Turkey Deep Frying

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Frying a turkey can be a great holiday tradition. But frying turkey can also be very dangerous and cause damage and injuries if not done properly. Please follow all safety precautions when operating one of these cookers. 

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Safe Use of Your Turkey Fryer:

  • ALWAYS use turkey fryers outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials.
  • ALWAYS use your turkey fryer outdoors and on a non-combustible surface (concrete, gravel, asphalt, etc). DO NOT fry a turkey on a wood deck.
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  • Ensure the surface you are cooking on is flat and stable to a prevent tip-over. Units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.
  • ALWAYS follow the manufactures warnings and instructions.
  • The turkey fryer should be attended at all times by an adult.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer.If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.
  • With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • Be careful when moving the pot of hot oil around to prevent burns. Do not move the pot while the oil is hot. 
  • Use proper body protection (gloves, eye wear, etc) when working around the hot oil to prevent burns from splashing oil 
  • Have a fire extinguisher close by in case of fire and never use water to extinguish a grease fire, this could cause splashing and could spread the fire. DO NOT use water to try to extinguish an oil or grease fire.
  • CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY if a fire occurs.
Safe Cooking with Your Turkey Fryer:
  • Only fill the pot with enough oil to cover the turkey completely with 1 inch of oil above the turkey, this will help prevent splashing and spilling. (TIP: put the turkey in the pot before cooking and fill the pot with water till the turkey is covered with 1 inch of water, then remove the turkey, mark the level of the water at that point. This will give you the depth of oil you should add later for the cooking.)
  • ALWAYS fully thaw and dry the turkey before frying, any water on the turkey could cause splashing of the oil as it reacts to the water. Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect.
  • ALWAYS lower the turkey into the fryer slowly. DO NOT DROP!
  • Monitor the oil temperature closely to prevent the oil from becoming too hot (peanut oil can catch fire when exposed to an open flame if heated above cooking temperatures)
  • When the turkey frying is complete, allow plenty of time for the fryer to cool down before disposing of the used oil.
  • Contact your local disposal company for proper disposal of the used oil.
Turkey fryers can be a great way to cook a turkey. But remember to take your time and be safe with the fryer.

(Information provided in part courtesy of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) © 2014)