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Paleo Thanksgiving - Deep-fried turkey

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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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188 · November 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Never had fried turkey, sounds like loads of work beyond the normal turkey hassle.

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Sorry for the double post! I'm a newb, for sure. (I was hoping to add the note to the original.) mea culpa.

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1032 · November 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Pecan oil is not good for frying. Like any nut oil, it is very high in PUFAs. High PUFA oils held at 350F or greater for an extended period of time will lead to massive oxidation if not outright rancidity. Pecan oil should be kept in the refrigerator and never used for cooking.

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309 · October 19, 2012 at 4:52 AM

It comes down to "Ours not to reason why..." I fry my turkey because that's what the family wants to do. We control the things we can.

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3661 · October 19, 2012 at 3:15 AM

I most humbly disagree. I've tasted dozens of fried turkeys and never found one particularly good.

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2357 · October 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I make faux mashed potatoes from cauliflower that mashed potato lovers don't object to and others love. Google "cauliflower mashed potato" for a few recipes. I add goat cheese after pureeing the cauliflower for some zing, but I've also used cheddar cheese.

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3043 · October 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Pecan Oil is SUPER EXPENSIVE!

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5002 · October 18, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Fried turkeys taste SO much better!

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309 · October 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yes, that seems to be the concensus. I'll have to take a look at our usual side dishes and see where I can turn back the clock.

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309 · October 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

An interesting point. Maybe there is a better dish to conquer.

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26017 · 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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2357 · October 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I make faux mashed potatoes from cauliflower that mashed potato lovers don't object to and others love. Google "cauliflower mashed potato" for a few recipes. I add goat cheese after pureeing the cauliflower for some zing, but I've also used cheddar cheese.

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309 · October 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yes, that seems to be the concensus. I'll have to take a look at our usual side dishes and see where I can turn back the clock.

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3661 · 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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309 · October 19, 2012 at 4:52 AM

It comes down to "Ours not to reason why..." I fry my turkey because that's what the family wants to do. We control the things we can.

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3661 · October 19, 2012 at 3:15 AM

I most humbly disagree. I've tasted dozens of fried turkeys and never found one particularly good.

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5002 · October 18, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Fried turkeys taste SO much better!

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11048 · 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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309 · October 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

An interesting point. Maybe there is a better dish to conquer.

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2409 · 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 3:48 PM

Sorry for the double post! I'm a newb, for sure. (I was hoping to add the note to the original.) mea culpa.

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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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1032 · November 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Pecan oil is not good for frying. Like any nut oil, it is very high in PUFAs. High PUFA oils held at 350F or greater for an extended period of time will lead to massive oxidation if not outright rancidity. Pecan oil should be kept in the refrigerator and never used for cooking.

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3043 · October 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Pecan Oil is SUPER EXPENSIVE!

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