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How To Carve a Turkey

Updated on November 5, 2014

How To Carve a Turkey Easily and Stress Free

Does the thought of having to carve a beautifully browned holiday turkey for your guests make you want to run and hide?

Do you often turn over the turkey carving task to one of your guests, because you don't know where to start?

Relax! Carving a turkey is really super simple. All you really need is a high quality, sharp carving knife set and the carving tips that you'll find on this page.

By the time you've watched the videos and read the tips you'll be able to master the art of turkey carving.

Turkey Carving Tip #1

Once your turkey is fully cooked let it rest in it's pan for 15-20 minutes.

This will allow the juices to settle and will make carving the meat easier and will less crumbling.

Turkey Carving Step By Step Video

Even if you have never carved a turkey before, you'll become a pro after watching and picking up some professional chef tips.

Tip # 2

Use the sharpest carving knife that you have.

This will make it much easier to cut thin even slices.

A Good Carving Knife Set Will Make Carving Easier and Neater

When you carve your turkey does it slice easily and cleanly or do is have a crumbly texture?

If if doesn't slice neatly then there is a good chance that the knife that you are using is not sharp enough.

A good carving knife should almost melt through your turkey.

How To (and Not To) Carve a Turkey Video Lesson

Are you making these turkey carving mistakes?

If so then you are working harder than you need to and you are also making a mess of dinner.

While cooking and carving a turkey is super easy, if you don't know the right way to do it, you'll pick up a few bad habits which can spoil that picture perfect meal.

Tip # 3

When allowing your cooked turkey to rest before carving, cover with aluminum foil.

This keeps the meat at a more even temperature, stopping the skin from cooling off too quickly, and keeping the meat moist.

How to Carve Your Turkey - Another Video Look

There is more than 1 way to skin a... well carve a turkey.

Here is a different way to do it.

Tip # 4

By cooking your turkey stuffing in a separate dish instead of inside the turkey, you will make less of a mess when carving.

Just for fun - Visit the Turkey Testicle Festival in Huntley, IL - Yep it's a real festival

In the Rocky Mountains we have the Rocky Mountain Oyster festival, which is similar in the type of food they offer but instead of turkey the delicacy is from a steer.

Prefer to Use an Electric Carving Knife

Using an electric carving knife is a quick 'n easy way to neatly carve your turkey.

As with using a regular carving knife, be sure to let the turkey rest before carving it. This will make your slices neater and you'll be able to cut them thinner.

An electric carving knife is also a great gift for someone with arthritis and doesn't want to give up being the turkey carver in the house.

Tip # 5

If you plan on using an electric carving knife remember that you will still need a standard knife to remove the legs and wings as you must work around a bone.

An electric knife works best just on the breast meat or meat that has been take off of the bone.

Tip # 6

Always remember that if you carve your turkey in the kitchen, your guests won't see if you hesitate or make a mistake.

Just be sure to make the serving plate look appetizing & your guests will be impressed.

Do you have any turkey stories that you'd like to share with us?

Will you be carving your first turkey or are you a pro at it?

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    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I always carve. I use an electric carver - it's much quicker and easier

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      8 years ago

      never knew how to cut up that bird! thanks---you are making me hungry...

    • blujeanmomma profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Thank you for the blessing.

    • pkmcruk profile image


      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really Fantastic Christmas Lens and Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)


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