Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you ready to carve? Don’t waste your time hacking that precious poultry with a dull knife and table fork. Try these suggestions for easy serving.
Maybe you’ve carved a few turkeys in your lifetime, but watching the pros do it certainly couldn’t hurt. Brush up on your carving skills by viewing how-to videos online. Most are only a few minutes long, like this one from All Recipes. Watching a video could mean the difference between beautiful slices and a hacked up mess.
Electrify Your Meal
Now that you’re prepared, decide what you want to carve with. The electric knife has become a standard in many homes, and turkeys can be carved effortlessly in only a few minutes. Check out theHamilton Beach Chrome Classic, or if you’re willing to pay a little more, this electric knife fromCuisinart.
If electric knives are not your style, why not stick to the old standard? Williams-Sonoma and Chef’s Catalog Online offer classic carving tools and reviews of their products online. Carving knives and turkey forks can be purchased individually or as a set.
Sharpen Your Skills
Maybe you already have a favorite carving knife in your kitchen drawer and are not looking to invest in a new one. Keep it ready for action by sharpening the blade before the big day. Check out Chef’s Choice to find the right sharpener for your needs.
Get a Grip
It’s hard to carve a slippery bird. You don’t want your turkey sliding out of the oven and onto the floor this Thanksgiving. Keep a grip on things with a pair of turkey lifters, available at Crate and Barrel.
Aside from carving, bask your bird in beautiful flavors with a turkey baster by Norpro. Or save yourself some time by purchasing your basters, lifters (and even a roasting pan) in a handy setoffered by Chef’s Catalog.
Lastly, keep your cool and know exactly when your turkey’s done with an All-Clad oven probe thermometer. Most thermometers will help you determine exactly when to remove your bird from the oven.
Now all that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and dream about the mouth-watering meal that you’ll be serving. And don’t forget dessert!