I don't know about you but I'm pretty traditional when it comes to my Thanksgiving meal. I get up early to put on my turkey so it cooks low and slow. I use the drippings to make gravy. I make my own cranberry sauce and it's not a Thanksgiving table at my house without the green bean casserole and my great-aunt's serious china and crystal. The one thing I've never tried to cook and have never eaten is a deep-fried turkey. I hear they're really good, but I don't know, I just can't wrap my mind around it. And then, what the heck do you do with all that oil after you've fried your bird?

I've never tried to fry a turkey. My brother-in-law swears that it is the best and only way to eat a turkey on Thanksgiving, if you want to fry your turkey for Thanksgiving, there are a few things you need to know.

1. Make sure your turkey is completely defrosted - If the bird is at all frozen, the hot oil and frozen parts will make a turkey bomb, and while that might sound like a lot of fun, it isn't and you could have the towering inferno on your hands.

2. Never set up a turkey fryer indoors - You need to be outside, on a concrete surface with no vegetation or flammable items nearby. Make sure you aren't under your porch because if the oil catches fire it could set your house on fire.

If you still want to fry a turkey and like me you've never done it, watch this video. It's a couple of minutes and afterward you'll be a turkey-frying wizard and we won't have to read about you and your turkey frying fail. After your turkey frying adventure, click here to find out where to dispose of your spent oil. Never pour it down your drain unless you want to spend the day after Thanksgiving calling plumbers.

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