revenge for eating them

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u/Conranoss 14d ago

At one point in time it would have baffled me how many people screw this up. Then I worked at Walmart and later tech support for another company and now I understand