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Turkey frying safety

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WSIL -- Many people will enjoy a turkey dinner this week for Thanksgiving. Frying turkey has grown in popularity, but it's important to remember safety.

Bill Barker from Devil's Breath Chile Company in Marion joined us on News 3 This Morning to fry a bird. Bill will be at University Mall in Carbondale on weekends this holiday shopping season. Look for him near Victoria's Secret.

You can watch the video and follow these tips from Bill and Butterball.

Although you’re outdoors, using a propane deep fryer can be very dangerous. Never leave your deep fryer unattended and be sure to carefully follow these instructions:

  • To start, take the wrapper off of the turkey, and remove and discard the neck and giblets.
  • Deep-fry your turkey outside on a flat surface, far away from homes, garages, wooden decks, etc.
  • To determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in the fryer basket and place it in the fryer. Add water until the top of the turkey is barely covered. Remove the turkey, allowing the water to drain from the turkey back into the fryer. Measure and mark the water line, and use that line as a guide when adding oil to the propane fryer.
  • Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Add oil to the fryer (based on the water line).
  • Preheat oil in the fryer to 375° F.
  • While the oil is heating, prepare your turkey with any seasonings, marinades, or injected flavor that you desire.
  • When the oil is hot, turn the burner off and slowly lower the turkey into the hot oil. Slowly lowering the basket helps prevent the oil from bubbling over. Turn the burner back on.
  • Cook the turkey about 3 to 4 minutes per pound.
  • The turkey is done when the dark meat is at an internal temperature of 175° F to 180° F and all white meat is at an internal temperature of 165° F to 170° F.
  • When the turkey is done, slowly lift it from the pot and place it in a pan or on paper towels to drain. Let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before removing it from the rack or basket.
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