Fried Turkey vs. Traditional Do you know your risks?

December 17, 2013


Do you know your risks? fried_turkey

While many celebrity Chefs including Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart endorse fried turkeys, this twist on the traditional baked turkey, can be hazardous to your holiday. Did you know over 1400 fires were reported in 2007 on Thanksgiving due to FRIED TURKEY according the National Fire Protection Association?

Many people have been enjoying fried turkey because unlike its predecessor Traditional oven-baked turkey it isn’t as dry. The problem is deep fried turkey isn’t as easy as it looks. Most people don’t understand the risk associated with deep fryers. Many people place these deep fryers inside of their garage or on their deck which could result in their whole house going up in flames.

If you insist on Frying your turkey here are a few tips we recommend:

  • Only fry the turkey outdoors

  • Do not overfill the deep fryer this overflow can catch fire

  • Place the deep fryer on pavement at least 15 feet away from any structures

  • Never leave the fryer unattended

  • Monitor the temperature frequently

  • Follow the deep fryer instructions

  • Keep the kids away


If a mishap happens, that is what insurance is for. A Homeowners Insurance policy can cover damage or liability risks that could occur.

If you plan on the traditional oven-baked turkey we recommend these 8 tips from Chef Chris Palios of Sophia’s Tuscan Grille:

1. Choose a fresh turkey instead of a frozen one.

2. Roast two small turkeys rather than one large one.

3. Brine the turkey.

4. Rub soft butter under the skin.

5. Tie legs loosely, or not at all.

6. Roast the turkey upside down at first.

7. Don’t overcook it.

8. Let the turkey rest before carving.

For any questions please call us at 345-7063 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.  Be safe out there!


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