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Old Nov 23, 2012, 6:28 am   #1
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Turkey Carving made easy.

Carving made easy
for turkey or chickens.


1. NEVER USE A DULL KNIFE!

Use a sharp chefs knife, carving knife or even a sharp boning or fillet knife. If you don't know how to sharpen a knife properly,
have a knife hobbyist or professional do it for you. You won't be sorry.

2. NEVER USE SERRATED or ELECTRIC KNIVES! Looks bad and they tear the meat with little tiny bits all over. ICKY!




BEFORE COOKING

Brine if you can.
If not, don't worry about it. It'll still be good, but you have to watch cooking much closer to avoid dryness.

3. Remove the Wishbone before cooking, You can also do it after cooking, if you remember, the same way.
See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WujRvvnJDc



AFTER COOKING

4. REST THE BIRD, out of the oven, 30 minutes or so, by tenting foil over bird
(DON'T WRAP bird in foil! - Just gently & loosely tent /^\ ).

5. Remove legs and thighs portions in one piece from each side.
Slice through skin and pull leg & thigh away until joint pops. Cut through joint & remove from bird.

6. Separate drumsticks from thighs by finding joint and cutting through it.

7. De-bone thigh and cut slices across the grain. (every slice has some skin)

8. Leave drumstick whole, or hold by end and cut off meat outside of tendons. Slice this across the grain same as thigh.

9. Remove Breast in halves. Carve along the side of keel bone gently and follow rib cage out as you go.
Breast comes off all in one piece. Repeat on other side of breast.
Slice Breast, starting at small end to large end across the grain. Each slice will have some skin.

10. Remove wings by slicing down and pulling wing out until you "pop" the joint. Cut through joint and remove.
cut off the wing tips for stock. Cut wings at next joint. Leave whole for wing lovers. They can fight over them.

11. You can remove by hand, the left over meat from carcass for sandwiches, or just use it with the bones for stock.

12. You can cut the back from the ribs and place it skin side up for people to pick at if you like. Save the bones for stock pot.


Here are some related video's to watch. They sure helped me, and I'm a dunce!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAe7-GpV98E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d739zXtd8XQ


Just go to You-Tube and search, "turkey carving" or "carving turkey". You'll find lot's of videos. Pick your favorite way & learn it.

The main things to remember is:
Remove pieces in sections and then slice ACROSS the grain. Keeps it tender to fork.

And most important, is to have a SHARP KNIFE!


I know... I know.... too late to help anyone this year, but there's always next year.
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We had a wonderful dinner with my kids at my daughter Loretta's home yesterday.
She ask me if I wanted to carve the turkey. I declined and said it was her hubby's job.
I felt ashamed for that afterward.

I declined, because I suspected her knives were butter knife sharp. I hadn't got a hold of them yet to sharpen.
I WILL get her knives to sharpen for them now. That chefs knife was pretty sad shape.

Poor Steve tried to carve, but with everyone watching, making him nervous, & not know how to do it, plus the dull knife, he was very embarrassed. I wished I had accepted the carving even if it made me look bad too.

That made me think a bit. I used to be just like Steve when it came to carving.

Then thinking some more... I thought there must be a lot of people just like Steve & I, on the board here too.
So I decided to attempt to explain turkey carving best as I can and give some links.

Hope this post helps at least one person next time.

And Steve...? My heartfelt apology to you, for putting on the spot.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 4:07 am   #2
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Re: Turkey Carving made easy.

It's not too late!
These tips will come in handy for that Christmas Turkey!
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Old Nov 16, 2014, 12:50 pm   #3
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Re: Turkey Carving made easy.

I'm bumping this thread as there will be a lot of turkey-carving in a week and a half!
As for resting the bird, I saw one chef on tv say to rest it for 2 hrs wrapped in foil, as the foil will keep it warm. Another chef said 45 min with foil over the bird like a tent. I think it depends on the size of the bird (rest a bigger bird longer?) and the foil should be over the bird like a tent.
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Re: Turkey Carving made easy.

Time to start thinking about turkey carving, so I'm bumping this thread.
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