Choosing a Jive Turkey v.s Roasting or Frying Your Own

Choosing a Jive Turkey v.s Roasting or Frying Your Own

Dec 31st 2015

As you plan your holiday meal, one big question that comes up is how to prepare your turkey. Here we compare traditional oven roasting or deep frying your own with purchasing a Jive Turkey both have their advantages and drawbacks.

So, what are the benefits of each? What are the drawbacks?

Benefits Of Deep-Frying A Turkey

Deep-fried turkey has skyrocketed in popularity, becoming a trend to rival the standard method of baking turkey in the oven. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • The wow factor: Cooking a turkey in a huge backyard fryer over an open flame makes for a very dramatic presentation.
  • Speed: Jive Turkey's heat and eat deep-fried turkey is much faster than traditional oven baking. A 12-pound turkey could be done in as little as a 45 minutes and deep frying at home is also faster than hours roasting a turkey in the oven..
  • Flavor: Deep-frying quickly seals in moisture resulting in very juicy meat with a distinctive, crispy exterior.
  • Clean up: You won’t have to scrub out a roasting pan or deal with old turkey brining fluids in the garbage until trash pickup day. 

Drawbacks of Deep-Frying Your Own Turkey

Instead of purchasing a Jive Turkey you may be considering deep-frying your own turkey this year, be aware of these potential problems:

  • Danger: If oil spills out onto the burner, this could cause a serious fire. Additionally, any splattering oil during the frying process could cause serious burns.
  • Expense: You’ll have to buy gallons of frying oil for this cooking method as well as the equipment you’ll need to deep-fry and but you can be left with a LOT of used dirty oil if you fry your own..
  • Weather: Unless you’ve purchased a special deep fryer designed for indoor use, deep-frying has to be done outdoors. A heavy rain could put a real damper on your holiday meal plans.
  • Mess: Spilled oil can stain your driveway or deck.
  • Non-traditional style: Some guests might miss the traditional stuffing or gravy that aren’t always served with a deep-fried bird.
  • Food poisoning risks: Even though turkey cooks fast, if you undercook it you still risk getting sick.

Deep Fried Turkey:

Why Oven Roast a Turkey?

Traditional oven roasting is a method that’s stood the test of time for a number of reasons including:

  • Economics: You don’t need to buy any additional equipment; your existing oven will do just fine.
  • Safety: Baking a turkey in the oven presents almost no fire risk as long as you are using proper methods. You also don’t have to worry about splatter burns when the turkey is slowly baking in a closed oven.
  • Tradition: This style of cooking lends itself well to the traditional fixings your guests are accustomed to.
  • Time for other things: As your turkey slowly bakes in the oven, you’ll have plenty of time for other holiday preparations and still be able to keep an eye on the turkey.

Drawbacks Of Oven Baked Turkey

Even the tried and true method of turkey preparation carries some possible drawbacks. These may include:

  • Dryness: Oven baked turkey runs the risk of drying out, particularly the breast meat.
  • A long wait: You’ll definitely need to get an early start on your turkey because it will need to cook for many hours, the exact amount determined by the size of the bird. For larger birds (18+ pounds) expect at least five hours.
  • Food poisoning risk: If you miscalculate cooking time or temperature, an undercooked turkey may carry salmonella or other organisms that could make you sick.

Oven Baked Turkey:

We recommend that you choose the easiest and most delicious way and purchase a turkey from Jive Turkey your guests will be able to enjoy a delicious holiday meal that you prepared with love.