Welcome to Carving Club.
The First Rule of Carving Club is you do not carve at the table.
The Second Rule of Carving Club is– YOU DO NOT CARVE AT THE TABLE.
Carving the turkey is a big deal, so please be the Thanksgiving ROCK STAR you are and carve in the kitchen. YOU DO NOT want to waste all that time brining, roasting and preparing that beautiful Thanksgiving turkey only to hack it into chunks.
The lovely scene depicted and immortalized in Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want, has given you the wrong idea. While it might seem like a great idea to carve at the dining room table in front of your admiring guests; for many reasons, it’s not. For one, it can be nerve-wracking — it’s a live performance with sharp knives in front of family and friends who will mock you at your every move. For another, the mess — if you’re not the most scrupulously skilled surgeon, the juices may stain your tablecloth, your shirt and whomever is sitting nearest to you. Lastly, from a culinary perspective, it’s the wrong way to slice turkey — slicing the meat while still on the bone forces you to cut with the grain of the meat rather than against it (and we all know that’s a culinary cardinal sin). And if you look closely at the painting, the turkey is being presented and appreciated… not carved.
You can still have that Norman Rockwell moment by bringing out your beautiful bird and presenting it to your guests — just do it before whisking it back to the kitchen to carve following the steps below. Good luck – we know you’ll be great!
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