Thanksgiving is often the kickoff to the year-end holiday celebration season. If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner, you may feel a little bit of pressure to deliver a meal where everybody is well fed. A little planning and preparation can help make sure that nothing potentially ruins your festive meal.
Some people love the tasty goodness that can come from deep-frying a turkey in oil. But the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises against gas-fueled turkey fryers since they may pose a danger for burns from hot oil and may also be a fire hazard.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) also warns of the potential dangers and does not certify any turkey fryers. UL does offer the following safety tips, however, for those who may still prefer to cook their birds this way:
Nobody wants to be the cook who sends the family and friends home with a case of food poisoning. And for some of us, Thanksgiving may be the only day we cook a whole turkey. Here are some cooking tips to remember, thanks to FoodSafety.gov:
Some Thanksgiving hosts don’t want anybody else in the kitchen, while others may enjoy prepping the feast with family and friends around. Either way, help keep your cooking space safe with these tips from the NFPA:
Following these suggestions may help keep the Thanksgiving meal more festive and safe for you and your loved ones.
Originally published November 22, 2013.