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Old 11-27-2012, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default Anyone Else Do This When Frying a Turkey?

Thanksgiving has of course passed, but after frying my turkey on turkey day I still plan on frying about 3-4 more before the year is out since you can get turkey cheap.

Being safe when frying is very important and the videos online of fire department setting turkeys/oil ablaze are quite entertaining and enlightening/educational for those who haven't fried a turkey. Though those videos typically show doing every step 100% wrong to really emphasize what can happen when frying goes wrong.

We all well know of the typical safety recommendations when frying like........not overheating oil, not putting in too much oil, not putting in a frozen or even partially frozen turkey, etc.

What I haven't seen any site mention doing and is something I always have done simply because it made sense to me as a last point of fail safe......So does anyone else turn off the burner/fire before they drop the turkey in??

If a person does put too much oil in or the bird is a little frozen and it spills over and hits the flame (which is where all the fireballs come from) if the flame is off then it can't happen. For me when the drop happens the flame/gas goes off, drop the bird in slowly, wait till the lid is back on and no confirmed oil bubble over, then I start the fire back up.

Anyways just thought I would share. And here are some pics of my Thanksgiving turkey I did at my folks.

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After turkey is safely in I relight


Peeking


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Old 11-27-2012, 01:53 PM   #2
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I don't, but only because I am real sure my turkey is thawed and dried out. Also, I make real sure I'm under my max weight and have an "X" etched into the pot as a fill line. As the old saying goes "this ain't my first rodeo!"
Turning off the flame for initial entry is not a bad idea at all.
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I'm not a big Turkey Fryer.. but i have never thought of that...great idea.. lessons the risk immensly.. but sense the burner where the flame comes from is still really hot.. its a small chance that it could catch on fire anyway though with spillover.. but the chance goes down dramatically when you turn it off... Definitely will do from this day on...
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:02 PM   #4
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Nice looking bird. Thanks for the tips.
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I use the Alton Brown method, works great.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:22 PM   #6
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I use the Alton Brown method, works great.
Ha. Awesome! See I don't have great mechanical skills and if I made that it would probably make it more dangerous .
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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Yes, I and most people I know turn the burner off to lower the bird into the oil. After the bird is safely in the oil, we re-light the burner. It only takes a few seconds, so why would anyone NOT do it?

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I do that every time as well. The 30 seconds max you spend relighting the flame can save a major catastrophe.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:00 PM   #9
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That seems like a good tip. I plan to get a cheap one and try frying my first one here sometime
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:36 PM   #10
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I do the same thing. Much safer that way. No flame, no fire.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #11
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I always turn the burner off when I put in the turkey.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:40 PM   #12
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Good safety tip. Thanks!
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #13
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I am sorry to be the one who differs here but it is not necessary to turn the burner off.

If it's your first bird or so, Yes take every precaution. It looks like the bird in the pic above is being lowered in "Legs Up". Should be Breast up with cavity pointing away from the one dipping it and no one allowed to stand in front of it.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:51 PM   #14
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Good tip. I've only done turkey breasts in my deep fryer cause the full birds we buy for big family dinners are always to large to fit in the deep fryer.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:57 PM   #15
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Great safety tip, Thanks!
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