Thanksgiving Preparation

Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

It is that time of year again. Thanksgiving. Turkey day!

This is for those of you that have decided to cook outdoors instead of in the oven.Whether you’ve decided to deep fry your turkey in an outdoor propane deep fryer, roast it in your grill, or smoke it in your BBQ smoker, there are a few things you want to ready yourself for the big day.

Always make sure you have extra fuel! An extra LP gas tank, plenty of wood to smoke with, and or charcoal. You don’t want to run out and have to go on the hunt for an open store.

Have an all purpose fire extinguisher handy at all times. NEVER use water on an oil fire. Hot frying oil and water DON’T MIX!!!

Always remember to lower your bird slowly into the oil. Dip it like a tea bag. Shut the fire burner off while your lowering your poultry into the pot if need be. You can always turn it back on and get your temperature back up to where it needs to be.

Make sure you have a working meat thermometer. Test it out ahead of time.

Make sure you are set up in a proper and safe location. This is mostly for the folks using turkey fryers, but holds true for all outdoor cooking equipment. Don’t set up in the garage, or on the deck, or on your wooden porch. And make sure the kids and the dog have somewhere else to play.

Review safety measures, especially if you only use your turkey fryer for the holidays. It never hurts to bone up on safety.

Make sure your cooking equipment is in proper working order. If you’re using propane, check for leaks on your tank, hoses, regulator, etc. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving eve or Turkey day to do this. If you need a part or a hose, odds are, you are not going to get it either the night before or that day. Take some time to check over your equipment at least the weekend before.

Make sure you have enough frying oil. And don’t mix different kinds of oil to get to the oil fill line. Go the weekend before Thanksgiving and get a large container or 2 from your local box store.(And it doesn’t have to be peanut oil either. There are plenty of good frying oils out there with a high smoke point).

Most of all, have fun. BE SAFE…but have fun! Thanksgiving is about food, family, friends, football and fun. Not the local fire department and take out Chinese food.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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