Angry Birds: When Deep-Frying Turkey Goes Wrong [VIDEO]
Though most people will cook their Thanksgiving turkey in a conventional oven, some of the country's bolder people will once again take aim at their deep-fryers. Deep-fried turkey is more popular in the South, but in the past decade has made its way all across the country.
But, deep-fried turkeys also carry a bit of risk, like in the video below:
To keep from having your Thanksgiving (and house) go up in smoke, there are some simple steps to follow.
First of all, make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry, both on the outside and inside the cavity. If water mixes with the hot oil, the oil spreads into droplets. If they touch the open flame below, the droplets will ignite with a blast of heat capable of lighting the rest of the oil.
Also, anyone cooking has to make sure there is enough oil to cook the turkey, but not so much oil that it overflows the pot. This can be performing a dry run with the turkey. Put it into the pot and add water until it just covers the top of the turkey, then mark it on the pot.
Most importantly, keep a B or ABC rated fire extinguisher on hand at all times. If an accident does happen, you'll be able to effectively fight the ensuing fire.
For more tips, Food Network's Alton Brown gives you a humorous look into proper turkey preparation.