I would say that a self basting turkey would create a fire hazzard. As water is place in hot oil, a violent reaction takes place as the water is changed to steam by the hot oil. Remember that water boils at 212' F. Oil is typically at somewhere around 380'F. and transmits its heat energy to the water rapidly. The steam tries to escape from the oil so quickly as to cause the popping noise we are so familiar with when water drips into a pan of hot oil.l The expanding water cause the oil to splash. Think of the moisture from the oozing basting liquid hitting the hot oil. It could cause the oil to boil over the pan top, and then catch fire as it hits the burner flame. Grease fires are dangerous and hard to extinguish. And there is the possibility of that hot, popping oil splashing onto skin, ouch!
That's why it's recomeneded that you purchace a non-basting turkey.
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