If the duty of carving the turkey falls on your plate this Thanksgiving, here are some tricks to tackle the messy task. NY1’s Home reporter Jill Scott filed the following report.
It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. There may be more than one way to skin and carve a turkey, but Jim Zola of Whole Foods Market showed NY1 a proper method.
Carvers need a cutting board, a good sharp knife and a large fork.
“So you want to take your knife and if the turkey legs are attached here [with string], you want to split through here and pull the legs apart,” says Zola. “Now we are going to cut in between the leg and the breast and push down gently. It’s going to hold the turkey from falling over.”
Once both legs are pushed down, find the breast bone.
“And then gently cut down into the meat keeping the knife close to the breast bone and pulling the meat away from the turkey,” says Zola.
The meat should easily come off. Place the turkey breast aside.
Next, it’s time to remove the legs. Follow the meat down until you see the joint.
“If you look down into the leg here, you will see the joint right there,” says Zola, pointing at a white circle of bone nestled between flesh. “You want to cut between there, with the knife, cut down through the joint and there's your leg.”
Look for the line between the leg and the thigh. Cut straight down and separate the drumstick and thigh.
“So here's our thigh with the bone,” says Zola. “Some people like to keep the whole piece or if you want to cut it into slices you can do that. So we are going to remove the bone and you can just cut around the bone and the bone will pull right out.”
Treat wings like legs - cut into the joint and remove the wing. Then there’s just one last step.
“The most important part - everyone wants the wishbone,” says Zola. “So just cut down into the point on the breast bone and pull it up - and viola - the wishbone!”
Slice the remaining pieces. Look to see which way the grain goes and slice across it.
The pieces can be placed on a platter, so family and friends can gobble it right up.