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Turkey Talk: Traditional or Modern?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it is the unofficial start of a busy time of year filled with family gatherings and holiday celebrations.  As this season approaches, everyone starts looking forward to holiday feasts that oftentimes include a turkey as the star of the meal.  This choice of entrée can lead to the big question -- how to prepare it?  Should you go the traditional route of roasting it in the oven, or is it better to employ the somewhat newfangled technique of deep-frying?  As with most things in life, both ways have their pros and cons. Let's compare.

Deep Fried Turkey


Speed – it only takes 3 minutes per pound.

Flavor – the deep-frying seals in the juices so the meat stays flavorful and moist, while the outside remains crispy.

Quick clean-up – no scrubbing a roasting pan afterwards. 


Danger –excess hot oil can overflow which could cause a fire or lead to serious burns.

Price – you need to invest in special equipment and will need gallons of expensive peanut oil.

Weather – deep-frying is an outdoor-only process so rain or snow can put a damper on your plans.

Oven Roasted


Less Expensive – all you need is a roasting pan and an oven – standard equipment for almost all kitchens.

Tradition – savor the delicious aroma of a roasting turkey throughout the day and make the gravy from the drippings. Also, if you choose to stuff the turkey with the stuffing you have the option.


Time – set your alarm for an early start as it takes at least five hours to cook an 18 pound turkey.

Dryness – since the cook time is longer, there is a risk that the meat, especially the breast will dry out.

Whether Fried or Roasted – Make it the Start of Your Season of Thanks and Giving

Of course, whether you use the traditional or deep fry method, planning for your holiday meals is much more than deciding how to prepare a turkey.  Preparing for family gatherings can be time consuming and stressful.  Instead of getting caught up in the whirlwind of the season, why not make the holidays about more than just overeating and endless shopping.  Take time out this season to think about ways to give back to those who are less fortunate.  Volunteering is a great thing to do year round, but for many people the holidays can be an especially difficult time. This year, create a new family tradition by giving your time or donating to a local non-profit organization.

Helping others in need can put things in perspective.  It helps us, and especially our children, appreciate all of the things we should be grateful for.  It is also a great way to rise above the holiday frenzy and experience the true meaning and feeling of the holiday spirit.    


Giving back to make a difference is a big part of Investors Bank’s DNA.  Led by a senior management team committed to serving others, Investors continues to grow, while remaining focused on its roots as a local community bank.  As one of the Bank’s four core values, "Community" is about caring for our customers, employees and the people and businesses in the local neighborhoods we serve.  The Investors team members volunteer their time and talents, while the Bank and its Foundation provide the financial support.


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