Thanksgiving is upon us, and let’s be honest here. There are few things more delicious than a juicy, crispy, golden-brown, deep-fried turkey. Deep-frying your turkey can result in a flavor explosion the likes of roasting has never seen. What better to complement Aunt Mary’s oyster stuffing and Grandma Val’s sweet potato casserole than a beautiful, glistening bird the color of sunset and golden bars?
Not every turkey ends up being the culinary magnum opus described above. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), over four thousand fires occur on Thanksgiving, mostly due to turkey-frying epic fails.
Currant reminds you that many supermarkets and restaurants will provide you with a deep-fried turkey from the safety of their professional kitchens. If you must fry your own turkey, take a few minutes and read our safety tips to make sure your Thanksgiving doesn’t end in tragedy:
- MOVE AWAY FROM THE HOUSE. Make sure any frying is done at least ten feet away from your home. As much fun as it is to watch, keep the kids inside (as well as pets.)
- DON’T FRY A FROZEN TURKEY. You’ve seen the videos. Make sure your bird is completely thawed and DRY. Any extra liquid can cause hot oil to bubble over, which can quickly ruin everyone’s day. Also, if the weather is bad, take care that snow or rain doesn’t fall into your fryer.
- WATCH THE TEMPERATURE. Oil can overheat and start a fire. Put your jacket on, listen to the game on the radio, and keep an eye on that thermostat. Never leave your fryer unattended!
- USE THE PROPER TOOLS. Turkey fryers typically come with a bar on which to hang the bird so two people may gently lower it into the oil. If you don’t have one, go buy one. Never put your hand or arm directly over bubbling hot oil. (And we shouldn’t have to say that one.)
- BE PREPARED. Have a working fire extinguisher within reach.
Your Thanksgiving memories should be about family and food, not about the time when Cousin Sal burned down the house.
For more information and safety tips, visit the U.S. Fire Administration at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html
Currant wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.