How to Carve a Turkey - Follow the tips and mini tutorial to get great results and impress all your friends and family

How to Carve a Turkey - Follow the tips and mini tutorial to get great results and impress all your friends and family | Lovefoodies.com

I love carving meat!

There are some main tips you need to make sure of before carving, which you will see in the video, one of the most important being to let the meat rest first. 30 - 60 minutes resting time for a large turkey, keep covered in foil, should be perfect.

That way, the juices will keep the bird moist and the meat will be nice and tender to carve. If you try and carve a turkey when it's too hot, the meat will fall apart and it will get messy!

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You can of course follow this guide for carving chicken too.

How to Carve a Turkey - Follow the tips and mini tutorial to get great results and impress all your friends and family | Lovefoodies.com

Instructions

  1. To remove the leg from the carcass, loosen it a little at the thigh socket with your hands, then carve into the natural joint – cutting through the socket of the bone.
  2. To split the drumstick and the thigh, again loosen then carve into the socket of the bone.
  3. To cut the breast meat, cut off the wing tip then make a horizontal incision underneath the breast towards the body of the bird.
  4. Then carve slices of meat in a downwards direction from the breast.
  5. Repeat the process on the other side.
  6. Alternatively, remove the breast altogether by making a horizontal incision under the breast, then cutting off the meat in one piece.
  7. Put the breast on the chopping board, then cut across the breast. This is an easier way as it goes along the grain of the meat and gives a smooth slice.
  8. Remove the wings in the same way as the leg, cutting through the socket where it attaches to the carcass.
  9. Place the carved meat on a serving plate.
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Here's a great little video you can watch for some of the techniques to carve nicely.

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How to Carve a Turkey - Follow the tips and mini tutorial to get great results and impress all your friends and family | Lovefoodies.com

How to Carve a Turkey

Yield: 10 - 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

How to Carve a Turkey - Follow the tips and mini tutorial to get great results and impress all your friends and family

Ingredients

  • 10 lb Turkey

Instructions

    1. To remove the leg from the carcass, loosen it a little at the thigh socket with your hands, then carve into the natural joint – cutting through the socket of the bone.

    2. To split the drumstick and the thigh, again loosen then carve into the socket of the bone.

    3. To cut the breast meat, cut off the wing tip then make a horizontal incision underneath the breast towards the body of the bird.

    4. Then carve slices of meat in a downwards direction from the breast.

    5. Repeat the process on the other side.

    6. Alternatively, remove the breast altogether by making a horizontal incision under the breast, then cutting off the meat in one piece.

    7. Put the breast on the chopping board, then cut across the breast. This is an easier way as it goes along the grain of the meat and gives a smooth slice.

    8. Remove the wings in the same way as the leg, cutting through the socket where it attaches to the carcass.

    9. Place the carved meat on a serving plate.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 10 Lb turkey
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8573Total Fat: 335gSaturated Fat: 98gTrans Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 216gCholesterol: 4944mgSodium: 4672mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1295g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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