WANT. Don’t have the facilities, don’t have the time, don’t have the equipment – but. WANT.
Facilities: four square feet, outdoors, where kids and dogs won’t knock it over.
Equipment: turkey fryer kit is around $50 at Academy or such places. Home Depot and Lowe’s have them too. You’ll also need a propane tank.
10-12 lb. turkey: free with a decent sized grocery purchase in many places.
Time: about an hour. 30 minutes to heat the oil (usually takes me longer for some reason), 3 minutes cook time per pound of turkey.
Your excuses are summarily rejected. Go thou forth and enjoy the goodness that is Fried Turkey.
Aside from that, I recommend that you buy a couple of turkeys and fry them up at the same time. Saves time on heating the oil. You can also fry chicken the exact same way. I’ve also heard of frying pork shoulders and other types of meat, but I’ve never tried it.
Oh, I recommend eye protection in addition to the gloves and long sleeve shirt that article discusses. If it splashes it splashes a lot. Usually won’t splash unless there’s liquid in the cavity or on the outside of the bird.
Also, if you were thinking you don’t need a whole turkey and just want to fry the breast – don’t do it. It won’t turn out well at all. The breast by itself ends up too dried out for some reason. Also – smaller turkeys are better, the 10-12 pounders are optimal, a 22 pound bird will not turn out as well as a 12 pounder.
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