The Thanksgiving feast, a celebration of food and plenty, when pantries get emptied and bellies get full. At the center of the holiday feast is the regal turkey, with its dressings and accoutrements. Traditionally, turkeys are prepared in the oven: sometimes brined, sometimes with daring rubs or glazes, sometimes simply with butter. However, there are other methods of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey. One in particular, despite its very real danger, is quickly growing in popularity. The basic premise is to flash-fry a turkey: prepare it, and then immerse it in hot oil until it is thoroughly cooked. Along with this delicious mode of preparation comes serious risk of personal and property damage. Still, many households this holiday will be braving the danger and frying their turkey. Following are a few tips to help keep you enjoy your safety while enjoying your turkey.
Before cooking, make sure you have a safe setup to ensure that the risks are minimal. Setting up your fryer outside is a good idea, to avoid the chance of spilling oil on your counters and to allow for more space and freedom of movement. When preparing your turkey for cooking, remember that oil and water do not mix. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and as dry as possible before putting it into the fryer. Drying your turkey with rags or paper towels will ensure that when the bird goes into the oil, there will be no splashback of boiling water or oil.
The basic component of turkey frying is the oil. When measuring the oil before cooking, make sure to use the pot in which you will be cooking the turkey so that you know exactly how high the oil will rise when the turkey goes in. Around three-quarters full with the turkey is a good rule: high enough that the turkey is submerged and cooks well, low enough that there is no danger of the oil spilling over the side. If the oil spills, it can cause burns and very easily light on fire and cause property damage or worse. The oil should be around the three hundred fifty-degree range. Any lower and the turkey will not cook properly; any higher and the oil may catch on fire. It is a good idea to keep a food thermometer nearby, to closely monitor the oil temperature.
Turkey fryers say frying locks in the taste. Compared to multiple hours slowly roasting in an oven, the cook time of around forty minutes for a full-size turkey gives far less time for precious flavor to leak out. Whether or not you hold to the superiority of a fried turkey, if you fry your turkey this Thanksgiving, follow these safety tips. You can enjoy the delectable feast without compromising your personal and home security.