Frying turkeys for Thanksgiving has been a long-standing tradition in the South. As it has become more popular and spread to other areas of the country, the know-how on doing it safely hasn’t seemed to follow. Every year, $25 million in damages, 60 injuries, and five deaths occur due to turkey-frying related fires. There are multiple ways inexperienced cooks create a higher risk of fires, but knowing how to cook it safely will ensure you a happy holiday.


1. Preparation For Turkey Frying

The first step to take is to purchase a standard turkey fryer, preferably one that comes with a thermometer and built-in safety features. Homemade fryers are one of the leading causes of fires. You also want to purchase protective eyewear, a fire extinguisher, an internal temperature probe, and fire retardant insulated gloves. You will also need oil. The best oil to use is peanut oil because it has a high smoke and flash point which means it’s less combustible than other oils. Peanut oil comes in five-gallon jugs, which should be enough for a smaller turkey. And, of course, you will need a turkey. Your first attempt at turkey frying should be a smaller turkey, 12 pounds and under. Be sure to check the weather forecast to make sure your scheduled cook day is free from rain, snow, and very strong winds.

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