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Thinking of frying a turkey: YouTube shows why you need to be careful!

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
As we in America celebrate Thanksgiving, some may be tempted to try to deep fry a turkey, something which has grown in popularity. I've heard many warnings about the approach, and now thanks to Youtube you can see the serious Underwriters Labratories video showing how easily things can go very wrong.

But with care, it can work, as another video shows. The keys seem to be: don't use a frozen turkey, don't use too much oil, do it outside a safe distance from the house, oh, and maybe don't do it while drinking! :-)

Enjoy the holiday, everyone (and the peace on the lists for those outside the states).

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Comments
There just seems to be something wrong about frying a whole turky in general
# Posted By Andy Jarrett | 11/24/06 5:04 AM
Well, I forgot to add that the word is that it tastes very good--moist, compared to most turkey which can be very dry. :-)
# Posted By Charlie Arehart | 11/24/06 9:16 AM
Charlie - If you don't follow the instructions, cooking a turkey in the oven can be just as dangerous. You need to make sure the turkey is completely thawed, and is not wet.

I haven't tried this yet, but living in WV its almost like a law that you have to at least once.
# Posted By Scott Stroz | 11/25/06 10:51 AM
anyone else noticed that these morons had a propane tank right next to the fryer? Imagine if this didn't get so well and the propane tank exploded as well.
# Posted By Tony Petruzzi | 11/25/06 11:08 AM
Tony, I did notice that and was afraid for the whole video. :-)

Scott, didn't know it was so big in the Mountaineer state. :-)
# Posted By Charlie Arehart | 11/25/06 10:24 PM
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