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Serving up safety: Tips for deep frying your Thanksgiving turkey

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Few things ruin a holiday as much as blowing up your home.

That's why, if you're deep frying your turkey this Thanksgiving, precautions need to be taken in order to ensure the safety of your home and family.

Toledo News Now's Natalie Clark spoke with a culinary expert on how to properly drop your bird this holiday season. Chef Jim Rhegness offered the following tips to safely fry your turkey this year.

  • Completely thaw the turkey before beginning the frying process.
  • Only operate the deep fryer outside. 
  • Have a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Pre-heat the oil 25 degrees higher than cooking temperature before dropping in the turkey
  • Slowly lower the bird into the oil, allowing any extra moisture to evaporate before completely submerging the turkey.
  • Never allow the oil to reach 450 degrees or higher, as that could cause the oil to ignite.
  • Leave the turkey submerged in the oil for three minutes per pound plus an extra 5 minutes.
  • Cook for 3 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes extra.

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