… I’ve watched turkeys get set on fire.
I don’t know precisely when deep-fried turkeys hit the public awareness the way they’ve been popular the past few years. I know I didn’t see the fryers large enough for it in the grocery store around Thanksgiving until at most four years ago.
With this cultural discovery of deep-frying turkeys has come another new cultural standby: the “How Not To Fry A Turkey” video, a new and predicable mainstay of pre-Thanksgiving television news. Watching at least a few of these has become an annual tradition of mine.
So, here are some current favorites.
My new favorite, which was released last year but I somehow missed, is by the firefighters of Cobb County, Georgia. I love the delivery style in this one.
Another official organization PSA, and my traditional standby because of its desire to be as destructive as possible, is the Underwriters Laboratories discussion of why no turkey frying equipment bears a UL seal of approval. To my delight, it’s now available in high quality as of earlier this month.
And in the amateur video category, gloves and closed-toe shoes are Very Important. If you’re frying a turkey this year, remember that it’s not just the things that can cause a conflagration that you have to be careful about – grease splatterhurts.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone.