There’s nothing quite like enjoying a delicious, crispy fried turkey on Thanksgiving Day! This method of cooking will give you a mouth-watering, tender turkey to savor; however, you will need to take the proper steps to ensure that your meal is cooked properly and that you stay safe. After all, deep fryers present quite a few fire hazards, so extra caution needs to be taken.
Don’t let deep frying scare you away from having an amazing Thanksgiving meal! Just follow our tips below to stay safe when you’re frying your turkey:
Keep Them at a Safe Distance – When using an outdoor fryer, make sure that you keep them off decks, out of the garage, and more than 10 feet away from all buildings, cars, and trees.
Thaw and Dry the Turkey Completely – It is especially important to thaw and dry your turkey completely before placing it in the fryer. Even the smallest amount of water or ice can cause dangerous flare-ups when it comes in contact with hot oil, which can cause terrible burns or fires.
Watch the Weather – Keep an eye on the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or the snow.
Keep It on a Level Surface – Always be sure that your fryer is placed on a level surface and avoid moving it once it’s in use.
Protect Yourself – Always use thick oven mitts when handling your pot. The sides, lid, and handles can reach extremely high temperatures due to the hot oil inside. It’s also a smart idea to wear goggles to shield your eyes.
Watch the Oil Temperature – If you don’t have one already, purchase a fryer with temperature controls. When you’re cooking, watch the oil temperature carefully. Oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire, so if you notice that the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off right away.
Never Leave It Unattended – Don’t leave your fryer unattended, and keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times. Fryers can be easy to tip over, which can be a recipe for disaster.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby – Should a fire break out, you will need a fire extinguisher close by to help you put it out. Make sure that you and your family members know how to use it properly as well.
Take Care Once the Turkey Is Done – Once your turkey is done, carefully remove the pot from the burner and place it on a level surface. Cover it to let the oil cool overnight before you dispose of it.
We hope that these safety tips will help you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving this year. Don’t forget to keep your home up-to-date with an insurance policy from Madison Mutual! Visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com to learn more about us.