Deep Frying vs. Roasting a Turkey

Ok, so, the first thing you need to know about deep frying versus roasting your Thanksgiving turkey is
that deep frying may be tasty, but you pay for that deliciousness in fat and calories. For example, there
are about 190 calories and 11 grams of fat in a 3.5 ounce piece of deep fried turkey, while a portion of
roasted turkey the same size will run about 165 calories and 7 grams of fat.
It might just be worth it though because when you deep fry a turkey, you seal in the juices just like when
you are searing a steak. So the inside stays nice and moist, while the outside is mouthwateringly crispy.
If you are a stickler for traditions, you may not be into a deep fried bird because you won’t get any
drippings for gravy and you can’t stuff your turkey for that pretty presentation at your Thanksgiving
table.
However, you will decimate your cooking time! No more getting up at the crack of dawn to make the
stuffing and get that bird in the oven just so it will be done in time. A 12 pound turkey will only take a
little over a half hour to deep fry and if you bump it up to 15 pounds, you only increase your cooking
time to about 45 minutes!
There is no scrubbing that nasty crusted up roasting pan when you deep fry a turkey, but you will have
to shell out a couple more bucks for the gallons of peanut oil you need for deep frying. Additionally,
deep frying is weather dependent, as it would be very difficult to deep fry your turkey in a torrential
downpour.
Also, with deep frying there is a little more danger, Will Robinson (I know, I’m showing my age…and a
little weirdness). Oil can splatter or if you have too much hot oil in your pot, it can overflow and even
cause a fire. Though, I’m sure you know you can cause fires in your oven with grease as well.
Speaking of danger, if you don’t know what you are doing when you deep fry your turkey, you run the
risk of serving a crispy on the outside and underdone on the inside bird. Of course, you could undercook
your roasted bird as well – giving you and all of your guests food poisoning. You decide 
Happy Thanksgiving!

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