How to Safely Deep Fry a Thanksgiving Turkey
If you've never had a deep-fried turkey, you're missing out. Imagine a turkey that cooks in a fraction of the time that it takes to roast one. Imagine a turkey with moist white meat, dark meat that bursts with flavor, and skin that is perfectly crisp and never, ever soggy.
More and more people are deep frying turkeys for their Thanksgiving feast and while it doesn't take a rocket scientist to cook one this way, deep frying a turkey does come with some major, even life-threatening safety hazards.
If deep frying a turkey is on your agenda for this Thanksgiving, the New York Propane Gas Association has some tips on how to ensure that you'll be able to sit at the table and feast with your family and friends rather than spending the day in the emergency room.
You want to make sure that you set up the turkey fryer no less than 10-feet from your house. Keep a close eye on it, making sure to keep kids and pets far away and whatever you do, don't leave the frying unattended.
The fryer oil needs to be at an even level and steady. So, put the fryer on a flat, level surface so that you can properly gauge how much oil you'll need.
If you've ever dropped something frozen into a fryer or pan of oil, you know why this is such a big deal. The extra water from a frozen turkey will make the oil in the fryer bubble and sputter and that could cause a fire.
This should go without saying, but definitely be super careful when touching a turkey fryer because it's going to get incredibly hot and could burn you.
It's so much better to be prepared than not. So, just in case there's a fire, it would be in your best interest to have a fire extinguisher ready.