The Culinary Institute Of America How To Carve A Turkey
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[Brendan Walsh ’80 (Dean-Culinary Education, The Culinary Institute of America):] Source: LYBIO.net
Hello everyone, my name is Brendan Walsh, I’m the Dean of Culinary Education at The Culinary Institute of America. And I’m here to help you today to carve your turkey for Thanksgiving.
This bird here was roasted and allowed to rest for at least 30 minutes. That keeps it from when you carve it from all of the juices running away from you.
So what I’m going to do right now is I’m going to show you just simply how to take a whole bird and break it down so that you can carve it quickly and efficiently, after you’ve allowed it to rest for a little bit. We see that we have the two legs on this side and we have this little separation mark here, which are where the joints are. And here is the breast.
So this is the prime meat what’s – what they would say. And what we’re trying to do when we carve it is keep all of this crispy skin on this bird as best that we possibly can.
So what we’re going to do is we’re going to start off by going right to these joints and working our sharp knife down the skin on both sides of those joints. And what you’ll see, you’re going to pullback slightly. And as you pull back on the bird you’re going to see there’s natural separation here, which guides you along this process. Okay, so you just run your knife. And what you’re going to do is you’re going to expose the joint. That is right here. And you’re able to just push up on that joint and you’ll expose it and run your knife around it. And now you have the leg off, so simple and ready to go.
Now what I do is I take And I look at this. And there’s a little trick that chefs like to use where they take out the back and they remove the wishbone, but when you’re in the kitchen you’re trying to serve your family. It’s just as easy for you just to go right down. This is the keel bone run your knife down the keel bone slightly separating with your thumb, just move your thumb and start looking at where the breast and the keel bone are and running your knife along that breast bone. And along the backbone, which is the little wishbone, which some chefs remove ahead of time. So I’m going to take this breast off nice and clean, keeping the skin intact and running it right down till I see again the joint where the wing is. And here I have the breast removed.
And I left these wings on because it stabilizes the bird when you’re carving it. So it acts like a little kind of anchor to keep the bird from moving around when you’re cutting and it becoming a little bit dangerous. So now I had the wing, some people like to eat them. There’s a natural separation that occurs where the joints are. You can see it. And you take the wing generally use these for stocks. And then I know my kids love to eat these. So we’ve put those on the table and they munch away at them. So it’s cooked so well that really if you just tug on it a little bit. You can see where those – the joints are and it’s very easy just to put your knife right in there and to cut that out.
[Brendan Walsh:] Source: LYBIO.net
So now this is going to become your turkey stock and also I [will] take that little wing out because I’m in the kitchen doing all the work. So I take this nice chunk of meat that comes off of where the wishbone is and you eat it, delicious.
So we’ll take a leg and if we look at it from this side if you try to cut it from this side [it’s] very difficult to know where that joint is. So what chefs do is they turn it over and you’ll see there’s a natural little separation is a little line that shows you where that joint separation is, you just bend it back a little bit you’ll see it, your knife goes through it really simply.
There is the drumstick. And there is your thigh which is a beautiful cut which everybody loves because it has a little bit of extra fat in there. And what I’m going to do is run my knife from one side of the bone to the other side of the bone just gently removing that bone to make it boneless, there we go. That comes out all this could be a great stock, which could be a great soup. And now let’s take the breast and show you how to slice it up.
So now that you have this all set up. It’s simply the grain of the meat goes this way. So you want to slice against the grain, which makes it a little bit more tender, and you just cut even slices, trying to keep that skin on there as best you possibly can and keep it as crisp as possible.
So once this is all done and you’re concerned; well is my meat going to be hot enough when it gets to the table?
Well the beauty of this is you could pop this into the oven just for a minute or two, just put it in a hot oven for a minute or two and what’ll happen is you’ll warm it up just enough and you won’t make it dry.
The thing about dry turkey is, it was what I was talking to you about earlier, where if you don’t allow the bird to rest. All that moisture just runs off all over on your cutting board I’m sure you’ve all experience that.
So what you want to do is make sure the bird rests and if you’ll notice my board isn’t saturated with liquid. Because I’ve allowed that birds to rest. Then you have this beautiful breast all sliced ready to go. You want to warm it up a little bit, you just pop it in the oven real quick right before you serve it. Now you don’t have that fear, which many people do, is that I baked this beautiful bird but its ice cold when it gets to the table.
Now on the thigh you’ve boned it out. So now you can just slice, nice slices.
[Brendan Walsh:] Source: LYBIO.net
Oh, you’re all set. And you’ll end up with this beautiful display of dark meat, drumstick and breast, which is going to be served hot, beautifully moist and ready to go for your Thanksgiving meal.
Again I’m Brendan Walsh, The Culinary Institute of America. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.
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