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Thanksgiving Moment of Zen: Exploding Turkey Edition

Thanksgiving Moment of Zen: Exploding Turkey Edition

It’s gratuitous. Click anyway.

This Thanksgiving, don’t be the guy who lights his house on fire in an attempt to deep fry a turkey.


The Ultimate Deep Fried Turkey Fails Compilation by worldwideinterweb

In an effort to demonstrate what not to do, the Gwinett County Fire and Emergency Services squad—who didn’t enjoy themselves during the making of this video at all—managed to create something that looks suspiciously like deep fried napalm.

Want to know how to do it right? Watch this:

Don’t drink and baste, and have a great Thanksgiving!

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Oh, so DON’T put the frozen turkey in the boiling oil in the middle of the living room.

*makes a note of this*

    jakee308 in reply to Radius. | November 27, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Don’t fry a frozen turkey at all!!

    I noted that the second video of how to do it correctly, never mentions (although they show one) that you defrost the turkey completely.

    Two main mistakes that cause frying turkey fires;
    1. Dropping a frozen turkey into the boiling oil.

    this causes steam and expansion from the flash heated water and this blows the oil out of the kettle.

    2. Over filling the kettle with oil. (they showed this)

    Those are the mistakes that burn the house down. That and frying it indoors.

NC Mountain Girl | November 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Most of these are the result of one or both of the following:

Too wet or a still frozen turkey

Too much oil in the fryer

My family has done this, without incident. It does require some forethought and discussion, along with a secured block and tackle to lower the turkey into the hot oil without having anybody’s hands near it.

The turkey was tasty, but not worth the risk.

    I fried 5 last night and 3 this morning without incident. Only a moron would put a frozen anything in hot oil. They are tasty and I used hog lard this year, instead of peanut oil. It’s cheaper and they came out great.

I have a turkey frying setup, but it costs about $30 for the peanut oil so I rarely use it. They’re good and it only takes about 45 minutes cooking time, though.

I guess the folks that do this stuff have never done a fish fry before. There is a reason you gently drop the fish into the grease one piece at a time or use a basket to drop it.

I’ve fried a few without incident. But then I read the instructions first. We have been considering a indoor electric fryer. Standing out in the cold and rain is for the young guys.

Towards the beginning of the “How to” video, the “host” says that you want to (not an exact quote, but the word in caps IS accurate) “pat down the turkey really well, because you don’t want any extra OIL, that’s what causes fires.”

Um – you’re frying the turkey in OIL. It’s WATER that has to be avoided, as in making sure the turkey is thawed completely (ice counts as water) and dry.

I don’t care how safe he is being, he should still be wearing safety glasses.