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Most people associate the upcoming holiday with the changing of the leaves, pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon flavors, wrapping up in scarves, and sitting around a fire enjoying quality time with friends and family. For most people in Florida, we are out preparing for company by washing the RV wearing tank tops and shorts in 87 degree weather.
If you are looking for a different way to bring the fall season to your home, here are some ideas we suggest:
Decorating might help. Cutting out auburn, gold, and burnt orange leaves and hanging them from palm trees posted up on either side of the RV steps could be nice… or maybe just spruce up the inside. Set up the dining room table with pumpkin or leaf shaped table mats that can be found at your local Dollar Tree or Dollar General. Each store also has fall inspired kitchen towels you could use to dry off pots and pans from practicing your gourmet Thanksgiving Day feast. While you are there, pick up some serving platters for your appetizers, main course, and desserts. Last but not least, light a few sugar cookie candles and allow that sweet aroma to fill your trailers air. Neighbors and guests will be lining up to get a minute inside your RV. Making the inside of your RV smell and look like the holiday season can help make the days coming up special for you and your family.
Cooking works even better. Make this holiday season special by doing something different. Most cook their turkey in the oven. This year, deep-fry it!
Here is a quick recipe for a great deep-fried homemade turkey guaranteed to get rave reviews:
1. Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey cavity and rinse the inside and outside of the bird.
2. Dry the turkey well, inside and out, with paper towels.
3. Fold the wings of the turkey behind the bird’s shoulders and then remove the hock lock. Place turkey on a large wire rack.
4. Place a 10- to 12-gallon stockpot on a 12-inch propane gas burner with at least 100,000 BTUs and fill with vegetable oil. Light fire and heat oil to 390 degrees F.
5. Lower the well-dried turkey, breast first, into a deep-frying basket. Put on oven mitts and gently lower the basket into the oil.
6. Lift up the turkey and dip it into the oil again three or four times so the oil adjusts to the temperature of the turkey.
7. Fry the turkey while keeping the oil temperature as close to 365 degrees F as possible. Fry for about three and a half minutes per pound, until meat is golden and a deep-frying thermometer in the thickest part of the turkey thigh registers 175 degrees F.
8. Lift basket out of oil and drain turkey, including the cavity, in a roasting pan. Carve and serve after the turkey has cooled for 20 minutes.
Viola! There it is; a great deep-fried turkey recipe. From full-timers to snowbirds, invite friends, neighbors, or other families in the campground and spend this holiday season surrounded by friendly faces, great food and making RV Connections; make the holiday season special.