William Shatner and the Trouble with Turkey Fryers

Not convinced that deep-fried turkey spells danger? Perhaps this Shatner PSA will persuade you to take caution
 William Shatner and the Trouble with Turkey Fryers

Happy Lazy Sunday!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me you have a plan for dinner and you’re salivating already at the thought. But how do you cook your turkey? Personally, I love a nicely brined turkey – although I might have to go back to the turkey roulade I had excellent luck with last year. Cue gratuitous Ina Garten:

On the other hand, I know that there are some who swear by deep-fried turkey. I have yet to try one, but I can’t argue with the fact that it sounds pretty legit – crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. What’s the downside?

Allow William Shatner (and magical insurance firm State Farm) to fill you in via a handy PSA on the dangers of careless turkey frying. “Fire, metal, oil, and turkey are glorious when in harmony,” he rhapsodizes – but when just one element goes awry, it can spell disaster. Put too much oil in the deep fryer? Forget to turn the flame off? Not enough usage of the “dingle-dangle” turkey-lowering device? Any one of those could put a user at risk for serious burns.

It’s a cute and funny PSA, but let’s not forget it’s grounded in reality – according to HuffPo, more cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year, and over 1,000 of those fires are related to misuse of a turkey fryer. So enjoy the video and your day, but remember to take care when you’re cooking this week, no matter what method you choose.

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