A Maritime fire marshal is warning people against deep-frying turkeys this Thanksgiving weekend.
More and more Canadians are adopting the American tradition of deep-frying turkey outdoors. This method of cooking is much quicker than roasting it in the oven and can lead to a juicier bird. But it is also fraught with dangers.
In past years there have been several incidences of people starting fires through dangerous cooking practices.
Dave Rossiter, the provincial fire marshal for P.E.I., said his office strongly recommends against deep-frying turkeys. But he said if people choose to do it, they should take some precautions.
“Don't do it on a wooden deck. Don't do it in the garage. Try and keep, at minimum, 15 feet away from any type of a building. If you're going to do it, make sure you have all the utensils that come with the unit,” he said.
Rossiter said also make sure your turkey is completely defrosted before putting it in the hot oil.
If any frozen water molecules in the turkey come in contact with hot oil, they quickly turn to steam and cause the oil to overflow the pot, sometimes with very dangerous consequences, sending the oil right into the open flame.
Setting up your deep fryer:
Cooking the turkey in the deep fryer: