Frying turkey in peanut oil for family party

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 1:23am
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I was notified last night that one of the extended family holiday gatherings we were planning to go to will have turkey served that has been fried in peanut oil. She didn't know what kind of peanut oil but felt since the oil wouldn't be AT the party that it wouldn't be that much risk for our PA 5 year old (he would not eat it). I told her that I would talk it over with my husband but more than likely we would not come because of the residue risk (he would love an excuse not to go, I don't care either way...but other family will care if we don't go). Would you go or do you feel not going is a good call? I have no idea how much oil remains on a deep fat fried turkey. Thanks to anyone who wants to share their opinion.

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 2:19am
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I would not go. I've heard that peanut oil is supposed to be safe (as long as its not cold-pressed I believe) but that's a chance I wouldn't take, especially if you don't care either way about going. I'm sure your family would be a lot more upset if your child had a reaction there than they would be if you didn't come. Love your name by the way :)

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 3:03am
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I wouldn't go , why can't these things be sorted out before , and why peanut oil? , I wouldn't be comfortable. Did they know about the peanut allergy??

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 4:06am
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Thanks for your posts....I appreciate the back-up to what I was already thinking. The person who called me last night was my husband's aunt. She apparently told all kinds of other relatives (huge family, don't even know all of them) she was bringing this fried turkey. She then found out from the person who is frying it for her that it is in peanut oil (this person said it is the only oil they use for this because it doesn't get too hot?). Then she remembered our son has PA and called me to find out if it would be a problem for him. On one hand I tried to be positive that she remembered his allergy at all because we only see her this one time per year but it was also annoying when she lamented that she had already told all these people she was bringing this turkey (so she can't go back on it now). Still, so much better that she called me than us being surprised by it when we got there. If it was something we badly wanted to go to I would try some other tactics but I am almost looking forward to being passive on this one and getting to stay home and relax for once! Thanks!

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 4:44am
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Actually that is not true that peanut oil is the only oil that can be used. [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_fryer"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_fryer[/url]
Canola oil can be used and it is a heck of a lot cheaper.
That said even if they change oils, I would not let someone with a PA allergy have the turkey since the equipment most likely has been used multiple times with peanut oil.

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 1:55pm
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We've fried turkey 3 times...2 times in canola and oil combo's before DS was 3 as we were avoiding peanut until he was three (it didn't help) but the third turkey we used peanut oil...
peanut oil is really the only oil worth frying a turkey in
I would roast it if I couldn't use peanut oil
I honestly don't think your child would be in any danger being there but I would not feed it to him. It sounds like the turkey is being fried off site. I think if you don't want to go that's fine but the PA danger would probably come from other sources NOT that turkey. Unless your child is allergic to peanut oil. Now...I don't trust or use peanut oil at all even though some allergists say it's ok and I think it has a very very small amount of protien...many allergists would tell you that it's ok for him to EAT the turkey.
i would go and be careful.

Posted on: Wed, 12/19/2007 - 1:17am
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After reading your story I couldn't help but think that what happened was really an ideal situation for all of us. You had a considerate extended family member concerned enough to call you ahead of time and notify you of a potentially dangerous situation. When this happens, I make my decision, (in this case, I wouldn't go), and call it a day, no regrets.

Posted on: Wed, 12/19/2007 - 4:56am
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I would not go. It is not worth the danger...but I agree that it was nice of them to think of your PA son and call you ahead of time to let you know. Why use peanut oil though? I find it hard to believe that it is the only oil that works but I have never fried a turkey so what do I know/ I guess if it is the only oil you can use then we will never be having a fried turkey. :)

Posted on: Wed, 12/19/2007 - 7:30am
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Sarah--
Just curious, can you really taste the difference btw a canola oil fried turkey and a peanut oil fried one? I am not trying to pick a fight..don't get me wrong...I have never had fried turkey and just curious as to what benefits the peanut oil has over another oil. Crispier? Moister?

Posted on: Wed, 12/19/2007 - 9:19am
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Yeah...the difference is the smoke point of the oil. The peanut oil fries it correctly - it seals the skin really quickly and not a lot of oil gets absorbed into the bird.
The other oils that we tried...just don't hold the temp correctly - they dip in temp [b]a lot[/b] when you put the bird in so it soaks up more oil. The results were just really not that good and we researched and planned and read every recipe we could but the turkey was honestly yucky.
Now in peanut oil - it went a lot faster - a lot hotter and was really really good.
My son was not yet diagnosed at the time...and he ate that turkey. He had some red splotches on his face where he touched his fingers to his skin. They didn't last long and were not alarming. But this was before PA. I would not let him eat anything made with peanut oil today...I have a very strict comfort zone but I would let him sit at a table with a turkey fried in pnut oil - especailly if it was fried offsite. I just think the liklihood of a reaction is so remote and being with family is so important. Not saying I would take a risk to be near family - I just don't think this is a big risk.

Posted on: Sat, 12/22/2007 - 12:23am
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We used peanut oil to fry our turkey for years until we found out about DS PA. This past Thanksgiving we used corn oil to fry our turkey instead of using peanut oil and it turned out just as good.

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