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Paleo Thanksgiving - Deep-fried turkey

by (309) Updated November 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM Created October 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I come from a big Italian family - up until recently, I was the biggest. They've been riding me pretty steadily about going Paleo, but they can't argue with the results. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I'm trying to find little ways to tip the meal towards Paleo/whole foods (not the brand, but the concept). It's the first big family gathering that I have the ability to influence - all of the other holidays are celebrated with pasta and pastries.

My dad uses peanut oil to deep fry the bird because of its high temperature performance. Does anyone have a suggestion for Paleo oil that can perform just as well (and preferrably won't cost an arm and a leg)?

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26354 · October 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

You may also want to try another method. Fried Turkey is delicious -- But so is apple wood smoked turkey.

Your other option is to focus paleo-izing the sides. Lots of great opportunities there. And honestly, eating some peanut-fried turkey is not going to kill you.

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3673 · October 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

For the life of me, I don't understand the appeal of fried turkey. Would anyone consider roasting in the oven or on an outdoor grill? It might bring back wonderful memories and avoid serveral health and safety issues.

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11036 · October 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

For what it's worth, if we decide to deep fry the bird this year, we'll just use the peanut oil. From past experience, the bird doesn't get greasy, so I don't know that we actually ingest a great deal of the oil.

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2412 · October 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Lard. Save your bacon grease. Organic, naturally cured (w/o celery salt or nitrates) is but if it has either it is OK. Don't use blocks of lard from the store as they are hydrogenated and contain trans fats.

Coconut oil would also work but then I would use pineapples as garnish as you will have a bird that smells like the tropics.

Both are high temperature oils.

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0 · November 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

@jcentonze

A year later (and my first post, I think, though I glean knowledge from you all often), but maybe still useful to folks this Thanksgiving. The below website (NAYY) sells organic high oleic sunflower oil in bulk for about $17/gallon. Don't know about shipping costs, or how much you might need. I was just doing some surfing, debating whether deep frying is something I might want to try (*everyone* seems to have indoor fryers on sale-was ogling one at Costco the other day) and came upon your thread and this link:

http://www.bulknaturaloils.com/Products/15857-bulk-high-oleic-organic-sunflower-oil.aspx

N.B. for extraction method it just says “refined” not cold pressed or whatever, while the non-organic version says “Solvent Extracted."

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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0 · November 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM

@jcentonze

A year later (and my first post, though I glean knowledge from you all often), but maybe still useful to folks this Thanksgiving. The below website (NAYY) sells organic high oleic sunflower oil in bulk for about $17/gallon. Don't know about shipping costs, or how much you need. I was just doing some surfing, debating whether deep frying is something I might want to try (*everyone* seems to have indoor fryers on sale-was ogling one at Costco the other day) and came upon your thread and this link:

http://www.bulknaturaloils.com/Products/15857-bulk-high-oleic-organic-sunflower-oil.aspx

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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0 · November 19, 2012 at 3:51 AM

This isnt for deep fried Turkey, I agree there are much better ideas... My daughter is wrapping ours in BACON, again, filling cavity with garlic,apples, rosemary and other herbs, stuffing if you like!! roast in the oven and this is crazy good and paleo.....

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48 · October 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I think you can fry with pecan oil.

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