There’s no better way to cook a turkey than by deep frying it. Frying locks in the flavor and juices with crispy skin on the outside.
However, deep frying anything—especially something as big as an entire turkey—can be dangerous. Deep fryers use huge amounts of extremely hot oil, and while that means fast cooking times, it also means the potential for burns and even house fires.
Based on data collected by the National Fire Protection Association between 2013 and 2017, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve rank second and third for home cooking fires in the U.S., and frying foods is the top cause of cooking-related blazes.
Why Are Deep Fryers So Dangerous?
You may have seen viral videos online of deep fryer mishaps involving turkeys. While they’re usually funny and harmless, some people get hurt. Deep fryers pose serious risks to users and bystanders for the following reasons:
- SPILLS – Deep fryers may tip over, causing severe burns when the hot oil spills.
- OVERFLOW – Adding a turkey to a deep fryer without carefully measuring the amount of oil can result in overflows that lead to massive flare-ups when the hot oil comes into contact with the burner.
- METAL BURNS – Pots, handles, and lids of deep fryers can become extremely hot to the touch and cause burns.
- EXPLOSIONS & FIRES – Without careful temperature control, deep fryers can overheat and boil over or even explode.
- HOT WATER – Water that comes in contact with hot oil can result in explosions or hot oil being forcefully ejected from the pot, putting nearby people and objects at risk of burns and catching fire.
Deep frying a turkey should never be taken lightly. However, following a few simple steps and being cautious along the way can significantly reduce the chances of anything going wrong before, during, and after your bird is cooked.
Download our free guide for deep frying turkeys to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your home safe and out of harm’s way this Christmas.
We’re Here to Help after Holiday Injuries
Cooking during the holidays can be a hectic and stressful job. Not only are you trying to make delicious food for your friends and family, but you also may have guests over pitching in in the kitchen or outside with your deep fryer. Or if you’re a guest at someone else’s home, you may feel compelled to help out any way you can.