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Deep fat frying began in the southern part of the United States and has gradually spread nationwide. Turkeys are the most common food prepared by this method. However, chicken, turkey parts (breasts, wings and thighs), and Cornish game hens may be deep fat fried. Deep fat frying results in a juicy product because the hot fat seals the outside and the skin becomes crisp.

This NebFact talks about the equipment, ingredients, preparation, frying, and safety of deep fat frying turkeys and other poultry.