Deep Fry Your Turkey Without Turning Into A Human Torch

If you’re planning to deep-fry your turkey this Thanksgiving, Consumer Reports has one simple piece of advice: Skip the propane and go electric.

For starters, do not buy an outdoor propane-powered fryer. Without a thermostat control, the fryer can heat the oil to the point of combustion. These models can hold five gallons of oil, and cooking with that much oil at a high temperature poses added risk. Electric fryers are much safer.

The Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer we recently tested is designed for indoor use, has a thermostat, and uses two gallons of oil. The turkey turned out nicely browned and very juicy–only the thighs were a bit oily.

Consumer Reports also has advice on gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other holiday foods. And, no, they don’t recommend deep-frying your stuffing.

Q&A: Deep frying a Thanksgiving turkey [Consumer Reports]