VIDEO: Deep Fried Turkey With William Shatner. Seriously, Be Careful.
This contains some of the greatest elements for an internet video: cheap special effects, a (semi) serious message, and William Shatner.
The man best known as Capt. James Tiberius Kirk from Star Trek teamed up with State Farm insurance to create a Thanksgiving season video about turkey deep fryer safety.
Don’t laugh. Ok, maybe laugh a little bit. Deep frying is an increasingly popular way to prepare the bird; even critics acknowledge that deep frying produces a turkey that is juicy and delicious in a fraction of the time it takes to roast.
However, the deep fryers themselves are incredibly unsafe home appliances, which have caused numerous house fires and injuries in recent years. They are basically large vats that heat about 5 gallons of oil over an open flame. Everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix; so submerging a turkey that is even slightly frozen can cause oil to burst out, burning anyone nearby, and worse, igniting the flame below. What’s more, many consumers don’t follow the instructions from manufacturers, and set up the devices on (highly flamable) wooden porches or in garages. One trusted consumer products testing laboratory has refused to certify any commercial turkey fryers as safe.
So if you absolutely insist on deep frying a turkey, read the instructions carefully, thaw out your bird completely (24hrs in the fridge for every 5lbs, according to the USDA), and check out more safety tips here.
Have you ever deep fried a turkey? How did it go? Happy Thanksgiving!