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How to carve a turkey like a pro

No need to be a professional chef to do this, but here are our steps to carve a turkey like you are one.

By Today's Parent

How to carve a turkey like a pro

5 easy steps to carving a turkey

Sip your wine

Let your turkey sit at room temperature for 20 minutes so the meat stays juicy. Place the bird on a large cutting board. Cut and remove string.

How to carve a turkey like a proIllustration: Alex Mathers

Start with the legs

Hold the turkey steady with your hand—a carving fork doesn’t provide the same grip. To remove drumsticks, place a chef’s knife against the thigh and cut down to the leg’s second joint. Twist the knife to sever the drumstick. Slice the thigh meat parallel to the thigh bone and transfer meat to the platter. Repeat with other leg.

How to carve a turkey like a proIllustration: Alex Mathers

Next, cut the wings

Insert the knifepoint at the first wing joint, and then twist to separate the wing. Repeat on the other side.

How to carve a turkey like a proIllustration: Alex Mathers

Spoon out the good stuff

Slice open the neck cavity. Scoop out the stuffing with a long-handled spoon and place in a serving bowl.

How to carve a turkey like a proIllustration: Alex Mathers

Slice the white meat

Cut from the neck end to the tail end of the breast, right beside the breastbone. Then angle the knife and run it alongside the rib cage. Slice the meat crosswise so there is a piece of skin with each slice. 

How to carve a turkey like a proIllustration: Alex Mathers

 A version of this article appeared in our December 2015 issue with the headline, “Carve a turkey like a pro” p. 73.

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