Tips for Safely Deep Frying a TurkeyMonday, November 15, 2021
Turkeys are the centerpiece of a Thanksgiving meal, and people around the country take their holiday cooking process very seriously. This has led some to use deep fryers to cook their turkey. While there are obvious benefits in flavor, texture, and juiciness, this cooking method trades off a higher risk for that higher reward. We understand if you want to fry your turkey this year but remember these safety tips so that Thanksgiving doesn’t go up in flames.
Reminders for safely deep-frying a turkey
- Choose your fryer wisely; the best choice is an air fryer as it eliminates the danger of hot oil.
- If you don’t have an air fryer, get a deep fryer with temperature control so you can monitor the heat of the oil and keep it below its burning point.
- If you’re using a propane-powered fryer, keep the tank at least two feet away from the burner.
- If frying outdoors, make sure that your fryer is on a level surface in an area that’s clear of overhead trees, garages, and sheds. Also, keep it off of any wooden decks or other wooden structures.
- Weather is an important factor in outdoor frying. Check the forecast to be positive that it won’t rain or snow.
- Be careful not to overfill the fryer, as oil spilling over the edge can ignite if it reaches the burner. Your manufacturer’s manual should tell you the proper amount of oil to use.
- Never leave your fryer unattended and keep any children or pets as far away as possible.
- When putting your turkey into the fryer, turn off the burner first. You can turn the burner on again when the turkey is safely submerged.
- Do not try to fry large turkeys, the safe range of weight for frying is an 8- to 10-pound turkey.
- Don’t use stuffing or any kind of water-based marination technique, as this will introduce water into the hot oil.
- Use the proper safety equipment. This includes oven mitts and safety goggles, as each can save you from burns caused by popping oil. Remember to keep your fire extinguisher close, dumping water on a grease fire will make it worse.
- When you’ve finished frying your turkey, turn off and cover your fryer. Leave the fryer to cool overnight so that you can safely dispose of the oil.
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Deep frying a turkey can be unpredictable, and we want you and your guests to have a safe, happy Thanksgiving with a delicious meal. If you follow these tips, you should be able to fry your turkey without a hitch. However, if an accident does happen, know that Adams Complete Cleaning & Restoration is here to restore any fire damage. We have an emergency helpline (888-436-2260) should you need it, and we are there to answer 24/7.