Avoid a Deep Fried Thanksgiving Disaster – Be Careful with That Turkey!

controlled fire with firetruck

As families and friends across America gather for the traditional Thanksgiving feast, one Turkey preparation style has steadily increased in popularity – that’s right, we’re talking DEEP FRIED TURKEY. Before we walk through how to safely prepare this delicious marvel of human ingenuity, we wanted to take the time to warn of you of the unfortunately very real dangers that this cooking method presents.

First and most importantly, NEVER FRY A FROZEN TURKEY!

Oil has a higher boiling point than water. When a frozen turkey meets hot oil, the ice turns to steam, the oil boils over and a fire can start almost instantly. Take a look at the video below to see how quickly this can happen.


Other critical safety precautions include:

  1. Keep the fry outdoors and on a level surface, but off of decks and a significant distance from garages, furniture and trees
  2. Never operate an outdoor fryer in the rain or snow
  3. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane fueled fryer.
  4. Choose a smaller turkey for frying – between 8 to 10 pounds
  5. Skip the stuffing when frying. Prepare it separately.
  6. Closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions when filling with oil
  7. Never heat the oil higher than 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  8. Wear oven mitts and safety goggles to protect your hands and eyes
  9. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby – and never leave a fryer unattended

We found great recipes for fried turkey from the Food Network, Alton Brown and Martha Stewart – but we’ll leave it up to you to get your bird tasting just how you like it.

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Thanks, and have a great and SAFE Thanksgiving!

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