The dos and don'ts of a turkey fry
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:48:47 GMT —
Every year more than two-thousand house fires are caused by Thanksgiving cooking.
Frying is a tasty way to serve your bird but it can also be the most dangerous.
To keep you from being a statistic, the
Quincy Fire Department's
Public Education team has a few frying don'ts.
They say the first thing you can do wrong is leave your bird out in the cold.
If you're turkey isn't completely thawed out the liquids inside can splatter and catch fire when it hits the oil.
Where you fry your turkey can be tricky, too.
"If it's cold, people like to be inside their garage and that's not really a safe place at all if you have a spill," Michael Dade, Quincy Fire Department
The best place to fry is ...
"... anywhere that's outside the home and far enough away from the home that if something happens you don't have the threat of a structure fire," Dade explained.
Be aware of how you're cooking your bird, don't add to much oil.
"A lot of people think they'll put enough grease in there to cover the turkey and they don't measure it out properly and that can be an overflow hazard," Dade said. "Usually what you want to do is put it in the pot and then measure it by using water so that way you know where the line should be filled to."
Most frying pots have a maximum fill line you should follow. You also shouldn't guess how hot your oil is, use a thermometer and a don't use to high of a flame.
"Not only do we have a lot of fire around this time of year but we also have burn injuries which is a major problem," Dade said.
So fry your turkey safe this Thanksgiving and don't follow these wrongs.
To see how QFD incorrectly fired a turkey (on purpose),