Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to take it easy, maybe watch some football, and spend the day with your favorite people. It’s also about food, fun, giving back, and fire safety…if you have a deep fryer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when going into this year’s turkey day:
Take Caution When Using a Deep Fryer, Fires Can Light Up Quickly
We’ve all heard it before…a turkey tastes better and cooks faster when it’s deep fried. However, since oil doesn’t necessarily boil or bubble over like water does, it’s easy to drop a turkey into a deep fryer and have it explode if you’re not paying close enough attention like a gender reveal party gone wrong.
That’s why Sparks Fire department wants to remind people about how quickly fires can start when using a deep fryer to cook your bird. In a recent demonstration, Sparks Fire showed how a frozen turkey dipped in oil is engulfed in flames as soon as it was placed in the fryer. Here are some tips to keep in mind when deep frying a turkey:
• Make sure that the deep fryer is on a level surface
• Make sure that the temperature stays under 325 degrees Fahrenheit
• Make sure that the turkey is thawed and dried
• Children should be supervised in around kitchens and deep fryers
Donald Abbott’s Turkey Drive Helps 124 Families in Need
In mid-November Sparks City Councilman Donald Abbott and his fellow friends/community leaders got together to raise enough money to buy 124 turkeys (and sides) to families in need. In this second annual Turkey Drive, Abbott and his team raised more than $7,635 to purchase “turkey dinner kits” consisting of meat and sides from Grocery Outlet, and the supermarket also pitched in an additional $250 to cover the cost of the volunteer luncheon to support those who drove turkey dinner kits to their families. If you are interested in getting involved, visit https:// sparksproud.com/.
Shop Local For Sides
Secret Sparks, the organization that highlights the collaborative effort between businesses, personalities, products, and services to encourage citizen tourism in Rail City, wants to remind people that instead of plopping down a plate of canned cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, add a local twist to the side. Consider simmering some Engine 8 Urban Winery Winter’s Berry wine into your recipe, available for purchase now at ten percent off. Nevada Brining also provides incredible marinated carrots, pickles, and more, and encourages residents to use its pickle brine for the bird! (Just remember, for every pound, leave the brine in for one hour…and they’re located off Glendale Avenue- close to the Sparks Tribune office.) They’re also making a Secret Sparks price available for their Barrel Cut Original turkey brine. Nevada Brining products are featured in multiple locations, including Two Chicks, Record Street Brewing, Pignic Pub & Patio, Noble Pie, Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, Great Full Gardens, Full Belly Deli, Great Basin Brewing Company and more.
The Scheels Turkey Trot is This Thursday
Before you settle in for a day of feasting, head over to Scheels for a large serving of healthy exercise and family fun. Starting at 8:30 a.m., join a 10k hustle or a 2-mile stride in and around the Sparks Marina to burn some calories and give back to the community. Every runner and walker receive a commemorative long-sleeve souvenir shirt and refreshments; please keep in mind that pets are not permitted in the race and there are no refunds. Proceeds support the City of Sparks Youth Scholarship Fund and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.
Just remember…. stay safe, stay healthy, and have fun this Thanksgiving!