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Avoiding a deep-fried turkey disaster this Thanksgiving

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Did you know Benjamin Franklin — who thought the bald eagle was of “bad moral character” — proposed that a wild turkey be the official bird mascot of the United States? Although he was outvoted, the noble turkey remains a mainstay of American culture and kitchens. According to the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, usually with a generous helping of buttery mashed potatoes and Grandma’s green bean casserole. Deep-fried turkey has recently become wildly popular, and for good reason. It’s crispy, juicy, and faster to prepare than its roasted counterpart, but all of that deliciousness can come at a steep price.

Fire in the hole!

As delicious as a plate of crispy turkey may be, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) actually discourages the use of any outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers, no matter how safely you operate one. So if Uncle Bob still…

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