Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’
Spring is starting be make itself known where I live. The spring equinox does not actually arrive for about 3 more weeks, but I have started seeing my bulbs popping up around the yard. No flowers yet, but I can see some foliage popping. We have had a winter here, to rival those of days gone by. I, all of my 44 years upon this earth, here on Long Island, have never seen this much snow. I remember having a good blast every February and it was usually cold enough to last for about 2 weeks. But, anyhow, it has been a long winter, which is kind of unusual for these parts. We are usually directly affected by the Gulf Stream. The snowy weather is not usually part of our region. Colder temps. but usually quite mild.
I am usually an all winter griller. My grill and outdoor propane deep fryer were under so much snow this year that it was too big of a deal to dig a path to the grill. We were shoveling out the driveway and the sidewalks like every other day. I didn’t have the gumption to did a path anywhere else. So I settled for all indoor cooking this winter. Slow cooker, cast iron Dutch oven, my Crock Pot BBQ Pit, my counter top deep fryer, and I used the broiler a few times. This really has to be the first winter that I did not grill outdoors at all.
Well, spring has finally sprung as far as I am concerned. All the snow has finally melted in my yard. I can get to my grill & my Cajun Fryer. I think that it is time for a good old fashioned barbecue and fish fry. Seeing that Fat Tuesday is upon us, I may just have to make this happen. I need to get a big old pot of jambalaya going, deep fry some fresh fish and grill up some brisket and ribs.
Of course, my outdoor cooking equipment has been outside, under wraps, but outside. It never gets put away because normally I could be seen in the middle of January grilling steak or doing Beer Can chicken. So seeing as my cooking gear has spent the winter under a pile of snow, I guess I will have to give it all a thorough once over. Check my hoses and regulators and my propane tanks. (Yes, I said tanks. I keep 3 at all times. One for my grill, one for my deep fryer, and one spare.) This should be done normally anyway, but as I said, this past winter has been an anomaly. My grill has never gone this long without food on it. I cooked a prime rib in my grill for Christmas dinner, and it hasn’t gotten any love since. My Cajun Fryer hasn’t been used since Thanksgiving. I had planned to deep fry half of my freezer stores on Superbowl Sunday and for The Daytona 500, but there has just been too much snow.
This week is the week I intend to give my cooking equipment a whole lotta love. I am going to deep fry a turkey breast, and some fish. I am going to fire up my grill. The gloves are off, or I guess I should be putting them on. It’s time to get back outside and start cooking again!
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!