How to Safely Deep Fry a Turkey

How to Safely Deep Fry a Turkey
How to Safely Deep Fry a Turkey

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. If you are in charge of the turkey this year, you have a big job ahead of you. One preparation method that is gaining in popularity is to deep fry a turkey. However, this method can be a bit dangerous if not done properly. Here are a few tips to get a tender, juicy turkey without injury.

  1. Set up your propane deep fryer outside on a flat surface away from any houses, garages, or decks.
  2. To determine how much oil you will need, place your thawed turkey in the fryer and fill it with water until the turkey is just covered. Remove the turkey and drain all the water back into the fryer. Mark the water line and discard the water.
  3. Add oil to the fryer to the line you marked and preheat the oil to 375°
  4. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels and prepare it with any seasonings.
  5. When the oil is ready, turn off the burner and slowly lower the turkey into the oil. Turn the burner back on.
  6. Cook the turkey for 3-4 minutes per pound. Check with a meat thermometer to ensure it is ready. Dark meat should reach 175-180 degrees and white meat should be 165-170 degrees.
  7. Turn off the burner and slowly lift it from the fryer. Let it stand for 20 minutes before handling.

Are you planning on deep frying your turkey this year? You are welcome to share your leftovers with us at Stalker Chevrolet.

Enjoy These Festive Holiday Events in Creston

December is the one month a year that’s full of holiday cheer, so why not celebrate it to the fullest? To make sure you have a December filled with fun, holiday-oriented activities, we at Stalker Chevrolet have compiled a list of exciting holiday events in Creston region this December. Whether you want to take the kids to meet Santa or are hoping to see some beautiful Christmas lights, these options should offer the perfect event for you.

Breakfast with Santa
When: December 13th from 8am to 10am
Where: BRAVO! Cucina Italiana at Jordan Creek Town Center, West Des Moines
Cost: Adults $10; Kids $5
Activities: Bring your kids to eat breakfast with Santa while raising money for the Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics.

Santa Visits at the Depot
When: December 13th from 9am to noon
Where: The Depot Restaurant
Activities: Visit with Santa while enjoying a great meal.

Enjoy Holiday Events in Creston

Pet Photos with Santa
When: December 15th at 6pm
Where: Jordan Creek Town Center, West Des Moines
Cost: Depends on picture package purchased
Activities: Your furry friends deserve a picture with Santa, too! Bring them so they can tell Jolly Ole Saint Nick what they want for Christmas.

St. Malachy All School Christmas Concert
When: December 21 at 2pm
Where: SWCC Performing Arts Center
Cost: Free, though canned food donations are encouraged
Activities: Listen to the St. Malachy students sing with holiday cheer.

And don’t forget about Santa’s Silverado Sleigh happening right now at Stalker Chevy!

Do you know of any great holiday events in Creston? Share them with us in the comments below!

Travel Safely This Thanksgiving

If you haven’t been on the roads leading up to Thanksgiving, traffic can be hectic. Thanksgiving is one of the busy travel days of the year. According to roughly 43.4 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving; a number that is slightly down from last year.

While that number may be down, that still a lot of people on the roads and in the air. We’re here to give you pointers to stay safe and have a great time with loved ones. Check out our top 5 driving tips.

Make sure you hit the road early. Speeding and hurried driving can distract you from the road, by placing more focus on the clock and where you need to be.

Plan your route in advance. Know where you’re going and how you plan on getting there. This will help you avoid looking too hard for signs and at your GPS. If you’re going to use a GPS mount it on your dash, so your eyes don’t have to travel far from the road.

Be mindful of the weather. It’s late November everyone. Snow, rain, ice, sleet, anything can happen. Check the weather before you leave and see what you’re driving into.

Try to travel before Wednesday. Because the holiday falls on a Thursday, many people leave Wednesday making it the biggest travel day. With traffic from those who have to work on Wednesday mixed with those traveling the road can get congested quickly.

Always back emergency equipment. We hope you never have an accident or get stranded anywhere; especially not during the holidays, but if you do we want to help you be prepared.

Travel Safely and Happy Thanksgiving from Stalker Chevrolet.

Get a holiday feast courtesy of Stalker Chevrolet and A&G Pizza Steakhouse and Lounge

Remember the time you got tangled in the Christmas lights?! Wait, that happens every year. How about time your dad picked up your niece to help her put the star on the top of the tree?

Well, whatever your favorite or most memorable holiday story we hope you captured some of it on film. This Christmas season Stalker Chevrolet is giving you a chance to win a $50 gift card to A&G Steakhouse and Lounge.  All you have to do is send your favorite holiday photo to, then check Stalker Chevrolet’s Facebook page. Once your picture appears get everyone you know to like your picture. The picture with the most likes wins!

Originally opened in 1973 by Tony Groumoutis, A&G has been a Creston favorite for decades. With a blend of traditional American, Greek, Mediterranean, Italian, and more, there’s truly something for everyone.

You have until Sunday, December 9th to send your photos to us. And the voting will end Sunday, December 16th.

Stalker Chevrolet is still collecting toys for Santa’s Silverado Sleigh, as well, donate a toy and be entered for a chance to win a gift card to: Walmart Supercenter, The Windrow, Casey’s, The Pizza Ranch, Adam’s Street Espresso,  and Hy-Vee.

Good Luck to everyone who participates and have a wonderful holiday season.

Holiday Cheers

Thankful Cars

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Maybe you’ve started to contemplate what you’re thankful for—your family, your friends, your job, your dog, your house, and so on. But Stalker Chevrolet is willing to bet you haven’t put much thought into what your car would be thankful for this winter, so we’ve compiled a list of things you should keep in mind for your car as the cold months of winter fast approach. We’re sure your car would be thankful if you followed these tips:

  • Use snow tires: Your car will love you for these. Chances are, it’s going to snow here in Creston, so your car will want the proper tires to plow through it. And while you’re at, check the tire pressure, which tends to drop with the temperatures.
  • Don’t get frozen out: Your car is very thankful to have a driver as great as you to take it around town, but you can’t do that if you get frozen out of your car. Just in case, keep some glycerin handy as a de-icer (just don’t leave it inside your car). Stalker Chevy suggests keeping one bottle at home and one in your desk at work.
  • Check under the hood: You’re thankful for food, right? So is your car. Make sure you fill it with the right amount of oil. And while you’re under the hood, check up on the hoses and belts to make sure they are not damaged, and make sure your coolant system is running on the right ratio of coolant—3 parts coolant and 2 parts water. Finally, check up on your battery to make sure it’s in proper condition.
  • Ensure visibility: You car is very grateful that it can see where it’s going, so it’s important to make sure that you put on new windshield wiper blades every winter. And don’t forget to use washer fluid with antifreeze!
  • Prepare an emergency kit: A car would be nowhere without its driver, so most of all, it is thankful for you and wants you to be safe in the cold, dark winter. For your safety, it never hurts to store some items in your trunk. Some things to pack include flares, blankets, extra layers of clothing, extra rations of food, a flashlight (with extra batteries), an ice scraper, a radio, windshield washer fluid, engine oil, coolant, gloves, boots, hats, jumper cables, a tool kit, and a first-aid kit.

Follow these tips, and your car will have lots to be thankful for.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, from all of us here at Stalker Chevrolet!