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    Grilling Safety: MA Insurance

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Insurance

    Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

    Protect yourself while still having summer fun with personal coverage from Andrew Gordon Inc Insurance Norwell MASummer for most Americans means “busting out the grill” and hosting some barbecues in the warm weather, whether it be with friends, family, or both. According to the Insurance Information Institute, Americans enjoy more than three billion barbecues each year. By my calculations that’s enough chicken and steak to reach around the circumference of the Earth four times! (I just made that up, but still, there’s a lot of grilling going on). As you prepare a succulent host of BBQ food this year, remember to keep grilling safety in mind!

    Some things to remember:

    1. Wear a protective fire-resistant apron or similar garb, and mitts that reach up to your forearms to avoid burns.
    2. Keep you grill’s gas cylinder AWAY from your house or flammable structures.
    3. Check for leaks often by sprinkling soapy water around the gas valve; if there’s a leak, bubbles will form. Never check for a gas leak by using a match. This can happen.
    4. Make sure the gas is off whenever the grill is not in use.
    5. If using a charcoal grill, only use lighter fluid specified for charcoal grills. NEVER USE GASOLINE. Also never add more lighter fluid once a fire has already started; if needed, add small sticks or other tinder to augment the flame.
    6. When finished, douse coals with water before disposing of them in the trash.
    7. Our specialized outdoor flame/fire consultant advises you to take extra caution when grilling in the woods. Only you can prevent forest fires.
    8. Check grill hoses for cracks or leaks; make sure the hose doesn’t kink.
    9. Keep additional open flames away from the grill.
    10. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
    11. Never attempt to repair a grill yourself.
    12. Remember that grills can remain hot long after the fire is out.
    13. Be safe and have fun!
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    Corbin Foucart

    Tags: bbq, grill, cook, auto, Barbecue, Institute, garden, insurance, Business, ma, information, Flood

    6 Steps to Deep Fry a Turkey

    Posted by Val Feeney

    Mon, Oct 31, 2011 @ 04:15 PM

    Prepare for holidays by cooking turkey for your family and getting insured with Andrew Gordon Inc

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, so now is the time to start thinking about the food you will be serving your guests.  Turkey is most often the big ticket item on the table.  Traditionally, the turkey is cooked in an oven for up to 4 hours.  Well, there is an alternative, and in my opinion, much better way to cook a turkey - and that is to deep fry it. 

    Deep frying a turkey takes preparation. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to ensure your deep fry turkey gets cooked safely, and perfectly juicy. 

    Step 1:  Gathering the ingredients and tools necessary.

    • Food                                                                                  
      • 1 five - ten pound turkey (depending on the size of your pot), fully defrosted 
      • 5-7 gallons of peanut oil (running short will be disastrous)
      • A jar of your favorite dry rub
    • Tools
      • Large stockpot - where to cook the turkey is important.  This process should not be done indoors.  I use my backyard, 50+ feet from my house, as the frying area. 
      • Outdoor gas stove
      • Full propane tank
      • Poultry rack
      • Thermometer
      • Gloves
      • Fire extinguisher

    Step 2: Fill stockpot with peanut oil. 

    To determine how much peanut oil is needed, place the frozen turkey in the pot and fill with water to just over the top of the turkey.  Remove the turkey and note where the water line is.  This is where you will fill the peanut oil too.  Having too much oil can be dangerous and may cause a fire if it overflows the pot. 

    Step 3: Wash bird thoroughly. 

    Coat turkey with dry rub or seasoning and allow to defrost to room temperature.  At that point, place the turkey on the poultry rack ready to be inserted into the pot.

    Step 4: Heat the peanut oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

    Use the thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil.  Carefully lower the turkey into the peanut oil and make sure it is completed under the oil line. (IMPORTANT: You must lower the turkey into the oil very slowly.  If you drop the turkey into the pot too quickly, the oil will overflow causing a very large & dangerous fire.  It is important to have the fire extinguisher close by during this step).  Keep the turkey in the heated peanut oil for 3.5 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes per bird, approximately 40 minutes for our 10 pound bird. 

    Step 5:  Turn off gas and carefully remove turkey from the pot.  

    Let the turkey drain for a minute over the pot before bringing into the house.  Let the turkey sit in a pan for a few minutes, allowing excess oil to drain from bird.  As for the pot, allow the peanut oil to cool for a few hours before pouring the oil back into the gallon canisters that the oil came in. 

    Step 6: Enjoy!

    Serve your deliciously juicy fried turkey with your favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas sides. 

    Remember to stay safe while cooking, because accidents do happen. Check out our website, for insurance resources or for a quote. Learn about personal insurance here.


    Val Feeney

    Tags: thanksgiving, cook, turkey, deep fry, christmas, how to

    Adding Fuel to the Fire

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Oct 26, 2011 @ 06:01 PM

    Protect and cover your home in case of fire or other accident with homeowners insurance and safety tips from Andrew Gordon IncDid you know that the #1 cause of house fires is COOKING? Having just entered fall, which means grilling less and cooking more, we think a kitchen fire awareness post is due. After all, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, two holidays notorious for their food. The National Fire Protection Association provides the following information for dealing with cooking fires; use them to make sure you cook without too warm a welcome from your kitchen. 

    Microwave Fire

    Keep the door closed!  And unplug it. Be sure to have it serviced before you use it again. (Personal experience has taught me to watch anything cooked in the microwave.  Overcooked microwave popcorn can fill your home with an acrid smoke that is impossible to breathe in). 

    Oven Fire

    Again, KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED and turn off the heat. If the fire doesn’t go out immediately, call the Fire Department! 

    Grease Fire

    Nothing smells better on a Sunday morning than bacon cooking and coffee perking, but the potential for a grease fire is high.  The best way to handle a grease fire is to carefully slide a lid over the pan.  Turn off the burner, DON’T MOVE THE PAN, and keep the lid on until the pan cools completely. (Baking soda can also be used to suffocate the fire.) NEVER put water on a grease fire – water causes the grease to splatter and the fire to spread.  

    This all having been said, here’s a tasty recipe for your next brunch or cookout: 

    Cut Italian Sausages (mild or hot, whichever you prefer) into 1” pieces.  Put the sausage pieces into a one gallon ziplock bag, along with green pepper and onion slices.  Drizzle generously with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and let sit for an hour or two. When ready to cook, put the mixture in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until the sausage pieces are cooked through.  Delicious! 

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