Tips to avoid turning your deep-fried turkey into a disaster
JEFFERSON CITY —
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, according to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Some of those fires are caused by turkey fryers.
FEMA has a set of tips for those wanting to deep fry their turkey:
- Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, leveled surface well away from things that can burn.
- Make sure to have a "3-foot kid-and pet-free zone" around your turkey fryer to protect against burn injuries
- Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water. An overfilled pot with oil will cause the oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
- Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before frying. A partially frozen turkey will cause the oil to splatter.
- Check the temperature often so the oil doesn't overheat.
- Use long cooking gloves to protect arms and hands.
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