Chapter 9. Carving the Bird
- Rule #14: Make sure your carving knife is sharp.
Sharpen with a steel or electric sharpener, whetstone or other sharpening gadget. You are more likely to cut yourself using a dull knife than a sharp one.
Turkey Tip: Use a long-two pronged carving fork
to hold the bird steady as you cut.
Basic Carving steps
- Step 1: Removing the thigh, drumstick &
- hold the drumstick and pull it away from the body;
- slice through the skin to the joint where the leg meets the
- cut through the joint, pressing the leg away from the body with
the side of the knife
- when the leg is freed, cut through the drumstick-thigh
- if desired, cut these pieces into slices, running the knife
parallel to the bone.
- to cut the wings off, follow the same type of procedures,
always cutting through the joint
- Step 2: Carving the breast
- make a long slit across the base of the breast, parallel to the
wing, all the way to the rib cage
- cut thin slices vertically across the beast; if done properly,
the horizontal cut you made at the base will allow these slices to
fall off gently as you progress through the breast.
More about Carving a Roast Chicken or Turkey with Photos
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Tips Before Cooking
Buying a Turkey
- What size turkey should I buy?
- Is it better to buy one large turkey or two small ones?
- Should I buy fresh or frozen?
- What about turkeys that have been injected with fats and
- What about turkey parts and frozen stuffed turkeys?
Storing an Uncooked Turkey
- How long can a whole turkey be kept frozen?
- How long can a fresh turkey be kept refrigerated?
Thawing a Frozen Turkey
- Thawing Rules
- Thawing Methods
- Turkey Thawing Charts
Stuffing (or Not Stuffing) a Turkey
- Is it best to cook the stuffing inside the bird, or separately
in a baking dish?
- If I do want to stuff the bird, what's the best way to do
- How much stuffing do I need?
- Do I need to close up the cavity after it has been
Preparing the Turkey for Roasting
- Preparations Step-by-Step
- Stuffing & Trussing
- Do I need to truss the bird's legs, or can I just roast it the
Roasting the Turkey
- Roasting Step-by-Step
- How do I keep the breast meat moist when cooking?
Chapter 7. How
to Tell When It's Done
- Use a Meat Thermometer
- My turkey comes with a plastic pop-up timer. Can't I use that
- How accurate are "recommended cooking times"?
- How can I tell when the turkey is done?
- USDA Timetable for Turkey Roasted at 325 degrees F.
Making the Gravy
- Rules for Making Gravy
- Making the Basic Gravy
- Additions to Gravy
Carving the Bird
- Basic Carving steps
- Removing the Thigh, Drumstick & Wings
- Carving the breast
Storing Leftovers & Food Safety After
- Storing leftovers
- Reheating leftovers
Perfect Turkey Handbook
Using a Meat Thermometer
All About Knives and Carving
This page modified November 2006