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How To Deep Fry a Turkey Safely

By November 15, 2016 No Comments

Deep fried turkey with a pot of oil isolated

There are many ways to cook a turkey, but deep frying it is certainly one of the tastiest. Unfortunately, frying also requires more planning, monitoring, and safety precautions than traditional cooking methods. According to FEMA, Thanksgiving is a peak day for home cooking fires, and deep fryers play a big role in fire risks.

If you are planning on deep frying a turkey this Thanksgiving, keep these tips in mind.*

  • Fry the turkey outdoors and make sure to keep the frying pot or appliance on a level surface that is far away from decks, siding, trees and anything else that can catch on fire or be damaged.
  • Refer to your owner’s manual before selecting your turkey.  A smaller turkey may be necessary based on the size of your fryer. This may mean cooking multiple birds if you have a large family.
  • Determine the proper amount of oil prior to beginning.  Oil levels will vary based on your fryer capacity and turkey size.
  • Thaw and dry the turkey completely before frying in order to avoid flares caused by ice or water.
  • Wear goggles and gloves whenever you approach the fryer.
  • Use an external thermometer to monitor oil temperatures at all times.
  • Smoking oil is an indication that the oil is too hot and may ignite.  If the oil starts smoking, turn off the fryer immediately.
  • Preheat the oil to between 325 and 350 degrees, turn the burner to the lowest setting, and then very slowly and carefully lower the turkey into the fryer. Return the flame to desired level.
  • Always keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher on hand (never throw water on an oil fire).
  • Keep children and pets far from the area where you are frying the turkey.
  • Once the turkey is cooked, remove the pot (with gloved hands) from the burner, and let the oil cool completely before disposing of it.

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*The tips above are not intended to be a complete set of turkey frying guidelines.  Always refer to the manufacturer’s operating instructions prior to use.