The folks over at HolidayKitchen.tv sent me a video providing step-by-step instructions for carving a turkey. I'll admit that I usually just slice the turkey any old way I can get it to work, so it's nice to know there are some tips available that provide just the right amount of guidance to make the eating the traditional Thanksgiving turkey just little bit easier this year.
From their website:
1. After roasting, cover the turkey with foil and let it stand for 15 minutes.
2. Transfer the bird to your largest cutting surface.
3. With a sharp, thin-bladed carving knife, find the place where the thighbone meets the body. By cutting between the joints, and not through bones, you can disconnect the bones without much fuss.
4. Pull the thigh away from the bird and slip your knife into the joint to separate the thigh from body.
5. Wiggle the drumstick to locate the joint that separates the drumstick from the thigh. Using the same technique, cut through the joint, not the bone.
6. Next use your knife to find where the wing and body connect. Slip your knife into the joint to separate wing from body on each side.
7. Now remove the breast, by cutting down the center of the bird on one side of the bone and the breast will come off in one piece.
8. Carve the breast into thin slices.
9. Repeat with the other side of the breast.
They also have a DVD available.
We plan to deep fry our turkey again this year after brining overnight in a salt and honey solution. It's become our favorite turkey recipe. I'll take a fried turkey over and oven baked turkey every time.