Is Deep Fat Frying Your Thanksgiving Turkey dangerous?
Frying a Turkey at Extremely High Temperatures Can Be Dangerous. Butterball.com recommends heating the oil to 375 degrees. Yet hot oil will start to burn at a temperature not too much higher than that at around 425 degrees. Plunking a 20 lb bird into such hot oil is a recipe for disaster.
Thanksgiving 2020, twenty-seven people in Massachusetts discovered just how dangerous deep frying a Turkey can be when a neighbor ignited the deck around a deep fat fryer. The fire spread and destroyed 3 structures misplacing 27 people and seriously injured a woman. The Boston Globe Nov 26, 2020
The National Fire Protection Association strongly advises against cooking your Thanksgiving bird in a Deep Oil Fryer. Here are the facts:
- Thanksgiving is the ‘Peak’ Day of the year for home cooking fires with more than 3 x the daily average for home cooking fires
- On Thanksgiving day in 2019, Fire Depts across the United States responded to an estimated 1,400 home cooking fires
- Unattended cooking was by far the leading cause in those cooking fires
- Cooking causes ½ of all reported home fires
With a little bit of thought and research they are many other ways to cook a turkey that will produce a moist, flavorful bird. Cooking techniques such as: brining the turkey, rub butter under the skin , cook the turkey upside down for the 1st hour / then flip it over, don’t overcook it, let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving to give the juices time to distribute throughout the bird.
Help prevent a house fire this Thanksgiving by using one or all of the techniques listed above. This will insure a moist turkey (and a happy family) and keep everyone safe in the process.
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