Deep Fried Turkey Safety Tips
Deep Fried Turkey has become a wide spread delicacy this time of year. Many famous chefs have stated 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 way 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 multipurpose, dry-powder unit is best. Be sure to keep children and pets away from the area while cooking.
*Restoration Newsline Vol 32, Iss 11