Every year, fire departments around the country get calls from ambitious home cooks who've injured themselves while preparing their Thanksgiving feasts.
Of all the different ways to hurt yourself in a kitchen, deep-frying a turkey is, sadly, one of the most common around this time of year.
If you're going to fry your bird — a method that makes its skin deliciously crisp and requires comparatively little cooking time — fire officials have a few tips.
- Do it outside and in the open
- Do it at least 10-feet from your house and away from shrubs and overhanging trees
- NEVER use a frozen turkey
"Because what happens when the turkey hits the water, oil is heated to usually around 425 degrees fahrenheit. What it does is that if there's any moisture in a frozen turkey, it flash boils the moisture in it, and it can actually result in an explosion," Orange County Fire Authority Captain Larry Kurtz tells KPCC.
Thaw a frozen turkey first if you plan to fry it and make sure you have a safe method of removing the bird from the fryer when it's done.
The Food Network's resident kitchen whiz, Alton Brown, has several additional techniques that will hopefully help you host a fail-safe turkey fry.
Don't forget to keep a fire extinguisher nearby and call 911 if things get out of hand.