Turkey Flambé

Somebody commented about frying turkeys in my Martha Stewart post. Fried turkeys are delicious, but heating a huge vat of oil over an open flame is something you should be careful about —especially if there’s a little alcohol involved. It’s a good way to light your house on fire or hurt yourself. While this will make for a memorable Thanksgiving, please give your local first responders a break.

These folks thought it would be a good idea to fry a turkey on the deck. Not!


I like this one because there are kids around. Kids love fires:


Finally, here’s a little video from Underwriters Labs on the dangers of turkey frying. The good part starts :40 seconds in:


8 thoughts on “Turkey Flambé

  1. On the other side of the deep fried turkey equation, my friend has made several deep fried turkeys using one of the non-UL listed outdoor fryers, and has never had an incident.

    Danger is all around. That does not mean we should deprive ourselves of delicious food.

  2. Upon review of the footage, I must comment:

    I don’t like to eat sushi on the tiny tiny tiny chance I’ll get a worm of some sort- Damn you, Discovery Channel !

    What could possibly convince people, with the numerous examples of Turkey Inferno, that this is a good idea ? Maybe I’m getting too cautious in my ‘certain’ age…

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