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Why do frozen turkeys explode when deep-fried?

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Why on earth would you deep fry a turkey? Just stick it in the oven covered with smoked, streaky bacon and a packet of butter under it’s skin.

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A “traditionally-prepared” roast turkey is great but most will agree @Luddite 8:07pm “deep-fried” is a unique, American way of preparing what Ben Franklin once proposed for the “majestic, National Bird”.

If you enjoy the bubbly-crisp texture of chicken, or duck skin, coupled with succulent juices of roasted meat sealed into every bite, then you may also enjoy ‘deep-fried’ turkey.

Acadian (“Cajun”) and Creole cooking boomed in the late 70’s - early 90’s as result of a PBS Saturday cooking show favorite, Justine Wilson. Wilson claimed to have first seen it prepared as early as the 1930’s. Wilson popularized the trend by featuring on his show. (He later pioneered the idea of equally delicious, smoked “TurDuckHen”.)

Whole, deep-fried turkeys have since grown in popularity across the U.S. since the 80’s, featured at state fairs and large festivals equipped to deep fry the large birds whole and sell pieces year-round, not just during the Nov-Jan American Holiday Season. More on the history of deep-fried turkeys here:

https://www.vogue.com/article/food-thanksgiving-deep-fried-turkey -

*- @Luddite 8:07pm**; “Why on earth would you deep fry a turkey? Just stick it in the oven covered with smoked, streaky bacon and a packet of butter under it’s skin” -*

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Correction to @8:37pm above:* ***Chef Justin Wilson, **not Justine. (The famous Cajun chef was a man.)

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Retroactive bubba birth control, culling the herd.

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You must have an enormous fryer to get a whole turkey in.

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Never heard of this. I would love to taste it but draw the line at deep frying it myself

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Very good article. Well done...

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Never heard of deep frying a turkey. always oven baked.

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