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Safety Tips for Deep Frying Turkeys

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Woman dipping a turkey into a deep fryer Fun Fact: Deep fried turkeys have existed since the 1930’s however they gained more popularity a in 1996 after Martha Stuart featured a fried turkey.

As mentioned in the previous post, Thanksgiving is the peak day for fires. We went over some basic safety to avoid kitchen fires. However, a growing trend during Thanksgiving is to deep fry turkeys--it produces a unique experience to this holiday’s traditional bird. This method does pose a higher risk for fires though. Below are some key safety tips to implement when deep frying your turkey:

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area. Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface well away from things that can burn. Make sure to have a “3-foot kid- and pet-free zone” around your turkey fryer to protect against burn injuries.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside. Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.
  • A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it.
  • Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire. Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil won’t overheat.
  • The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries. Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items.

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