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Here's what not to do when deep frying a turkey this Thanksgiving

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*Do not try this at home*
Nashville, Tennessee firefighters gave a demonstration on the wrong way to fry a turkey.

This experiment demonstrated the biggest No-No when it comes to deep frying a turkey... throwing it in frozen. The fire chief explained why...

"Most people don't want to take the time to thaw the turkey out so you have a chunk of ice you're putting in the boiling oil and they just don't like each other."
Chief Scott Lively, Nashville Fire Academy

USFA listed the five dangers of deep-frying a turkey:

1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.

3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.

4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.

5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

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Questions during cooking? You can call the food safety line toll free at 1-888-674-6854.


Our affiliate WZTV Fox 17 News in Nashville, Tennessee contributed to this story.


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