The Dos & Don'ts of Turkey Frying - A Cautionary Tale

Posted by Nick Schiltz on November 21

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Well, that's one way to fry a turkey... We learned a lot of great things about electricity from Benjamin Franklin, but some bright ideas are better left grounded. In the annals of curious historical experiments, Franklin’s attempt to cook a turkey with electricity is often eclipsed by his better-known feats. While pioneering his work with electricity, Franklin embarked on a culinary adventure with a scientific twist. In 1750, he began to explore the potential of electricity beyond scientific boundaries – in the kitchen.

Franklin believed that electrocuting a turkey would make the meat more tender. Due to his lack of an air fryer, Franklin armed himself with his knowledge of electricity and a desire for a unique, experimental Thanksgiving meal. However, things didn’t go as planned. Instead of a tender turkey dinner, Franklin received a shocking surprise. The experiment backfired, leaving Franklin himself electrified and the turkey far from the succulent feast he had imagined.

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This incident, while a failure in culinary terms, didn't dampen Franklin's enthusiasm for scientific exploration. It stands as a testament to his relentless curiosity and willingness to experiment, even if it meant learning the hard way. Two years after the turkey incident, he conducted his famous kite experiment in 1752, which demonstrated the electrical nature of lightning.

Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm, proving that lightning is electricity by observing sparks jumping from a key tied to the kite's string to his hand. This experiment established the basis for many future advancements in understanding and harnessing electricity. 

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Franklin’s electrifying turkey experiment remains a quirky, albeit cautionary, Thanksgiving tale. Next time you want to fry a turkey, don't follow the late great Franklin, nor the always-late Burnie; learn from our master Technical Support Specialist. 

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On Monday, we had our annual Thanksgiving lunch, and as the Grace team continues to grow, so do our appetites. Sticking to traditional methods rather than Franklin's electrifying approach, Troy safely fried not one but eight turkeys this year. With over twenty years at Grace, Troy’s long-standing tradition as our go-to turkey fryer stands as a testament to our community spirit, marked by good food and safe practices – no electricity required in his frying method.

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Wishing you all a Zappy Thanksgiving filled with joy, laughter, and deliciously safe feasts!


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