Thanksgiving Turkey Fry 2010 Schedule
(Last updated 11-24-2010 at 5:30pm MST)

At this time...
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday 25 November) is being reserved for dinner turkeys (but this can be changed, if needed)
Available fry days are:
        Wednesday 24 November after 6:00pm MST
        Thursday 25 November - Thanksgiving Day (between 7am and 11am)
        Friday 26 November (if needed)

Stores:
Albertson's has turkeys for .39/lb if you buy $25 of groceries (or more)
Try Safeway and King Soopers

Date/order to be fried Who's Turkey/Chicken Deep Fry/Oil-less Infrared Marinade Weight (lbs) Start Time (approx) Cook Time (mins:secs)
24 Nov (Wednesday) Carol & Frank          
24 Nov (Wednesday) Patty & Dana          
24 Nov (Wednesday) Dick & Debi (Butterball) Deep Fry Nekkid 11.00 lbs? 6:00pm 38 minutes
24 Nov (Wednesday) Tim and Heather Deep Fry Unknown 14 lbs 6:45pm 49 minutes
24 Nov (Wednesday) Quin & Teri (Butterball) Deep Fry Butter Creole 19.51 lbs 7:30pm 68 minutes
24 Nov (Wednesday) Mom & Dad (Honeysuckle White) Deep Fry Butter Creole 19.83 lbs 8:45pm 69 minutes
24 Nov (Wednesday) Drew & Tammi          
25 Nov (Thursday) Andre          
25 Nov (Thursday) Sean          

Turkey Fry Info/Notes:
Largest recommended size for deep frying = 18 lbs (I've cooked a 21 lb'er in my fryers)
Turkey must be completely thawed
Bring a turkey pan ($1- $3 at grocery store) or a cookie sheet with a rim to take it home
Marinade - Can Marinade it the night before or when you get here

Approximate turkey cooking time (3.5 minutes/lb) then allow it to sit for 30 minutes after coming out of the oil (but no more than 2 hours)

Deep Fried in Peanut Oil Infrared (Oil-less)
Lbs Time (minutes:seconds) Lbs Time (minutes:seconds)
8 28    
10 35 First experiment went really well at...  
11 38:30 12.5 90 (is about 7.5 minutes/lb)
12 42    
13 45:30 It was probably a little over cooked but I will fine  
14 49 tune it as I cook more this way  
15 52:30    
16 56 Oil-less fryer website = www.bigeasythanksgiving.com
17 59:30    
18 63 (1 hour 3 mins)    
19 66:30 (1 hour 6 minutes 30 seconds)    
20 70 (1 hour 10 minutes)    
21 73:30 (1 hour 13 minutes 30 seconds)    
22 77 (1 hour 17 minutes)

 

 

Anyone that wants to know where to get peanut oil very cheaply (in Colorado Springs):
Bargain Mart
2323 E Boulder Colorado Springs, CO 80909-6024
(719) 447-9082

** Sam's and Costco (11-24-2008: Costco peanut oil is 35 lbs for $45)

 

NOTE:  Par cooking (like restaurant chefs do it)
Normally a turkey is cooked to 150-160 degrees.  Par cooking is when you remove the turkey at 120-130 degrees and let it cool on the counter for a few hours, then carve.  The turkey can be put in the freezer or frig and when you oven bake or microwave it - it will finish cooking it without drying it too much.

Move the turkey from the freezer to frig 4 days before the cooking date
24 hours before cooking = marinade/inject the turkey
The morning of the cooking = put the turkey on the counter (at room temp) and stand it up and cover it with a towel or something along those lines and allow it to sweat (10-12 hours on the counter should be fine)

Internal temp for turkey and chicken = 165-170 degrees

Heat oil to 350 degrees (375 max) and drop the turkey in SLOWLY
Keep temp at 325-350 degrees

Alternate website suggested the following heating times:
less than 13 pounds = 3 mins/pound
greater than 13 pounds = 3.5 mins/pound

10 lb = 30 mins
11 lb = 33 mins
12 lb = 36 mins
13 lb = 45:30 mins
14 lbs = 49 mins
15 lb = 52:30 mins