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How to Carve a Thanksgiving Turkey

You spent several hours baking your turkey, and now it's finally done. You're worried. You don't know how to carve it so that you get the maximum meat from the bones and serve it so it still looks appealing. Don't sweat it. Here are some tips to help you carve the turkey in a way that preserves the texture and flavor.

  • You have to start with good tools, like a sharp, thin-bladed carving knife. If yours is dull, get it sharpened before the grand day.
  • To start, run your knife along the bottom of the turkey and find where the thigh bones meet the body. Place the knife in the joint and separate the thigh from the rest of the body on each side.
  • Repeat this procedure to separate the drumstick from the thigh. Don't cut thru the bone. Just the joint.
  • Separate the meat from the thigh and the drumstick. Try to get as much of the meat in one piece as you can.
  • Cut the thigh and leg meat into thin slices and layer on a separate plate.
  • Now find where the wings and the body connect. Slip your knife into the joint and separate the wings from the body on each side.
  • Cutting parallel to the breast, carve thin slices off one side of the breast. Layer these on the plate in a "fan-like" design.
  • Repeat with the other side of the breast.

Tips:

  • Cover the turkey with foil and let it stand for 15 minutes if you plan to carve it right away after it comes out of the oven.
  • Cut the dark meat first. It will stay moist for a longer period of time than the light meat.
  • The key to finding the places to cut is to run your knife along the side until you find the places where the bones meet. You can disconnect the bones easily if you only cut between the joints (not through the bones).
  • To keep the meat hotter longer, heat your plate in the microwave for 1 minute before placing meat on it.
  • Use the skin from the turkey to cover the meat you will serve. This helps to keep it warm and moist. I, myself, prefer my meat dry, but to each his own. Be sure to discard the skin before serving the platter.
  • You can also remove the wishbone before roasting. Locate the wishbone in the neck cavity. Using a small paring knife, scrape the meat away from the "wings" of the wishbone, then twist it and it should come out easily.

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