Garland Planning "Turkey Palooza" To Promote Safe Thanksgiving Cooking

Alan Scaia
November 14, 2019 - 8:32 am
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GARLAND (1080 KRLD) - Garland officials will host a seminar Thursday evening called, "Turkey Palooza."

The program will cover how to safely deep fry a turkey, avoid cross-contamination and how to use a fire extinguisher.

Turkey Palooza is a joint effort led by the Garland Fire Department and Garland Water Department. The water department says it will cover the importance of recycling fats, oils and grease.

"Garland recycles kitchen fats, oils and grease year-round, but especially we talk about it at the holidays because of all the cooking we do," says the Garland Water Utilities' Lorrie Reeves.

Recycled oil is sent to Dallas, where it is used for fuel at a wastewater treatment plant.​ Reeves says Garland emphasizes recycling to keep oil and grease from clogging the city's two wastewater treatment plants.

"It's a huge system with miles and miles of pipeline, and we want to make sure the wastewater stream, the sanitary sewer system just keeps running through the holidays and nobody has a back-up," she says.

Garland Fire will lead demonstrations on how to deep fry and carve a turkey. The fire department will also hold a class on how use a fire extinguisher.

"A lot of people deep fry turkeys, and we want to make sure they do it in a way that is safe," Reeves says. "There is a real skill to that. There is a proper way to do it and a very, very wrong way to do it. It's a lot of grease you have heated to a very high temperature."

The class is Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 at the fire administration building at:

1500 State Highway 66

Garland, TX 75040

Turkey Palooza is free, but registration is required at GarlandWater.com.