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Deep Fried Turkey: Safety Tips For This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving approaching again this year, many people will soon be preparing delicious, mouth watering turkeys for their friends, families, and loved ones. Although many people choose to bake their turkeys the traditional way, a growing fad around the world and in North America is to deep fry the entire turkey. What started as a popular cooking method in the southern United States has quickly spread nationwide and now people from all over are trying out this new way of cooking. Not only does this method of cooking take far less time than oven roasting, but it produces a distinctly different culinary experience to a roasted turkey. The meat is often very tender and very moist, while the skin is crispy and golden brown. If youíre interested in deep frying your turkey this Thanksgiving, be sure to follow some of these important safety tips. You wouldnít want to ruin your holiday with a burned turkey or even worse, a dangerous fire.

1. The first thing you want to do is to find a nice, open place to do your cooking. Deep frying a turkey involves using oil over an open flame, which could easily catch fire and pose a considerable risk to anybody nearby. Donít try to cook the turkey indoors, or near any flammable materials.

2. Never leave your turkey unattended. This is a big mistake many novices make, since you typically put your turkey into the oven and then check on it periodically. Make sure to monitor the fryer at all times.

3. Water and hot oil donít mix, so be sure that the turkey is not only fully thawed but has also been dried off.

4. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

5. Careful preparation. You need to measure the amount of oil needed beforehand so that the bird is completely submerged in oil, but there isnít too much excess. Place your turkey into the fryer before hand with some water, and mark the line where the turkey is fully submerged.

If you do it right, you should end up with a moist, flavorful, and absolutely delicious turkey that everyone will love!

By: Betty Deper

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