Learning how to carve a turkey breast is a skill that is needed not only at Thanksgiving or Christmas but any time you are carving poultry. Follow these easy instructions for turkey breast carving success. The same skills on how to carve a turkey breast can be applied to chicken, duck and other poultry.
How To Carve A Turkey Breast
You have successfully transferred your bird to your serving platter. This one happens to have a slight lip on it in case there are any juices that want to run out. Speaking of juices running…you want to be sure to let the bird rest for at least 15 minutes to let the juices calm down a bit and redistribute back into the bird. If you were to puncture the bird or cut off a piece as soon as it came out of the oven you will have all your yummy juices on the serving platter and not in your meat.
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- Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Brine Dry Mix Recipe
- How To Easily and Safely Thaw a Frozen Thanksgiving Turkey
Carving A Turkey Breast
Now it is time to carve!
Run your knife along side of the breast bone. Some people prefer a serrated knife but have a sharp chef knife that I like to use. The choice is up to you.
If you are using a chef knife use long even strokes. If you are using a serrated knife use a sawing motion. I would not be using an electric knife. In my opinion they just shred up the meat.
Follow the bone all the way to the serving plate.
Bring your knife around to the front and connect where you started carving at the top of the breast bone. Cut down the ribs.
Follow it around and down to the bottom to connect to the bottom of the first breast bone cut.
Now pull the meat away from the carcass.
Pull and cut away the meat as needed. It should basically fall off at this point. There will be bits and pieces that will still be connected but those can be separated with a quick knife stroke.
You did it!
Now do the same thing on the other side of the bird.
The extra bits of meat can be pulled off and served or just leave it on there till you clean the rest of the carcaus after the meal.
Now slice for serving. I like to slice against the grain of the meat.
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How To Carve A Turkey Breast
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