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Old 11-02-2010, 12:46 PM   #21
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Speaking of Thanksgiving problems ... does anyone else have some issues. This year I seem to have managed to invite the two women I know who rarely eat, and a vegetarian. It really isn't a problem; I'll just make my traditional meal, ask everyone to bring a dish (potluck is an easy out for this kind of thing, at least everyone has something they will eat). It just cracks me up, though, that I'll have people at the table pushing food around politely. Usually what I have is people chowing down, going back for more, and taking home leftovers and wishing for more. The vegetarian friend only recently started that regime, so don't know what his reasons are or what kind of vegetarian he is. But, in fact, I'm not changing anything and they're all really happy to have been invited. What I usually do is tell people what I'm making, then ask them to bring a dish to fill in their traditional/dietary restrictions blanks.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:02 PM   #22
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I'd go one better. I wouldn't use a frozen bird for this, at all. I don't think you can dry them out well enough. And almost no one defrosts them thoroughly enough to be safe for frying. Buy a fresh turkey.
I agree. Many times I have thought my turkey or chicken should be defrosted and there are still frozen chunks of ice inside.

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Old 11-02-2010, 10:50 PM   #23
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Alton Brown did a whole show on frying turkey (good eats) the entire show is loaded on youtube in 3 parts. Get your hubby to watch - it's a pretty funny and covers safety issues. Here's part 1
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:47 AM   #24
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I would have a second turkey in the oven just in case.
Call it the Duel of the Turkeys
And see which one comes out the best.
If he is such a hazard, I would have it set up away from and buildings, a water hose ready and keep the area around him wet down , proper ultensils , a big cantainer of water and Ice, a bag of flour (helps to put out oil fire) and the fire dept number and phone with it on speed dial.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:57 AM   #25
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If he is such a hazard, I would have it set up away from and buildings, a water hose ready....
Absolutely don't have a water hose ready. Oil and water don't mix. You hit flaming oil with water and you will spread that flaming oil all over the place. Have a rated fire extinguisher ready and know how to use it.

So long as he's careful you will have a great turkey dinner.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:58 AM   #26
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... a water hose ready and keep the area around him wet down , proper ultensils , a big cantainer of water and Ice, a bag of flour (helps to put out oil fire) and the fire dept number and phone with it on speed dial.
Water and oil don't mix!!! Water on an oil or grease fire will launch a fireball 30'-60' (feet) into the air!!! Wetting down the area around the fryer will only increase the hazard by making the ground slippery! And NO, don't use flour!!! A cloud of flour has the explosive power of dynamite!!! For in the kitchen, a box of baking soda can be used to extinguish a skillet fire, but outdoors with more than a gallon of oil, only a chemical fire extinguisher can be trusted.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:15 AM   #28
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I've never cooked turkey in my life. I build a wood fired brick pizza oven out in the patio over the summer and my wife freaked out when I suggested that I might just roast our T-Giving turkey in the oven. ...:p...:D
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:14 AM   #29
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I realize water and oil don't mix - if you read my post again You will see I said to keep the area around him wet down and a bag of flour for oil fire. Flour will put out an oil fire. Years ago my hubbie decided to fry chix wings and added the wings to the oil and it went over the top and started a fire - I grabbed the flour canister and started throwing flour, it put it out and no damage but one messy kitchen. Ill take the mess to clean up anytime then fire damage.
Ice water for burns.
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And as I said before, wetting the ground only makes a dangerous situation even more dangerous. A wet ground does nothing to subdue nor prevent from spreading an oil fire, except make it likely that people will slip and fall while trying to get away.

As for throwing flour on a fire, watch what happens when you do:
Flour Fire - AOL Video


Wikipedia:
Elevator explosions

Given a large enough suspension of combustible flour or grain dust in the air, a significant explosion can occur. A famous historical example of the destructive power of grain explosions is the 1878 explosion of the Washburn "A"Mill in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which killed eighteen, leveled two nearby mills, damaged many others and caused a destructive fire that gutted much of the nearby milling district. (The Washburn "A" mill was later rebuilt and continued to be used until it was shut down in 1965.) Another example occurred in 1998, when the DeBruce grain elevator in Wichita, Kansas exploded and killed seven people.
Almost any finely-divided organic substance becomes an explosive material when dispersed as an air suspension; hence, a very fine flour is dangerously explosive in air suspension.

But if you don't believe me, I urge you to go talk to a fireman... please!!
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