Deep Fried Turkey, Safety Tips Edition
It’s nearly a tradition of its own for many families in Texas. Deep Fried Turkey has become a widespread delicacy, and is usually on the menu somewhere for Thanksgiving. Everyone knows that deep frying a turkey is a quick method of cooking that provides a crispy and flavorful bird. However, deep frying a turkey is a more dangerous method of cooking. Having gallons of hot cooking oil over an open flame can be a recipe for disaster. The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor, gas-fueled deep fryers due to their risk of injury and damage to your property. If you still choose to use a deep fryer for your holiday feast, please follow the following safety measures provided by the National Fire Prevention Agency:
- Set up your deep fryer on a flat surface, more than 10 feet away from any structures.
- Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before slowly placing it in the hot oil.
- Do not leave the fryer unattended. Continuously monitor the temperature of the oil.
- Protect yourself. Lids and handles can become very hot and cause burns. Wear proper personal protective equipment.
- Have a fire extinguisher ready at all times. A multipurpse, dry-powder unit is best. Be sure to keep children and pets away from the area while cooking.