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How to carve a turkey the safe and elegant way

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Learn how to carve up that bird like a pro

One of the most common reasons people end up at the ER on Thanksgiving day is for cuts -- for real. Make sure you're not one of those people. You want to be the proud cook who presents a platter of beautifully sliced turkey for everyone to enjoy. And we're here to help you through that.

We recommend using a good, sharp carving knife and a boning knife rather than an electric knife. This will give you more control and protect the texture of your meat better. Set that bird on a cutting board with wells to capture the juices you release while cutting.

More: The dos and don'ts of carving a turkey — 9 tips for the perfect bird

Now... where do you get started? Here's your turkey carving plan.

Learn how to carve up that bird like a pro
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To separate a joint, first cut the skin around it, then grasp the pieces firmly, and pull until you hear the joint pop. Then, using a carving knife, cut through just the tendons connecting the joint. You don't need to cut through bone to remove the legs and wings from a turkey.

More: 10 Ways you're cooking your turkey wrong

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