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How to Deep-Fry a Turkey

Ever wondered how to deep-fry a turkey? We help you pick the right oil for frying and figure out how much oil to use, so you’ll get the most delicious turkey for your family’s dinner.

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I'm Sue with the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen. Deep friend turkey is all the rage and while there are plenty of tips and techniques for making it, the real secret to success lies in the oil. To start, choose the right oil for the job. In the Test Kitchen, we preferred to use peanut oil with its highest smoke point and neutral flavor. You can also use refined canola, corn, safflower or sunflower oil. If you have a turkey fryer, it may have a fill line but this is only a guideline. To figure it out, place the whole turkey in the pot and fill with water just until the top of the turkey's covered. Now, remove the bird and let it drain back into the pot before drying it thoroughly with paper towels. Then, using a ruler, measure the distance from the waterline to the top of the pot, this will be your exact fill line. Finally, empty your pot and dry it thoroughly so there's absolutely no water remaining inside. That would cause splattering when the oil is heated. Using your measurements, fill the pot with oil and get ready to cook. Using this Better Homes and Gardens Secret to Success, frying turkey just got a little easier.