Renters Insurance Bryan TXFor all those of you who carry homeowners or renters insurance in Bryan or College Station Texas, not only does November bring colder weather and time with family, it also equates to a lot of time spent in the kitchen preparing for family gatherings. When it comes to cooking, I am the perfect picture of what not to do. If it can be easily cooked, I can easily burn or ruin it – it’s truly a gift. Luckily my cooking isn’t the topic for discussion today. With the upcoming holidays, I wanted to share some cooking tips that are pretty well know but may need some reminding about – it can’t hurt to get a refresher when it comes to safety while cooking.

How to Fry A Turkey

Unless you are a vegetarian, turkey is likely to be on the menu at some time during the holidays; a favorite way to cook this bird is by frying it. Now the brilliant cook in me would say “Let’s throw it in frozen! It will be faster than waiting for it to thaw.” Well, whether you know it or not, frying a frozen turkey is extremely dangerous and a disaster waiting to happen. As entertaining as the emergency room can be, avoiding serious burns during the holiday is wanted by everyone – so please don’t try it at home! There are a number of videos showing the dangers of frying a frozen turkey so I’ve attached a video for any curious viewers.

To avoid injury, the best thing to do is to take the turkey out of the freezer three days before the planned cooking day, allowing 24 hours of thaw time for every 5 lbs of turkey. Just be sure to allow a little extra time to ensure that the entire bird is ready and defrosted. The best way to thaw that gobbler and ensure safety is to put the bird in a pan and place it in the refrigerator a minimum of two days before cooking based on weight.

How to Put Out A Grease Fire

My second cooking safety tip is how to douse a grease fire. If the worst should happen and you find yourself fighting a grease fire during the holidays, here are some steps that can be taken to safely put out a grease fire.

  1. The normal first instinct is to pour water on the grease fire or move the pan to the sink to douse the flames with water – which is the worst thing you can do as it will only the fire to worsen. Do not throw water on a grease fire and do not try to move the pot containing the fire.
  2. If it can be done safely, place a metal lid or cookie sheet on the pan containing the fire and turn off the heat on the stove. Do not use glass as the extreme heat could cause it to crack.
  3. If it is a small fire, baking soda can be poured on the fire, which will cut off the oxygen supply to the fire.
  4. If a metal lid cannot be safely placed on the fire, spray the fire with a fire extinguisher. Everyone who has homeowners or renters insurance in Bryan TX should own one.
  5. If none of the above options are possible, vacate the residence at once and call 911.

For everyone who carries homeowners or renters insurance in Bryan and College Station, hopefully the above information will be helpful in avoiding any problems or claims during the holiday season!

All of us at Jones & Associates wish you and your family a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving weekend!