For the last several years my family has taken to frying our turkeys for the holidays at my brother's home, and each of the Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys has been just as delicious as years past. Each bird is slowly lowered into the cooking oil...once the cooking oil has reached 370F. Each year's cooking went off without much of a hitch...that is, until this year. Starting the process roughly two hours before sundown, the presumption was that each of the three turkeys to be fried would need 30-45 minutes to fully cook. Propane tank was attached to the kettle stand for the frying pot, frying kettle put on stand, oil added to kettle, tank valve opened, propane ignited. Alright!! Now we're cooking! A little quieter in audible intensity than previous years, but, hey, we're cooking! Flash-forward an hour and the oil had peaked a barely 250F. Apparently, Murphy decided to crash this year's festivities and jinx our cooker. We switched out the propane tank, twice...No change in temp or intensity. We changed out the regulator...again, no change in temp or intensity. After futzing with the cooker for almost three hours, it was determined that the manifold was clogged beyond repair. At this point, my brother and I were contemplating alternate means to cook three turkeys (hmmm...What to do, what to do). Then the two of us decided our plan "B" was to cook the kettle on my Sister-In-Law's propane grill. It was a fantastic idea (alternate high heat source, relatively little delay in cooking!), except one tiny hiccup...the hood of the grill did not rotate far enough back to completely uncover the grilling surface. However, there was enough grilling surface to accommodate a 16" x 30" kettle if the hood wasn't attached. So...out came my brother's tools to accomplish this, except he did not have the right ones. He needed a square bit for the bolt head and a vise grip to clean off cooking char and then hold it in place (and he didn't have either) It was at this point I, once again, pressed my Super Tool 300 and Crunch into service, as circumstances were becoming a bit desperate. I used the can opener and the awl to pierce and remove whatever had accumulated in the hole of the bolt head. My Crunch was used by my brother to fracture the char on the nut and then locked it onto the nut. The tip of one half of my 300 was roughly the same size of the square hole, so I used my 300 in an unconventional nut-driver / screwdriver capacity. Once the hood was removed, the cooking materials were schlepped to the backyard grill and the fire restarted. This time, we finally reached 300F (Woo Hoo!!), but that was about it (aww). But, with the assistance of aluminum foil to contain and focus the heat of all the grill's burners to the kettle, we were finally able to get the oil up to the minimum necessary temperature of 350F. Yay!!
This is yet another in a long list of stories of which my Leatherman tools (Super Tool 300, Crunch, Raptor, and now Z-Rex) have saved my heinie. It is why I always have them nearby, which make me 'that guy'. Most people cannot comprehend why I do, but when they have an imminent need, I'm the first person that comes to mind because I'm 'that guy' that always has his tools on him.
...And, frankly, I am proud to be 'that guy'.
I will be a Leatherman guy to my dying breath, which will make me 'that guy' to the day I die!
Thank you, Leatherman for making a consistently fantastic product!
Winter Park, FL