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Deep Fry That Bird!

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the perfect turkey! We all know there are many different ways to cook a turkey other than the conventional oven method. If you are looking for something different this year then keep reading! We will be breaking down the perfect technique to using your propane powered turkey fryer.

Remember turkey fryers are for outdoors use only. Not in a garage or under the dry pine tree, and definitely not too close to the house. Safety should always be your number one priority before you fry! Make sure you find a spot away from anything which could easily catch fire. Don’t forget to cover the ground in tarps, cardboard or whatever else may absorb the oil that can boil out. There’s a significant 5 foot radius of splatter and you should have an 8 foot radius covered to protect concrete from acquiring permanent oil stains. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand just in case and wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes. Also, be sure to use a long oven mitt.

In addition to having a turkey pot and the burner you will definitely need your AmeriGas propane tank and a long-stemmed thermometer. If you are planning to deep fry multiple turkeys make sure you have 2 or 3 AmeriGas propane tanks on hand. Set the AmeriGas tank as far away from the burner as the connection permits.

The most common oil used for turkey frying is peanut oil. Fill your pot up to the max fill line, or a little below depending on how large the turkey is. It should take about 30 minutes to prepare your oil for frying, depending on the outside temperature. Bring your oil to 375° F because when the cool bird is dropped in, the temperature will drop approximately 50°.

Pre-prep your turkey the night before however you see fit. One note to keep in mind is to thaw out your bird for at least 24 hours. Make sure your turkey is patted dry both on the inside and out, this is a critical step in making certain your turkey is cooked properly. While your turkey is waiting to be fried you can be roll it in a plastic bag of flour and pepper and place it on the spindle awaiting its turn in the oil bath. Once your oil is ready remove the plastic bag and use twine to tie the legs and wings to the body.


Bring your turkey to the pot and slowly lower it into the oil. No matter how slowly the turkey is lowered there will always be some oil spill. Make sure you know the proper weight of your turkey and follow this rule; for every pound the turkey is, cook for 3.5 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the temperature at all times.

The internal temperature of the turkey should be 165° in the breast and 180° in the fattier part of the thigh.

If this is your first experience with fried turkey you will discover the skin is to die for, the meat is succulent and it does not taste the least bit oily. This Thanksgiving, why not try this technique and show off your frying skills! Everyone at your table will be asking for seconds! For more tips on ways to prepare your turkey this Thanksgiving, check out our Facebook page and our blogs.


AmeriGas wishes you as safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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In the Community: Thanksgiving Edition

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans face hunger each day?  This scary statistic is unfortunately the reality for many Americans.  That’s why, at AmeriGas, we try our best to continually support our local communities throughout the nation.

Each year, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, AmeriGas donates meals to local food banks and shelters throughout the nation.  Nationwide, our offices pride themselves on their commitment to support their local community.

Currently, our Phoenix office is collecting food and toiletries for the St. Mary’s Food Bank—an organization that is near to their hearts.  The St. Mary’s Food Bank distributes the donations to approximately 430 sites, which include: domestic violence shelters, schools, churches, children’s shelters and senior centers.  This office has set a goal for themselves to raise 150lbs of food, which would provide 150 meals to local shelters and families in need.

But the local offices aren’t the only folks giving back to the community—here at our King of Prussia headquarters, we’re also making an effort to support our local food banks!  Twice a year, our corporate office collects food donations for Philabundance, a non-profit food bank serving the Philadelphia area.  Philabundance is able to distribute 30 million pounds of food annually to those in need through a variety of local shelters, food pantries, and after-school feeding programs.

Throughout the country, our AmeriGas offices are working to make the community a better place. From collecting donations for food drives to donating coats for those in need to supporting local schools and sports teams, our offices are committed supporting the communities we service.

Interested in helping AmeriGas give back?  Contact your local office to find out what donations are currently being collected.

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First Time Fryer?

Thanksgiving is a time for family, parades, football and, of course, a big feast. If you are frying up that bird this year make sure to follow these basic turkey frying safety tips.

1. Dry Before You Fry

A frozen turkey should never be placed directly into hot oil. We suggest thawing your turkey for 24 to 48 hours prior to placing it in a fryer; always hand-dry the turkey both inside and out to make sure no moisture remains. Water can cause the oil to bubble up and spill over. Getting the proper turkey size for the fryer is also important. Read your instruction manual carefully, and never get a turkey that is larger than the recommended size of the fryer.

2. High-Quality Oil Can Help Prevent Fires

Oil quality matters. When cooking, you’ll want to use a good-quality oil that has a high smoke point, such as peanut or safflower oil. When it comes to fire safety, smoke point is important. When frying at temperatures around 350°F, you want to make sure the oil isn’t easily ignitable, which could potentially start a fire. Make sure when filling the fryer, you leave plenty of room at the top to prevent accidental spills and overfilling. Remember oil inside the fryer can remain hot for several hours after being used, so make certain children and pets do not play close to or go near the fryer.

3. Always Cook Outside

When deep-frying a turkey, it’s important to keep the fryer under constant supervision to prevent fires. Always cook outside, making sure to stay off of any wooden decks or structures (and a safe distance away from them), as hot oil if spilled can result in a fire.

Also, remember to keep the fryer away from low-hanging branches or yard decor to help ensure nothing can accidentally be set aflame. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire, and always keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher on hand.

AmeriGas wants to help make sure you and your family will enjoy the holiday with a delicious meal—safely.

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Did you Know? New Water Heater Regulations are in Effect

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In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy implemented new water heater regulations.  I’m sure you’re wondering “what exactly has changed?” and “will this really affect me?”  The short answer:  A lot has changed and these new regulations are bound to affect you at some point.  But there’s no need to stress over these regulations because we’ve compiled a breakdown of the new water heater regulations and what to expect when it’s time for you to replace your water heater.

Here are some of the big changes from the new water heater regulations:

NEW REQUIREMENTS.  All of the water heaters are required to meet a new efficiency rating.

IMPROVED INSULATION. The new water heater tanks will come equipped with improved insulation.

LARGER IN SIZE. To accommodate the improved insulation, the new tanks will be approximately 2” larger in diameter than the older models

HIGHER COST. The price tags of the new tanks will be slightly higher than before, however, the new and improved performance will cost you less to operate compared to older water heaters.

If it’s the increased tank size that concerns you, keep in mind that you can always go tanklessTankless water heaters provide 222 gallons of hot water per hour and most of them already meet or exceed the efficiency standards.  If you’re looking to further your efficiency, propane is definitely the way to go.

What should you do?

Consider installing a propane water heater: Propane water heaters heat faster and provide more evenly distributed heat when compared to electric. They can also cost up to 50% less to operate. When combined with tankless water heaters, propane offers 50-60% less CO2 emissions when compared to electric tank systems.

Evaluate your current system: A plumber or home repair professional can do a full inspection of your water heater but before you call, take this short quiz to see if its time to start thinking about replacing your water heater. And don’t forget:  Experts suggest replacing your water heater every 8-12 years!

For more information on propane water heaters and how one of our energy experts can help, contact us.




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The Spirit of Giving

Giving back to the communities we service is something both UGI and AmeriGas take very seriously. That is why when UGI and AmeriGas’ corporate headquarters recently held their United Way Campaign, failure to reach our goals wasn’t an option. This annual campaign has been a tradition for almost 30 years and each year the goals get loftier and the employee involvement grows. 

This year’s campaign kicked-off on Thursday, October 1 when Jim Cawley, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), came in to speak to our leaders. Jim discussed what our local chapter of the United Way is doing, where they are headed and why they need our help. Jim’s heartfelt message resonated amongst our leadership and it was a great motivator for them to not only donate themselves but to rally their teams for the campaign and get them to donate as well. Hearing what the UWGPSNJ is currently doing and who they are helping really shed some light on why our campaign needed to be successful.

The general campaign kick-off was held when Ann O’Brien from Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC) met with all of our employees to speak about how her organization benefits from the money we raise for United Way. MELC is dedicated to providing all children, including those from low income households, the exceptional care they deserve in an environment that encourages the development needed for future success. Ann’s stories about the children her program has helped truly hit home. This coupled with the hard-core facts the United Way provided regarding what happens to children if they don’t receive the care they need really touched our employees. Hearing the truth about what is going on right in our own backyards and knowing we can help make it better really encouraged our employees to step up to the plate and donate to this year’s campaign.

With a campaign goal of 90% participation and a monetary goal of $350k, this year’s campaign was no small feat. However, this year’s United Way Committee planned an amazing week of activities to help the fundraising goal along. With events such as Office Olympics, a Lip Sync Battle and an Executive Lunch where the leaders served the meals the week was destined for success. Not only did we reach our goals but we exceeded them. The final participation number for the campaign topped 97% and employees raised more than $375k in monetary donations for the United Way. This amount will go a long way in helping the communities we not only service but live in!

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Transporting Propane Tanks? Do it Safely.

Do you know how to transport your AmeriGas Propane tank? It is always important to remember these safety tips:

Closed tight: Before you load your propane tank (new or used) into your vehicle, be certain that the valve is closed tight and place a cap or plug over the valve outlet.

Upright: AmeriGas Propane tanks are equipped with safety valves that operate properly when they are stored upright. Always transport your BBQ propane tank sitting on its base.

Secure: Even a used tank can be hazardous if it tips over and rolls around while in your vehicle. Make certain to always use a safety strap or container to secure your tank. You never know when you might have to make an abrupt stop or hard turn.

At AmeriGas safety is always our highest priority and we want to make sure all of our customers stay safe, from the time you disconnect your tank until the time you reconnect your new one.

For more information on transporting your propane tank check out our website and Facebook pages!


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Propane Pricing Series Part 2: Current Trend

Second only to maybe Thanksgiving, propane prices are on everyone’s mind this time of year. As promised, this is part two of the three-part pricing series. Here’s a quick reminder on what has been published in this series and what you can expect in the future:

Part 1: Pricing Factors (Posted 10/30) — In part 1, we looked at a number of factors which influence the price of propane and what affect those factors have had on prices in past years.

Part 2: Current Trend This second part focuses on what’s currently happening in the market and how that’s impacting prices. We’re taking a look at current production and the climate outlook for the 2015-2016 heating season; when prices and demand are most likely to fluctuate.

Part 3: Future/Long-Term Trend —This third and final section in the series will highlight pricing predictions for the next couple of years. We’ll also take a look at the global economic environment impacting propane and energy in general and forecasted energy consumption.


Production and Inventories

It is mid-November now and that means most propane inventories have been built up and are now preparing to enter the depletion period through early 2016.

As mentioned in part 1 of this series, the United States is currently producing more propane than it ever has before.  Propane production in the United States increased from 1.62 MMbpd (million barrels per day) during the week ending August 14 to 1.63 MMbpd in the week ending August 21. Compared to the same week in 2014, propane production is 4.3% higher in 2015. Overall, propane production is up 28% in 2015 compared to 2014 (Jan through Aug). Inventories in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and West Coast increased this year compared to the same time last year but inventories on the East Coast remained predominantly flat.

Stock of propane (in million barrels) by region.

As of August, demand for propane has decreased by 6.3% compared to the same month last year. A surplus of inventory coupled with low demand in 2015 (so far) should keep prices steady and may even drive them down later this winter and into the 2016 winter heating season.

U.S. propane demand as a 4 week average 2013-14 compared to 2014-15.


Winter Outlook: 2015-2016 Heating Season

Most of the country has been adjusting to a relatively warm fall season. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on the type of weather you prefer. For the skiers and down-jacket lovers, this isn’t a very good sign while those who love shorts and flip flops couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Whatever your opinion of this mild autumn, it surely is poised to have an impact on propane demand which in turn will affect its price. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a warmer than normal winter for most of the country. Some states in the Southern United States however may see temperatures slightly below normal with states in the lower Midwest to South East have an equal chance of warmer than average winter temperatures or cooler than average.


Probability of cooler or warmer than normal temperatures. Alaska and Hawaii not shown but are expected by the NOAA to have warmer than normal temperatures this winter. To see full map (including Alaska and Hawaii) click here and click on map to show full version.


With larger than normal inventories and a warmer than normal winter expected, propane  prices aren’t expected to spike this winter. Prices spiked slightly in the 2014-2015 winter season after the northeast and mid-west had a longer and wetter than expected winter.  Prices for this upcoming heating season however should stay steady.

Stay tuned for part 3 of this pricing series where we’ll look at pricing predictions for the next couple of years. We’ll also highlight the global economic environment impacting propane and energy in general and forecasted energy consumption in the years to come.



Sources: EIA, Yahoo Finance, NOAA

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Five Ways to Spice up Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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We all know there are a lot of advantages to grilling your Thanksgiving turkey:  You have additional oven space, the smokiness adds some extra flavor, and the heat is distributed more evenly.  But when it comes to grilling your Thanksgiving bird, there are more benefits than meets the eye.  Enjoying the crisp November air while hanging out by the grill adds a fun and exciting twist to the traditional Thanksgiving agenda.  But why stop there?  Keep the ball rolling by experimenting with some new turkey grilling recipes this Thanksgiving!

SPATCHCOCK TURKEY.  Spatchcocking a turkey involves removing the backbone, which allows the turkey to lay flat on the grill.  One of the major benefits associated with the spatchcock method revolves around the cook time.  Oven roasted turkeys can take over five hours to cook, whereas a spatchcocked turkey takes—on average—an hour and a half.  The spatchcock method also allows the turkey to cook more evenly, since the height of the turkey is leveled out.  The even height of a spatchcocked turkey is also ideal for marinating your Thanksgiving bird.

DRUNKEN TURKEY.  A new spin on the beer-can chicken, this drunken turkey is sure to be the star of your Thanksgiving meal.  Although this recipe is simple to prepare, your bird will be cooked to perfection.  You can expect your meat to be unbelievably juicy and bursting with spicy-sweet flavor.

BACON-WRAPPED TURKEY.  The bacon trend is thriving now more than ever.  From bacon-flavored soda to bacon-inspired apparel, it’s pretty clear our nation has become obsessed—so why not encrust your Thanksgiving turkey with everyone’s favorite meat?  Complete this showstopper with cornbread stuffing and this masterpiece is bound to be a hit at your Thanksgiving feast.

CAJUN-STYLE TURKEY.  Add a little spice to Thanksgiving this year with a Cajun-styled bird.  Inspired by good ol’ New Orleans, this Bourbon Street bird gets its flavor from a spiced butter and beer injection.  Not only does the injection add some kick to the turkey, but it also ensures the meat is left juicy.

CRANBERRY STUFFED TURKEY.  Perfect for smaller Thanksgiving feasts, these cranberry-stuffed breasts are a delicious alternative to preparing an entire Thanksgiving bird.  The meat will be perfectly moist and tender, while the cornbread stuffing adds a unique spin on traditional Thanksgiving flavor.

What’s your favorite turkey grilling recipe?  Share it with us in the comments section below!

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Thank You Veterans

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Need Some Extra Cash for Your Holiday Shopping? We can Help!


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means Black Friday is soon to follow.  To better prepare you for the largest shopping day of the year, we’re giving our customers a $100 VISA® prepaid card.  All you have to do is refer a friend to AmeriGas and both you, and your friend, get $100 VISA® prepaid card!

Here’s how it works:

1.  You refer a friend (or multiple friends) to AmeriGas.
2.  You receive a discount on your next service just for referring a friend.
3.  You receive a $100 VISA® prepaid card for each friend that becomes an AmeriGas customer.
4.  Your friend(s) will also receive a $100 VISA® prepaid card for becoming a customer!

Our referral program is really that simple!  No fees and no gimmicks.  There’s also no limit to the amount of friends you can refer, which means there’s no limit to the amount of cash you can get for referring your friends to AmeriGas!  Are you ready to make some fast cash?  Sign up today and you’ll be on the right track to becoming $100 richer!

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