Deep Fry a Turkey Safely

deep-frying-a-turkey-safelyDeep frying a turkey can be very dangerous. However, we know that some of you are going to do it anyway, and there are some precautions that can minimize the risks. Turkey fryers pose a substantial ire risk because they get so hot and hold a large amount of oil, which can spread if the fryer tips over. They pose burn hazards from the hot surfaces and from bubbling, popping, and dripping oil. Please use extreme caution if you choose to deep fry your turkey.

Plan Ahead

  • Your turkey must be completely thawed before frying. If it is partially frozen, the moisture that is released as it thaws can cause the oil to boil over. Turkeys take days to thaw in the refrigerator and hours to thaw in the sink. Make sure you allow ample thawing time for the size of your turkey, or buy one that is fresh instead of frozen.
  • Make sure you have the right type of oil and plenty of it. Turkey fires require and oil with a high smoking point. Peanut oil is standard, but you can use canola or safflower oil if peanut allergy is an issue.
  • Have well-insulated oven mitts and safety goggles ready to wear when frying your turkey.

Tips for Safe Frying

  • Place the fryer on a flat, stable surface.
  • Only use the fryer outside and away from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Do not use the fryer on a wooden deck, under a patios covering, under a carport, or in a garage.
  • Never leave the deep fryer unattended while in use or while cooling down.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer while in use and until it has completely cooled.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to put out a grease fire; it will only make it worse.