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Deep Fried Turkey In This Health Conscious Age

If you need evidence for why attempts to increase produce consumption based on health are so difficult, all you have to do is look at — in this supposedly health-conscious age — the increasingly common trend of deep frying the Thanksgiving Turkey.

If you need evidence as to the power of the media, just look at how deep frying a turkey, long a tradition in the bayou and parts of the American South, turned into a growing trend when Martha Stewart picked up this regional specialty and put it in her magazine in 1996.

If you are planning to try your hand at this delicacy, remember two rules: First, you only cook this outdoors; indoors is very dangerous. Second, remember it is an oil fire and you never put water in an oil fire. This means that the Turkey must be thoroughly defrosted.

What is the worst that can happen? Well fortunately the Big Bear City Fire Department has prepared a video showing us both what to do and what not to do. We have to thank these firemen for setting these turkeys on fire solely for our education:

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