DIY Thanksgiving: How to fry a turkey, turkey fryer kits, safety and more…

DIY Thanksgiving: How to fry a turkey, turkey fryer kits, safety and more…

OK makers, here are some turkey fryer kits, how-tos, safety tips, and all around do-it-yourself projects, recipes, and more for Thanksgiving…

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First up, Instructables has a how-to on frying a turkey. Check out the comments and cautions for lots of good advices/tips – Link. And if you’re planning on sharing any recipes, DIYs, how-tos or whatever, Instructables is also having a contest & group.

Underwriters Laboratories has some background on why they don’t certify turkey fryers along with scary photos & video —

“A longtime food favorite in the southern United States, the delicious deep-fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity thanks to celebrity chefs such as Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse. While some people rave about this tasty creation, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.’s (UL) safety experts are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing safety for good taste.

“We’re worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use,” says John Drengenberg, UL consumer affairs manager. “Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark.” Link.

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Still want to fry a turkey? Check out Alton Brown’s Turkey Derrick – “Ask any professional fire fighter – they’ll tell you — every Thanksgiving they answer a slew of emergency calls… Maybe you’ve seen the videos of decks or houses going up in flames because of careless turkey frying? After some thinking, sketching, a few trips to the hardware store… the Turkey Derrick was invented as an ideal way to intelligently and safely fry a bird. Download the instructions to construct the derrick and fry the bird”PDF.

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Here’s a “kit” for turkey frying, also can fry 3 chickens at once (Jake) … – $100:

“Bayou Classic Stainless Steel Cookware is the premium choice for those who demand the highest quality products for their outdoor cooking needs. The 30-Quart polished Stainless Steel Stockpot allows you to fry a whole turkey in as little as 45 minutes. With the included Skewer Set, this item transforms into a Gourmet Chicken Fryer, making it possible to fry 3 chickens in 20 minutes! The Stainless Perforated Basket is perfect for boiling seafood, crawfish, clams, and vegetables.” [via] – Link.

How Stuff Works has an uber collection of all things Thanksgiving-related, from stain removal to how pop timers work. – Link.

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And last up, a sneak peak at something we’ll be posting about very soon!

2 thoughts on “DIY Thanksgiving: How to fry a turkey, turkey fryer kits, safety and more…

  1. planetjay says:

    The UL fire thing is real! I’ve seen a 16 unit apartment complex totally lost due to a deep fryer on a patio flaming up to the ceiling over it.

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