5 Safety Tips For Frying Your Turkey
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and individuals across the country are making their preparations to cook what is arguably one of the most iconic meals in American culture – the Thanksgiving turkey. Over the years, the specific techniques and methods used to cook turkeys have developed considerably. Most recently, deep fried turkeys have become an “in-demand” Thanksgiving delight.
Although your mouth may begin to water when you think about the taste of a freshly fried Thanksgiving turkey, it is critical to remember that this process is very dangerous and can result in serious injury for those who do not approach it correctly. With that in mind, here are a few important safety tips for deep frying a turkey. Follow these simple guidelines, and you should have a delicious fried turkey to gift your friends and family in no time. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
Fried Turkey Safety Tips
- Don’t fry your turkey inside of your home. This may seem self-explanatory, but it is essential to remember that you should fry your turkey outside and at a distance from your home or apartment. If you are frying your turkey inside and the fryer ignited, you could easily burn down your home. As a general rule, stay at least 10 feet away from your home during the frying.
- Make sure the ground is flat. Don’t set your turkey fryer on an incline like a sloping driveway. If the oil is not level, it could easily lead to spillage and serious burns during the cooking process.
- Dry your turkey completely. Oil and water do not mix…at all. Any moisture left inside of your turkey could lead to extremely dangerous bubbling and potential explosions when it it is lowered into the fryer. One of the most common causes of injury during turkey frying is when a damp turkey is placed inside of the frying unit. Take the time to thoroughly dry the turkey before you begin to cook.
- Keep safety equipment nearby. No matter how well you have prepared, your plans can always go awry. Because of this, you should always keep a fire extinguisher nearby during the cooking process. Also, make sure you have a charge phone near you in the event that you need to quickly call a friend or the fire department.
- Watch the temperature. Don’t make the mistake of cranking the temperature on the fryer just “because it is cold outside”. You could quickly create a dangerous explosion if you don’t carefully monitor the temperature of the oil in the fryer throughout the cooking process. This is one of the most important elements of fried turkey safety!
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