Deep frying a Thanksgiving turkey is a household delicacy for some families, and if you plan on using a fryer Thursday we have a few tips for cooking a perfect bird. Ray Bonner, The Outdoor Chef, suggests injecting it with a blend of herbs and spices. Peanut oil may be the norm, but Bonner says canola oil works just as well and is a lot less expensive. The Fire Marshal's Office is asking you to take some precautions with the fryer in order to ensure a happy holiday.
"If you didn't have time to defrost it properly, abandon the plan. Go with something else. Go ahead and put it in the oven and do it the traditional way," says Garret Nelson with the Fire Marshal's Office.
It only takes about an hour to fry a turkey, but you have to make sure it is completely defrosted. If there's excess ice or water on the turkey, the oil will bubble out and can cause a grease fire.