Before You Fry That Turkey
Posted at 7 a.m.
Deep-frying turkeys has become an increasingly popular cooking method when preparing holiday feasts. While fried turkey may be a tasty addition to your meal, cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be a recipe for disaster.
They have a high risk of tipping over, overheating or spilling hot oil — which can lead to fires, burns and other injuries. So, before you try your hand at deep-frying that turkey, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following safety guidelines including:
- Make sure there is at least 2 feet of space between the liquid propane tank and fryer burner.
- Place the liquid propane gas tank and fryer so that any wind blows the heat of the fryer away from the gas tank.
- Completely thaw and dry the turkey before cooking.
- Never use a turkey fryer in, on or under a garage, breezeway, porch or any structure that can catch fire.
- Raise and lower food slowly to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
- Cover bare skin when adding or removing food.
- If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn off gas supply.
- If a fire occurs, call 9-1-1. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.
For a safer alternative to deep-frying your bird, consider using an outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not require oil.
Reprinted from the Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief, Nov. 27 edition, from FEMA