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by Michelle Ferris on Nov 25, 2014

Deep-fried turkey is delicious and juicy, but also incredibly dangerous. We encourage you to eat well and live well – but do so safely! The holidays are a terrible time to have to use your home insurance or health insurance. Please take all possible precautions to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe from danger.

If you're planning on deep-frying your turkey this year, it is very important that you remember to:

  • Use only small turkeys (up to 12 pounds).
  • Thaw your turkey COMPLETELY before cooking.
  • Use oils that have a high smoke point, like canola oil or safflower oil. Peanut oil will also work, but be aware of anyone with peanut allergies, as nut allergies are often severe and can cause death.
  • Be sure to use a thermometer to help keep a consistent temperature, and do not leave it unattended.
  • Oil temperature should be maintained at 350º F. At 375º F, oil can catch fire. Use extreme caution. For every pound of turkey, deep fry for 3-4 minutes. 
  • Do not overfill oil. You do not want it spilling or boiling over. To find out how much oil you'll need, put turkey and basket in the pot. Add water until it is 1"-2" over the turkey (but well below the top edge of the pot). Lift out the turkey, and measure how far it is from the top of the pot to the water. Pour out the water, dry the turkey completely, and add oil in to where the water-line was previously. 
  • Never deep fry your turkey in your home, garage or on your deck. Do it away from your house and away from anything flammable.
  • Be sure your fryer is on flat, stable ground. Five gallons of hot oil spilling is not something you want to experience.
  • Make sure children and pets are kept well away from the fryer area, including after it's done cooking. Hot oil retains heat for a very long time after cooking is finished.
  • Wear proper garb for your safety. Closed-toe, non-absorbant shoes, gloves / oven mitts that are well-insulated and non-absorbant, goggles, etc.
  • Before adding turkey to the fryer, pat it dry with paper towels to wick away moisture. Moisture will cause hot oil spatters.
  • Turn flame off before putting turkey in the fryer.
  • Keep a grease-fire fire extinguisher on hand.
  • NEVER throw water or ice into hot grease. It results in an explosive grease fire.
  • If you end up with a fire and cannot get it under control quickly, CALL 9-1-1!


Happy Thanksgiving from PLC Insurance! Our staff from all over Washington - Lynnwood, Seattle, Bellingham, and beyond - all wish you a joyous, appreciative holiday!

© 2019, PLC Insurance. The reader assumes all responsibilities for his/her own actions in regards to any items discussed in this report. Adherence to all applicable laws and regulations, federal, state and local, governing the use of any product or service described in this report in the US or any other jurisdiction is the sole responsibility of the reader. The publisher and author assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever on the behalf of the reader of these materials. The reader is encouraged to consult directly with his/her insurance professional.

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