Georgia Chief Offers Tips on How to Safely Deep Fry Turkey

November 24, 2009

Deep frying is an increasingly popular way to cook a turkey, but it’s not without its dangers.

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine urges Georgians to be careful when deep frying the holiday bird.

He offers some basic tips:

  • Always use turkey fryers outdoors, on a flat surface away from decks and buildings;
  • Don’t move a fryer while the oil is hot, and cool the oil completely before emptying it from the fryer;
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil;
  • Use the thermometer, and don’t heat the oil above the recommended temperature;
  • Keep children and pets away from fryers, and don’t leave the fryer unattended;
  • Thaw the turkey completely before cooking;
  • In case of fire, call the fire department immediately, and don’t try to put it out with water.

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