The Turkey Fryer Off Season

Sunday, January 2, 2011 @ 02:01 PM

Well the holidays are over. Time to box your turkey fryer kit back up and put it in the back of the garage, in the shed, or the attic and get it out of the way until next Thanksgiving. Right? Totally, totally WRONG!

There is no need to put your fryer away because it is a multi-cooker. Not only do you want it out for deep fried wings for the playoffs, you want it out for that big pot of chili that you are going to make for the Superbowl party. You can take it tailgating to one of the playoff games. You can use it to steam corn on the cob for the next meeting at the fire house. Make a big pot of jambalaya for a church dinner. And don’t forget that racing season is right around the corner. Speed week starts right after the Superbowl as well as the NHRA drag racing season. For those of us that tailgate and BBQ all year long, packing your outdoor cooking equipment away at any point is just a ridiculous thought.

Not to mention the fact that the stock pot of a turkey fryer is just that. Perfect for making stock. Throw your turkey carcass in the pot with a bunch of water and some herbs and boil it into stock. Strain out the bones, pick through for meat. Add fresh celery, onions, carrots and potatoes. Throw in any leftover gravy and sliced turkey that you may have. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, and viola, turkey soup.

A turkey fryer is an outdoor cooker with a stock pot. You can steam, stew, boil, simmer and deep fry with it. It can go any place that a propane barbecue grill can go. Camping, tailgating, the beach, a picnic, or even just in your back yard.

You can even use your outdoor propane deep fryer to cook down maple sap into syrup. To get a small bottle of syrup you have to start with a lot of sap. It is not that easy to just do this in your house, though it has been done. Why not start it off outside with your turkey fryer, and cook it down until it is at a comfortable amount to bring inside to finish off?

The point is, is that there is no “off season” when it comes to your outdoor propane deep fryer. Use your imagination. Have a Low Country Boil in the middle of winter. Go cold weather camping or cold weather tailgating. Have a Friday night fish fry. Use it in the summer to steam lobster and clams. A turkey fryer is a piece of outdoor cooking equipment that you spent money on. Use it. Make it worth the investment. It’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore!

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