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You can always achieve great results by carving the bird first before you place the turkey on the plate. We show you each step here. Alternatively, scroll to the bottom of the feature for tips and step on how to carve a turkey at the table.
The first step you need to do in carving a turkey is remove the wing. If your bird has been resting, the turkey should release easily from the body. You may also be able cut into the joint at its junction to the carcass.
The next step is to cut the leg bones where they meet with the body.
For complete breast meat, you will need to feel the turkey’s backbone. Place the breast meat of the turkey on a plate or cutting board.
You can take the breasts meat of the turkey from the opposite side and place the breasts meat of the turkey in one piece.
Spread all the pieces of turkey on a platter.
Make sure to turn the carcass so you can remove all dark meat of the turkey.
Ray Venezia – Master Butcher and Fairway Meat Consultant – Shows You How to Carve a Turkey
Ray Venezia – Fairway Market Master Butcher and consultant in meat, shows you how to carve your turkey. Credit Credit… Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times By The New York Times In 2007, The Times asked Ray Venezia, a butcher and then the head of the meat department at Fairway Market, to demonstrate how to carve a Thanksgiving turkey.
Readers who watched the video before carving their own birds have sworn by his method removing the legs and thighs whole, followed by the breasts meat of the turkey, and then slicing them (not too thin) to serve.
Here are Step-By–Step Pictures of How to Carve a Turkey
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Our team asked Adam Gabriel at Baltimore’s Heritage Smokehouse for his advice on carving a turkey. Are you ready to get started?
Carving Turkey: The Serious Eats Guide
This page contains step-by-step images and videos that show how to carve a roast turkey.
You’ve successfully followed our turkey recipe and now you have your golden bird. So now, what’s the next step? Now what? Your roasting method will affect the instructions you use for carving the turkey. Questions about other turkeys? Get answers by clicking here.
Traditional Roast Turkey: How to Carve the turkey. There’s one step that takes place before you roast the turkey, so start with the turkey raw.
The wishbone is the small, Y-shaped bony structure that runs across the tops of the turkey breast halves.
Make the first incision along the outside edge of one branch of the Y.
Then repeat that cut on the other side of the same branch, and repeat those two cuts on the other side. Last, you will need to make a small horizontal cut where the bones meet.
Hold the top end of the bone in your fingers and push it towards the ground. It will usually come out easily. If it’s stuck, use the tip of a sharp boning knife to cut through stubborn spots of the turkey.