Deep frying at home offers you the opportunity to produce the same delicious fried food you’d eat at a restaurant without having to leave the comfort of your house or pay exorbitant restaurant prices. Unfortunately, it also comes with a number of safety hazards. Don’t risk yourself! Check out these ten deep fryer safety tips to ensure that your food frying experience doesn’t end in burns.
1. Make sure your meat has had a chance to thaw completely before you place it in the fryer. Unlike other methods of cooking, deep frying still-frozen food can be dangerous. When ice crystals mix with the hot oil, it can make the oil splash out, risking splatters on the person inserting the food–that is, you!
2. If you’re using an outdoor fryer, like the kind you use for a Thanksgiving turkey, be smart about its location. Outdoor fryers should be placed on level ground at least ten feet away from buildings and other structures. Sometimes, splashes, spills, and even fires occur, and you want to be sure to protect your home.
3. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. This is particularly important when using an outdoor fryer, which is more prone to fires and other problems.
4. Never leave a fryer unattended. Don’t walk away to take care of other tasks and simply assume that it will be fine. Instead, keep an eye on the fryer while it’s cooking your food.
5. Don’t use water to put out a grease fire. If a fire does occur, it should be smothered or put out with your fire extinguisher, not with water.
6. Read your owner’s manual. Never operate your deep fryer outside the manufacturer’s instructions. Understand the manufacturer’s recommendations for cooking your food, how to cool down the fryer when you’re done cooking, and how to clean and maintain your fryer.
7. If the oil starts smoking, don’t place food inside. This is a good indication that the oil’s temperature has risen too high, which can lead to the oil catching fire. Turn the fryer off and allow the temperature to cool before trying again to cook your food.
8. Do not move your fryer once it’s in use. A good rule of thumb: once it’s been turned on, leave it in place until the oil has had a chance to cool. This will help prevent splashes.
9. Monitor the temperature. Ideally, you’ll want a deep fryer with a temperature gauge. In its absence, look for other signs that the oil is at the right temperature. Once it’s been turned on, make sure you take appropriate safety precautions!
10. Use appropriate safety gear. Tongs and hot pads can protect your hands from the heat, helping you avoid getting burned.
There are a lot of great things about your deep fryer. Getting a bad burn, however, can significantly reduce your enjoyment of this method of cooking! By taking reasonable safety precautions, you can greatly increase your enjoyment of your deep fryer.
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