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Our Most Common Cooking Mistakes #38

Posted by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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How to Avoid a Sloppy Turkey Carving

Photo: John Autry 

38. The Turkey Hack Job

Result: Your turkey platter resembles a crime scene.

On turkey day, it's your well-earned right to parade that magnificent roasted bird around the dining room. But carving is best done where there's elbow room and a large, stable cutting surface. You'll need a well-honed knife; have it professionally sharpened before the big day.

Now, as the pros say, "break" the bird down in the right order (this is where many cooks go wrong—trying to slice meat directly off a big, hot bird). Leg quarters come off first, then breast meat, with the tucked-under wings serving to stabilize as you cut. Set the big pieces onto a cutting board where you can deal with them properly.

Take the breast meat off the bone in one piece, then slice crosswise, which ensures uniformity and allows for slightly thicker slices that are juicier and less fibrous than thin portions. Cut the thigh meat into large chunks. Reserve room on the platter for legs if you have a Henry VIII in the family.

Oh, and remember—in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, you can always practice your technique on a nice roasted chicken: same configuration of bird parts, no game-day pressure.

by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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Shani527
by Shannon on Apr. 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

This will have to be brought back up for thanksgiving. lol good tips though. I usually dont care. I just hack away. lol

Family4Eternity
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM

 Guilty of a hack job. lol Although nobody seems to mind.

Leelee1008
by Member on Apr. 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

LOL yeah ours kinda looks like a crime scene, but then again Idont care about that Im just ready to eat some turkey lol.

MamaMandee
by Bronze Member on Apr. 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

LOL and that is why Hubby cuts it and not me!

starreyedcutie
by Member on Apr. 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM
Hahaha

Quoting MamaMandee:

LOL and that is why Hubby cuts it and not me!

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AmosFarkle
by on Apr. 28, 2012 at 7:51 AM

I think my problem is I try to cut it when its too hot.

Jerichos_Mommy
by Malena on Apr. 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Mine is somewhere in beteewn

Stevied13
by Steph on Apr. 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM
Mine has been a crime scene before.
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Noni2319
by Chrissy on Apr. 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Yeah, it's not pretty.
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