I admit that I don't know much of anything about how to cook a turkey, but I've heard that deep-frying it yields the tastiest, juiciest results. As a health editor, I feel compelled to simply say don't do it! (Isn't there enough fattening food on Thanksgiving without adding the turkey itself to the list?) That being said, if you are going to break out the deep-fryer, at least take extra precautions to stay safe. According to the , more cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year, and frying is the riskiest cooking method.
NFPA offers these tips:
â¢Stay alert. Don't cook while you're super sleepy or drinking alcohol.
â¢Never leave cooking food unattended. If you have to step out of the kitchen, turn off the stove.
â¢Keep anything flammable (fabric oven mitts, wood utensils, paper towels, etc.) far away from the flame.
â¢If you do end up with small grease fire, turn off the stove and smother the fire with a pan lid (and keep the lid on until the pan cools). If the fire's in the oven, turn of the oven and keep the door closed. When in doubt—or if the fire is large, get out of the house, close the door behind you, and call 911 after you leave.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
—Barbara Brody, Health Editor