Deep-fried turkeys have become a preferred way to indulge at Thanksgiving dinner.
There's just something about the crispy, golden skin that makes the turkey taste better than the standard oven-baked bird.
But there are also several dangers that accompany the cooking process. One of the most common mistakes is deep-frying the turkey while it's still frozen.
Check out this video to see what happens when you deep-fry a frozen turkey, courtesy of Lyndall Insurance and the Valley View Fire Department:
Here are some other tips for staying safe if you're going to deep-fry your dinner this Thursday:
1. Steer clear of the house
Keep your fryer a good distance from your house and any surrounding buildings or structures. In the event that a fire does occur, you'll want your only loss to be your turkey, not your home.
2. Keep it steady
Find some flat ground to set your fryer up. An uneven surface could lead to spills and all that hot oil could result in some painful burns.
3. Get your oil checked
Before filling up the fryer with oil, use water to check how much you'll need. You want enough oil to cover the turkey, but you definitely don't want the oil to overflow.
4. Thaw your turkey
Always thaw your turkey prior to dropping it in the fryer. As you saw above, frying a frozen turkey will cause it to ignite.