Thanksgiving

11Oct10

Alright. It is Thanksgiving. By rights, I should take the week off. But I like doing this.

This week, we learn another vital life skill: how to carve a turkey. This technique can also be applied to chickens and other small birds.

Step 1 – Cleaning and Setup. Ensure that your workspace is clean and free of clutter, your knives are sharp, and your turkey has had 15-20 minutes out of the pan to cool down.

Step 2 – Prep Steps. Start by removing the drumsticks; slice through the skin, and wedge your knife gently into the socket keeping it attached. Cut through, remove, repeat on other side. Then, remove the wings by simply pulling.

Step 3 – Carving. There are two ways you can go about this. One way is to carve the entire breast off, and slice it across the grain as a single large piece of meat, similar to a roast. Or you can slice pieces off the bird directly.

Step 4 – Cleanup. Afterwards, you will have a turkey carcass that is great for making stock. Toss it in a large pot, cover it with water, celery, carrots, and onions, and boil for a few hours. Then run it through a strainer, and freeze the clarified stock in ice cube trays for easy retrieval. The meat and veggies also make for a nice stew.

In my first year, things didn’t start turning around until Thanksgiving. Now, in my final year, I’ve again had a rough go of it that looks like it’s about to break. So here’s to my favourite time of the academic year, and to food, family, and good times to come.

Go Huskies!
Steve

P.S. And to those of you who will soon be afflicted by “the turkey dump”, my apologies.

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