How To Carve A Turkey

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When it comes to carving the turkey, I am all about speed.  I want to get it done, get it served and eat it while it’s hot.  My preferred method of carving is to break the entire turkey down, then carve the white meat and dark meat.

How To Carve A Turkey

The first step in carving success… Sharpen your carving knife or chefs knife and grab some tongs or insulated gloves.

  • If You Truss Your Turkey or Tie The Legs 

    • Place turkey on a cutting board
    • Carefully cut the string and remove from all part of the turkey
    • Throw string away so it doesn’t find its way into anything
  • Breaking Down The Turkey

    • Separating and Carving the Leg / Thigh
      • Carefully cut thru the skin between the breast and legs
      • Carefully push down on the leg/thigh to help dislocate the hip joint
      • Cut thru the join to remove the leg/thigh
      • Using tongs or insulated gloves, Slice the meat or using insulated gloves, pull the meat off the bones
      • Place onto serving platter and cover to keep warm
      • Repeat this process for the other leg/thigh
  • Separating and Carving the Breast

    • Find the breast bone and identify one side of it
    • Carefully slice thru the breast and down to the rib cage
    • Using tongs or insulated gloves, pull the breast slightly away from the center and using your carving knife follow the curve of the rib cage to remove the breast / wing
    • When you hit the wing joint, carefully cut thru the joint to fully remove the breast/wing
    • Slice the meat, be sure to carve against the grain
    • Place onto serving platter and cover to keep warm
    • Repeat this process for the other breast/wing

Published on 10/10/2022.
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