VIDEO: Deep Frying A Turkey? This Is The Wrong Way

by The Z Living Editors
A Southern-style deep-fried turkey is delicious, but dipping a turkey into hot oil isn't something to do without a few safety measures in place.

As the team from our popular show House Hazards demonstrates, here's what happens when a frozen turkey meets a tub of hot grease. It's fascinating ... and it's frightening, too. 

Watch the clip below to see what happens. And remember: This is the wrong way to deep fry a turkey. Don't turn Thanksgiving into a holiday disaster.

Want to deep fry a turkey safely?

Here's how, step-by-step:
  1. Defrost your turkey and prepare as desired.
  2. If you've brined your turkey, pat it dry. Allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  3. Place approximately 4 to 4 1/2 gallons of peanut oil (enough to barely cover the top of the turkey) into a 28 to 30-quart pot and set over high heat on an outside propane burner. Bring the temperature of the oil to 250 degrees F.
  4. Once the temperature has reached 250, very slowly lower the turkey into the oil and bring the temperature to 350 degrees F.
  5. After 35 minutes, test the temperature of the turkey using a probe thermometer. Once the breast reaches 151 degrees F, slowly remove it from the oil and allow it to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to carving. 
WATCH on Z Living: House Hazardswhich puts potential home hazards to the test in a real house. Using state of the art technology, scientific experiments, and a whole lot of gusto, this series explores the sometimes disastrous results of human error. See a sneak preview here. 


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