Anyone who has ever eaten a deep-fried turkey can easily agree that the taste is absolutely amazing when it’s been cooked correctly. The crispy skin seals in the juicy meat, and while everyone loves the traditional way to eat turkey for Thanksgiving, sometimes it’s good to try something new! While deep-frying turkeys is certainly unconventional, it’s quickly becoming more and more popular with each passing year.
But while this amazing style of cooking is great for your taste buds, deep-frying turkeys can be incredibly dangerous if you don’t do it right. About 4,300 fires have occurred on Thanksgiving Day from 2006 to 2008, which have resulted in ten deaths and over fifty injuries. Here are some tips on how to properly prepare so you can stay safe while deep-frying the turkey.
Never attempt to deep-fry on wooden decks, and always keep the fryer on flat ground. Keep children and pets away from the fryer, and under no circumstances should you stray from the manual’s instructions.
The biggest mistakes are when people try to cook a turkey that hasn’t completely thawed. An icy turkey could actually cause an explosion of hot oil and fire, so make sure that your turkey is 100 percent thawed out! And if the worst happens and a fire starts, do NOT use water to attempt to extinguish it. For grease and oil fires, water only creates more havoc. Call 911 and use a fire extinguisher and make sure your family is safe!
Hopefully you won’t need to use that last instruction, but it’s better to be safe than sorry! Check out the video below showing just how intense a deep-fryer fire can get. A fire like this during Thanksgiving would be horrible, and we’d hate for you or your loved ones to have to deal with that when they should be busy eating!
Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! Watch the clip below to know how to stay safe while frying a turkey, and let us know how your turkey turned out in the comments!
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