Day after Christmas Edition.
You may remember our little Thanksgiving adventure…. well, today’s little adventure actually started because of that Thanksgiving adventure.
Greg planned to fry the turkey then, but because it was very windy outside, decided that it would be safer to roast the turkey instead. The oil could wait until Christmas, and we’d fry a turkey then. Of course Greg can’t just use plain ol’ canola oil, nope, he has to flavor it with fresh rosemary, chopped garlic, and who knows what else. That oil was such a pretty green from the fresh herbs he put in! 😉
He did NOT brine the turkey this year, and it stayed in the refrigerator until this morning, and he injected it with some kind of concoction he cooked up instead. This afternoon, he set up the turkey fryer, measured how much oil he would need… everything went well, BUT…. it always has to be something! Right? This IS Greg, and he likes to experiment while he’s cooking.
He adds the oil into the pot to heat it, and then after a while he comes into the kitchen, where I was busy making mashed potatoes, and says
“I need your opinion”
Took what seemed like forever to get him to tell me what was going on with the oil, I was NOT going to stop what I was doing to go outside!
“It doesn’t smell good”
“Doesn’t smell good how? Like it went bad?”
“Yes… but I thought after it’s been cooking, it would get better”
“Then why take any chances??!!”
So outside he went, to dump out the oil, and then off to the store to get more. At least he didn’t put the turkey in first and then decide that something doesn’t seem right!
What do you think, does he find ways to mess up the turkey on purpose so I will tell him to just leave it ALL up to me? That’s just NOT going to happen. I have no problem sitting down and just eating mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, and dinner rolls. No problem at all!
Right now, the fresh, non-flavored oil is heating up, and hopefully I won’t have to come back and update this little story. Although I might go outside and take a picture to add later.
Several weeks ago, Greg thought it would be nice to have a fried turkey for dinner. He’s fried them before, and they always turned out delicious. So he buys the turkey, puts it in the brine for a couple of days, and then sets up the turkey fryer in the back yard – far away from the house, “just in case”. When the oil was hot enough, he puts the turkey in… the oil temperature drops, which is normal, but then it won’t go back up! Seems that the propane tank might be empty?? What to do now?! He decides to bring it inside and finish frying it on the stove! Of course I have to help him, haul that huge HEAVY pot into the house, and we can’t just walk through the back yard and use the back door, that leads straight into the kitchen. Nope, that door is stuck and won’t open without a sledge hammer. We have to walk around the front and use the front door, which means walking twice as far, and having to walk through the living room and dining room to get into the kitchen…hoping we don’t spill that nice hot oil and send that turkey sliding right into he computer room! All goes well and we got the pot safely into the kitchen and on the stove, although I was a little worried about the stove collapsing under all that weight. Frying took a little longer on the stove, because the temp didn’t get quite as high as it should, but the turkey tasted delicious!
Today, on Thanksgiving, the plan is to fry the turkey… let’s hope everything goes off without a hitch this time. I need the stove to cook the side dishes!
** Check back later today for a little bonus post 🙂