How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Deep frying a turkeyDeep fried turkey is a nouveau Thanksgiving treat, rising in popularity less than a decade ago but still nowhere near commonplace across the US. ShortOrder.com wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving this year, and with emphasis on the ‘safe’ part, we’d like to offer everyone a layman’s guide to safely deep-frying yourself a Thanksgiving treat.

Thaw the Turkey

Ideally, you’d be able to get a fresh turkey the night before Thanksgiving and keep it in the fridge, but how realistic is that? Better safe than sorry; get an appropriately-sized frozen turkey a week in advance and allow it to thaw in the fridge for that week (roughly one day per 4 pounds.)

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Top 5 Summer Fair Foods for Fryers

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

As the winter chill blows in and the holidays are upon us, you’re probably wishing for some of that bygone summer sunshine right now.  If you’re feeling nostalgic for summer food, use fryers to recreate your favorite fried recipes from the county fair.  Yes, there are plenty of winter foods to satisfy your fried cravings (see fried stuffing on a stick), but there is nothing like a good old-fashioned summer treat to take you back to those warmer days.  And there is so much more out there in the fryers than doughnuts.  The Texas State Fair, for example, holds a contest every year to determine the best, most original food among the concessionaires, and most of the contenders—and almost all of the winners for the last seven years—have been deep-fried.  2012’s winners of the Big Tex Choice Award?  The trophy for Best Taste went to the “Deep-Fried Jambalaya,” and Most Creative was awarded to the “Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll.”  Heat up the fryers this winter and take a trip to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with these crispy dishes.

1. Deep-Fried Cotton Candy
Never was there a more classic fair food.  This traditional spun-sugar treat is battered lightly in a funnel cake mix, quick-fried, and skewered.

2. Deep-Fried Oreos
Fryers all over the nation regularly fire up for this fair favorite.  It’s as simple as it sounds: Oreo cookies dipped in pancake batter and deep-fried.  Best served hot, the cookie itself becomes soft like the pancake surrounding it.

3. Southern Fried Pies
The fried pie has been around for over 100 years as a Southern dessert staple.  More like a turnover or an empanada than a slice of traditional pie, the fried pie consists of fruit filling wrapped in pastry dough.  They are served as hand pies, so pass the napkins.

4. Deep-Fried S’mores
The traditional campfire food is now even messier.  Using marshmallow fluff or flat marshmallows (yes, they make them just for s’mores now), assemble chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallow, then dip in sweet batter and fry.  You might ask for “s’more,” but your arteries might say “No thank you.”

5. Deep-Fried Samoas
Your favorite Girl Scout cookie has gone rogue.  The Samoa cookie (also known as a “Caramel DeLite”) is wrapped in a wonton wrapper and deep-fried to perfection, then drizzled with chocolate sauce, caramel, and coconut. “Be prepared” for a sweet, sweet heart attack.

Preparing a Fried Fall Feast with Gen2 Fryers

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Now that October is coming to a close, it’s time to put away our spooky decorations, throw away the piles of empty candy wrappers, and make room for cornucopias, copious amounts of football, and a delicious autumn feast. This Thanksgiving consider using one of our Gen2 fryers to help you prepare a tasty fall meal in deep fried style. (Tis’ the season to treat ourselves, right?) Here are some of our favorite dishes that we know will complement any holiday meal.

Sides


Fried Stuffing on a Stick
 This is exactly what it sounds like: your favorite stuffing recipe battered, stuck on a stick, and dropped in one of our Gen2 fryers. Stuffing kebabs make it even easier to eat your favorite holiday side. And with the GEN2-F3-NAT, one of our most economical Gen 2 fryers, it’s never been easier to prepare your favorite seasonal fried foods. With a 40-pound capacity, you’ll be able to make enough stuffing to last you until New Year’s Eve.

Deep Fried Cranberry Sauce Fritters
Classic cranberry sauce is one of our favorite autumn traditions, but this new twist of a dish might just surpass the classic. You’ll need the gelatin-based cranberry sauce sliced into thin cylinders to make these disc-like servings of fried goodness. The GEN2-F3-NAT, or any of our other Gen2 Fryers, will help you get the perfect temperature to create a crunchy outside and a gooey delicious inside.

Main Course


Deep Fried Turkey
Fried turkey is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to prepare this classic holiday headliner. Deep frying the bird leaves the meat crisp and crunchy on the outside and juicy and moist on the inside. Although this method is popular, it can also be dangerous. Here’s a trick to know how much oil to put in: place your turkey in the fryer then fill it with water until the turkey is fully submerged. Take the turkey out, and the water line remaining is how much oil you need. Just don’t forget to wipe all of that water out before adding new oil! With the GEN2-F5-NAT, one of the largest of our Gen2 fryers, cooking the holiday turkey is almost as easy as eating it. And with an automatic safety shut-off, frying your favorite poultry has never been safer.

Dessert


Pumpkin Empanadas
Empanadas, or hand pies as they’re called in northern regions, are tiny fried pies with delicious filling tucked into the center. This seasonal favorite is sure to make all of your guests happy. People love pumpkin pie. Now just imagine how much they will love fried pumpkin pie. With either the GEN2-F3-NAT or the GEN2-F5-NAT, or any of our other Gen2 Fryers, making these delicious pockets of pumpkin-goodness is simple, safe, and sure to leave every holiday guest coming back for seconds.

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