Deep-fried turkey has risen in popularity in recent years and is often the method of cooking used this time of year.  It’s no secret that deep frying a turkey can be very dangerous.  It pays to do your homework beforehand and a few simple precautions can prevent an accident from occurring.  Here are some quick helpful tips. 

What Size Turkey – Smaller turkeys work best for frying.  12-14 pounds is the largest size bird that should be used in order to be successful. 

 Amount of Oil – Most turkey fryers have a fill line.  Do not fill with oil beyond that line.

 Prep the Turkey – The turkey should be completely thawed and dry

 Test for Doneness – The breast should test at 165-170 degrees and the thigh at 175-185 degrees.

 Properly cool the oil – Before disposing or storing the oil be sure it has properly cooled down after usage.

 Additional Safety Tips: 

  •  Wear long sleeves, long pants and close-toe shoes whenever you are using a fryer
  • Gloves that protect your hands are essential
  • Always use a turkey fryer outside
  • Never use a turkey fryer under the overhang of a home or garage
  • Set your fryer away from large bushes and grasses
  • Always keep kids and pets away

 Here is a short but informative video with some additional safety ideas that you might find helpful.