The holidays are a time for families to gather and share good times, laughter, stories and more importantly great food! Sometimes that great food takes a back seat to safe food. We all want to have our family and friends marvel at our culinary creations and think, “Wow, they really out did themselves this year!”. Yes, truly… the drooling and oodling over your festive eats can go to your head and even make you try things you have never attempted before. Good for you, but don’t let your need for cuisine glory lead you astray from ensuring the safety of those you hold most dear.
Deep frying a turkey is a conquest many have undertaken only to find the task daunting and unnerving. Below are tips to help you avoid the dangers that accompany the perfectly crispy house your never wanted.
In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350 degrees F or more cooking oil is combustible, and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite.
Propane-fried turkey fryers are designed for outdoor use, particularly for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Rain, Sleet, or Snow are common events in many parts of the country. If rain, sleet, or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can be a splattering of hot oil or a conversion of these elements to steam, either can lead to burns.
Use of a propane turkey fryer indoors to escape bad weather is extremely risky. Fires have occurred when turkey fryers were used in a garage or barn or under the eaves of the house to keep the appliance out of the rain.
The approximately 5 gallons of oil in these devices introduce an additional level of hazard to deep fryer cooking, as does the size and weight of the turkey. The turkey must be safely lowered into and raised out of the large quantity of hot oil.
Many turkeys are purchased frozen and they may not be fully thawed when cooking begins. As with a rainy day a defrosting turkey creates the risk of contact between hot cooking oil. So it’s best to use a fresh turkey for frying.
Any contact between hot oil and nonmetallic materials could lead to serious physical burns, or even cause house fires. If there happens to be a fire It is a common misconception that once the fire stops burning, the damage is done. Unfortunately smoke usually contains an acid-like compound that destroys parts of your home when they come into contact with them. Even worse, many times home owners try to clean up the soot and smoke themselves which can result in more damage.
It is better to report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible. Not sure what type of coverage would even take care of something like this? Contact your Insurance Architect and ask if a turkey explosion is covered under your home owners/renters insurance plan. One phone call is a small price to pay to ensure your house or garage doesn’t end up more cooked than your holiday turkey.