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The Right Way to Carve a Turkey

Featured in our 2017 Thanksgiving Guide
Handmade TV and Sarah Breckenridge
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The image we all have in our heads of turkey carving-the Norman Rockwell painting-involves cutting slices off the turkey breast with the grain of the meat, which means tougher and stringier meat.

For moister, better-tasting turkey breast, you should actually remove the entire half of the breast before you start slicing it-just cut straight down the center like this, then follow along the breastbone, until you’ve completely removed it.

Then put it on a cutting board, and slice it crosswise in parallel slices-this way, you’re cutting across the grain of the meat. It’s a little less dramatic and more surgical looking than the traditional method, but it means your turkey slices will be juicier and more tender.

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