Nathan Strang

Thanksgiving Gay Geeks Ready Kit

Filed By Nathan Strang | November 22, 2009 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Geeks, Living
Tags: Black Friday, gay geeks, iPhone

Thanksgiving is hard enough dealing with all the family, food, and little ones running around, there's no reason why you can't rely on a little something to help you get through it all, and I don't mean Klonopin. Check through the jump for a Gay Geeks approved list of gadgetry guaranteed to impress the in-laws, outlaws, and your pretentious cousin Jared.


To Fry...


The first time I had a deep fried turkey, was the first time I truly enjoyed Turkey on Thanksgiving day. I don't think I hate turkey, I just have a grudge against it being used as a "healthier" alternative to my favorite meats, like bacon. However, the blessed glory of peanut oil forgives all transgressions, and and cooks in half the time!

I must caution however, that deep frying is dangerous enough on a small scale, but dropping a giant bird into 2 gallons of hot oil can go very bad very fast if you don't know what yer doing. The first step is to get yourself a first rate Turkey Fryer, like this one from Bayou. Four sturdy legs, 32qt stainless steel pot, and a perforated fry basket are what you wanna look for. Check out Paula Deen's guide to frying a turkey, and yes, you can really be done in 45 minutes. Now that's a Thanksgiving gadget...

Or not to Fry...


If you don't have the space to deep fry a turkey, or feel like going a bit more traditional, don't forget to pick yourself up a probe-thermometer. Every time you open the oven door, you add 5-10 minutes of cooking time, and all that extra time will dry out yer bird. You can go fancy like this All-Clad timer for $50 bucks from Williams-Sonoma, or a $20 dollar unit from Target; they all work the same.

Carve Away


This electric carving knife from Cuisinart can slice through your holiday bread and thanksgiving turkey like fresh butter, yer out of luck on fruit cake. Comes with a carving and a bread blade, study ergonomic design from Cuisinart you can operate with ease, and a compact wooden storage block. ($50 from Cuisinart)

Black Friday Secret Weapon

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The biggest shopping day of the year is soon upon us, and you need to be prepared. Not just knee pads, athletic supporter, swat gear prepared... you gotta know where to shop. Enter TGI Black Friday app for iPhone. Powered by the popular, find out what stores have what deals, create your shopping list, search Black Friday lists and more. Free in the iTunes store.

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I've always wanted to try deep fried turkey, but there's no way I'm going to make it. LOL

The iPhone app is cool, but I try to stay as far away from any retail outlet as possible on Black Friday. I'd rather shop online that day!

ZOMG is that an iPhone app yer pushin' there? Srsly? Has the world ended and no one told me? LMAO

Deep-fried turkey is awesome, but the frying is definitely not for the faint of heart. Have you seen the Mythbusters episode? That shit will burn down your house. NEVER use a turkey frier indoors - even in your garage.

And I'm with Bil - there's no way I'm going shopping on Black Friday. Not my thing. I'll stay home and hit my consumer-coma online.

180 degrees in the thigh and breast on turkey, fried or roasted. Let rest for one hour before slicing.

Happy Thanksgiving, All!