Want to know how to carve a turkey? If you need to sharpen your carving skills for Thanksgiving, then these steps will be of great help.
There’s no doubt, that during Thanksgiving you’ll need to have the most beautiful presentation of your turkey. Yes, a whole roasted turkey is pleasing to the eye, but once your guests dig into a whole roasted turkey, your presentation is ruin. Learn how to carve your turkey perfectly and get the most of your meat!
Learn How To Carve A Turkey
When it comes to carving a turkey for Thanksgiving, guaranteed, it’s always going to be my husband’s responsibility. It’s always been how it is for years now and I don’t really plan on changing that tradition. But lately I’ve been thinking, isn’t homesteading all about being self-sufficient and knowing how to do things on our own—turkey carving included? So if you’ve never done it before and would want to find out how, like me, then this how to carve a turkey step-by-step is for us!
What you’ll need for turkey carving:
- sharp knife
- cooked turkey
- serving plate
- chopping board
Step 1: Let Your Roasted Turkey Rest
Let your turkey rest for about 30 minutes. This will help prevent the juices from coming out when you start carving and make clean-up much easier.
Step 2: Start With The Dark Meat
Start with the dark meat first. You should be able to notice a natural line going through the leg of the turkey. This is where the joints meet, slide your knife through it.
Step 3: Give The Leg A Little Pull
You’ll be able to see the connection in the joints, making it easier to cut the thigh with your knife. Do this to the other leg too.
Step 4: Start Carving The Breast
Set the legs and thighs aside and start carving the breast. Slice down the kill bone slightly separating the meat with your thumb. Check where the breast is connected, then slide your knife gently to separate it from the breast bone. Do the same on the other side.
Step 5: Cut Off The Wings
Time to cut off the wings. It’s better to do this last since leaving it on while carving the rest of the turkey makes it more stable.
Step 6: Cut The Wing Tips
Since you’re done with the wings, cut the wing tips by following the joints. If your turkey is cooked very well, it should even come off with a little tug.
Step 7: Turkey Stock
Now that you have all the prime meat carved, the rest will be your turkey stock. You can use it for soup and whatever turkey leftover recipe you can think of!
Step 8: Separate The Thigh From The Leg
On separating the thigh from the leg, it would be easier to turn it over so you can see where the joint is. Once you see it, just follow and cut it there. You can also bend it back a little bit to make it simpler. And you have your drumstick!
Step 9: Debone The Thigh
Time to debone the thigh! Start by running your knife on one side of the bone, then the other. After that, you can remove the bone and slice the meat.
Step 10: Slicing The Breast
Let’s go back to the breast. When slicing, slice against the grain making every cut even. Also, try to keep the skin intact as much as possible, everybody loves that.
Want to see the video on how to carve a turkey? Check out this video from The Culinary Institute of America:
And that’s how you carve a turkey. If you’re concerned about serving a cold turkey (haha!), you can put it in the oven for about a minute or two to make sure you serve your family and friends a delicious warm turkey.
Want to how to perfectly cook a turkey? Check it out here.
What do you think of these steps on how to carve a turkey? Will you give it a try? Let me know in the comments below.
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