Turkey Fryers – Electric or Propane cont’d.

Friday, November 5, 2010 @ 06:11 AM

So, we’ve already discussed electric turkey fryers. Lets move on to outdoor propane deep fryers.

Now there is the issue of LP gas. You must have a propane tank to cook with, but this affords portability and versatility. You can go anywhere! The beach, camping, tailgating, or even just a different place in your back yard. And speaking of versatility a traditional turkey fryer consists of  a stock pot and outdoor propane cooker. Not only can you deep fry with them, you can stew, boil and steam food. You can make chili for a cold weather camp out or have a New England clam bake right in your back yard. Always make sure you have an extra LP tank around, just in case.

The fact that your outdoors is great, because now your whole house won’t smell like you deep fried a turkey two days after you did.

Even though you are outdoors there are still safety features to keep in mind. You always want to be on stable, sturdy ground, and not near any buildings or materials that can catch fire. The kids and the dog will now have to find a different place to play than where you are set up. If it rains you cannot take your outdoor turkey fryer indoors. Do not take it on the porch or in the garage, as this could just end in a really bad day!!!

Frying oil will heat faster with a propane fryer than an electric one. Even after you put a whole turkey in the oil, it takes a significantly less time to come back up to temperature, than if you were using electricity. Most traditional outdoor fryers do not have a built in temperature gauge though. You need a deep fryer thermometer and you need to monitor your temps. There will be no little light telling you that the oil is ready. There is no safety shut off either. Again you need to monitor your temperatures and turn your regulator valve down if need be.

Traditional turkey fryers always run the risk of overflow and flare ups. This can occur if placing the food too quickly into the fryer or if it is wet or not properly thawed. A way to avoid the danger of overflow and flare ups is to get a safer fryer, like a Cajun Fryer or Bayou Fryer. These units typically have the flame on the back side and self contained fire tubes. Any overflow that may occur would happen at the front of the unit. No hot oil or flame should ever come in contact. All the same safety precautions should still be taken. Like having an all purpose fire extinguisher handy at all times. Electric or propane, indoors or outdoors, you should never use water on a hot oil fire.

Whether you decide on an indoor electric turkey fryer or an outdoor propane deep fryer, weigh your options, research,  and make an informed decision. Which fryer is best? That decision can only be made by you.

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