Deep frying the Thanksgiving turkey has become very popular for many.
If this is something you're considering for the first time this holiday, a food nutrition educator at the University of Illinois Extension has a couple of quick tips.
Caitlin Mellendorf is a nutrition educator at the University of Illinois Extension office in DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties and says a few basic tips are to make sure the deep fryer is plenty far away from any structures and on a stable, level surface.
According to Mellendorf, it is imperative you thaw the turkey thoroughly before you put in the oil. Additionally, healthy oils like olive oil, avocado oil, and sesame oil are very popular options for cooking nowadays, however, do not use those to deep fry your turkey.
The Extension's 'Turkey for the Holidays' webpage has been updated. Mellendorf encourages visiting it for tips on things like choosing a turkey, how to thaw safely, and preparing your bird. There are also things for kids to do as well. Visit extension.illinois.edu/turkey.
We'll have more with Mellendorf on Thanksgiving food safety next week on Regional Radio.