How To Carve A Turkey Like A Pro: Holiday Tutorial

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September 26, 2023 / Comments (5)

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Want to learn how to carve a turkey for Thanksgiving? Learn how to carve a turkey like a pro in this tutorial!

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Carve a Turkey Like an Expert This Thanksgiving

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How to Carve a Turkey the Right Way

When it comes to carving the Thanksgiving turkey, guaranteed, it’s always going to be my husband’s responsibility.

It’s always been how it is for years now, and I don’t really plan on changing that tradition. But it somehow made me think, isn’t part of homesteading and being self-sufficient knowing how to carve a turkey the right way?

What You’ll Need:

  • sharp knife
  • cooked turkey
  • serving plate
  • chopping board

Step 1: Let It Rest

Let your turkey rest for about 30 minutes. This will help prevent the juices from coming out when you start carving, and it will make the clean-up process much easier.

Step 2: Slice the Dark Meat

Start with the dark meat first. You should be able to notice a natural line going through the leg of the turkey.

What is dark meat? It's a part of the meat, such as poultry, that is darker than the others because of the high presence of certain proteins. These are usually legs and thighs.

This is where the joints meet. Slide your knife through it.

Step 3: Pull on the Legs

Give the leg a little pull. You’ll be able to see the connection in the joints making it easier to cut the thigh with your knife.

Repeat this process on the other leg too.

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Step 4: Start Carving the Breast

Set the legs and thighs aside and start carving the breast. Slice down the kill bone slightly separating the meat with your thumb.

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Check where the breast connects, then slide your knife gently to separate it from the breast bone. Do the same on the other side.

Step 5: Cut Off the Wings

Time to cut off the wings. It’s better to do this last since leaving it on while carving the rest of the turkey makes it more stable.

Step 6: Cut the Wing Tips

After cutting the wings, cut the wing tips by following the joints. The wing tips will come off with a little tug if it's cooked very well.

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How To Carve A Turkey Like A Pro: Holiday Tutorial

Now, you know your way to carving a Thanksgiving turkey. Wherever you find yourself on a holiday, you can lend a helping hand, rise to the occasion, and showcase your turkey-carving skills!

How's your turkey-carving skill? Tell us all about it in the comment sections below! 


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 7, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy. 

5 Responses to :
How To Carve A Turkey Like A Pro: Holiday Tutorial

  1. I can’t read your articles. There are 6 “share” boxes on the left covering the words. They also cover the “Notify me of new comments via email. This is too much trouble. I’m going on youtube for the info. Thanks anyway and happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree! These bullshit share boxes are not needed

  3. MG PERLROTH says:

    Thank you for the Turkey article.




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