How many gallons of peanut oil is needed to fry 13 lb turkey?

Many recipes say that 3 to 3.5 lbs. of peanut oil is needed to fry a 13 lb. turkey. One method to find out how exactly much peanut oil to use is this: place the turkey in a pot and add water until it is completely covered plus an inch or two. With the turkey and the water there should still be several inches of room between the water the top of the pot. Remove the turkey and measure the water. This is the amount of oil you will need. Be sure to bring the oil to about 375 degrees before frying.
Updated on Wednesday, February 01 2012 at 05:58PM EST
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