Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Thanksgiving Turkey
It’s November, so it’s time for turkey!!!
Deep frying is the newest trend in Thanksgiving turkey preparation. The outcomes can be wonderful, but the process can be risky. I will explain why deep-frying is dangerous and share safety tips to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your home.
Why deep fryers can be dangerous
- The fryer has the potential to tip over and spill gallons of heated oil.
- When the turkey is placed into the cooking pot, overfilling the pot with oil produces leakage. If the oil spills onto the burner, the entire fryer will burst into flames.
- When frozen or partially frozen turkeys are placed in the fryer, steam quickly expands, causing the oil to boil over.
- If there are no thermostat controls, the fryer units have the potential to overheat to the point of combustion.
- The sides of the cooking pot, the lid, and the pot handles can become extremely hot, resulting in severe burns.
Deep-Fried Turkey Safety Tips
- Place the turkey fryer at least 10 feet away from your home and away from children and pets. It should never be left unattended.
- Place the fryer on a leveled, flat surface and carefully measure out the amount of oil required.
- Make sure your turkey is totally thawed and dry before cooking.
- Keep an eye on the temperature of the oil and use the fryer with caution. Severe burns from the lid and handle are possible.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher or multipurpose dry powder on hand in case oil catches fire.