CLEVELAND, OH, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Fall is in full swing and football
season is well under way with tailgating and outdoor cooking taking
over parking lots and backyards everywhere. And increasingly, this
enthusiasm for outdoor feasting extends to Thanksgiving dinner and
right through the year. According to the National Turkey Federation, in
2010, almost 46-million turkeys were consumed. Combining a passion for
the outdoors and sporting events, deep frying a bird in an outdoor
cooker or turkey fryer has become as popular as grilling for many
Americans. Before attempting to cook these moist, tasty and crispy
delights, users should be aware that the use of outdoor gas appliances
could also pose a risk of fire or injury if not used carefully and in
accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
CSA International, a leading testing and certification provider for
gas-fired products, offers users of turkey fryers the following safety
tips to help ensure their autumn and Thanksgiving is a bounty of happy,
healthy and hearty memories:
Before You Begin
Read and carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions and be aware
of all warnings.
When purchasing a turkey fryer, make sure it carries the mark of an
accredited certification agency, such as the CSA International Blue
Star indicating that it meets applicable national standards.
To avoid overheating of the liquid propane cylinder, ensure it is
located as far away as practical (depending on the length of hose
provided) from the fryer burner. Situate the fuel tank and fryer so
that any wind will blow the heat from the fryer away from the tank.
Turkey fryers should only be used outdoors and at least three metres (10
feet) from structures - including garages, carports and overhangs -
vehicles, and combustible materials.
Always use a turkey fryer on a level, stable, non-combustible surface,
and never on a wooden deck or any structure that can catch fire. Be
sure to use only the pot that came with the outdoor cooker and that it
is centered directly over the burner.
Turkey Frying Time
Never cook a partially or fully frozen turkey! A frozen turkey can cause
the oil to splatter and boil over, posing a potential risk of fire and
burn injuries. Prior to cooking, turkeys should be thawed in a
refrigerator at least 24 hours for every five pounds of bird.
Dry the turkey before putting it in the oil. Pay special attention to
drying the cavity of the bird as it has the greatest potential for
water or ice to accumulate. Avoid marinades that may react with the hot
When filling the pot with oil, be sure to follow the manufacturer's
instructions and never over-fill the turkey fryer. This can cause the
oil to overflow posing a potential risk of ignition from the burner
Never heat the oil above 200°C (400°F) and always use the thermometer
supplied with the turkey fryer to measure the oil temperature. Check
oil temperature frequently. If the oil begins to smoke, turn gas to
Use well-insulated oven mitts when touching a pot lid, handles or when
adding or removing food to prevent the risk of burn injuries.
Slowly lower the turkey into hot oil with caution, being careful to avoid any overflow.
Never leave a turkey fryer unattended.
Young children and pets should be kept away from the area where turkey
fryers are being used, even after use.
If any portion of the turkey fryer catches fire, do not attempt to
extinguish or fight the fire. Immediately remove all people from the
vicinity of the turkey fryer, and contact the fire department or 9-1-1.
Do not attempt to extinguish fire with water!
Calling It A Day
Never move the pot or drain the oil from the pot until the oil has
cooled to a temperature of 45°C (115°F) or less.
About CSA International
CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification
services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of
other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world,
CSA International certification marks appear on billions of products
worldwide. CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also
includes CSA, a leading solutions based standards organization,
providing standards development, application products, training and
advisory services; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product
evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and
manufacturers. For more information, visit www.csa-international.org
SOURCE CSA International
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