To Fry or Not to Fry?
Published November 22nd, 2013
We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving and for many it's time to start thinking about shopping for the big dinner.
One of the considerations is how to cook the turkey.
"You have alot of hot oil so it's best to make sure that it's done outside,"said District Chief Michael Cowart of Gainesville Fire Rescue.
The oil should be anywhere from 325-350 degrees and you can cook the turkey for about three minutes per pound.
Fire Rescue says the bird should never be put into the oil frozen because of potential explosion.
"I've seen them explode to where they go into the attic space, someone doing it inside their garage and obviously that can cause a fire hazard as well with the hot grease,"said District Chief Cowart.
The turkey should also be toweled off for any excess water before placed in the oil.
Wear gloves and keep kids and pets away.
"I've seen second-degree burn injuries on hands and feet. I've seen young children be injured by the fire, just being curious and wanting to get around it,"said District Chief Cowart.
Some may not have fried a turkey before but they hear from friends and family that it's quite the delicacy. One that's worth the risk.
"It puts extra cholesterol in it,"said Chip Slauenwhite, Gainesville Resident.
Before any of this, make sure you measure how much oil you need in the pot beforehand because you don't want to hot oil to pour out when you put the turkey in.
Fill the pot with water and then put the turkey in the pot before the frying process. The neck of the turkey should be about two inches above the water. That level should be the same level that you fill the oil to.
Also, keep a fire extinguisher nearby when frying your turkey.
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