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What is a turkey carving knife?
A turkey carving knife can cut through a cooked turkey or other cooked fowl. The knife carves through the meat with ease around the bone with a design similar to a chef’s knife. Some turkey carving knives can have scallops like a santoku knife to help the meat to fall off easier. All carving knives are made to cut and slice meat on a larger scale.
Often on a carving knife, the blade is extra-long, and it has an ergonomic handle for easier use. Usually, a carving knife comes with a fork to steady and serve the meat as it comes off the frame of the bird. As this knife carves, you can use it on multiple types of cooked meat such as birds, ham, roasts, and any other form of protein. Even meats without a bone cut easily under a carving knife.
Most carving knives do not have serrations to keep the meat intact and not shredded. Sometimes they are called slicing knives as they are thinner and longer for more uniform slices. However, these knives do not work as well for chopping and can measure between 7 to 15 inches long, slightly rounded tip with a pointed end for cutting around bone and joints.
What knife is best for carving a turkey?
The length of a carving knife matters to make sure it can easily cut through larger sections of meat. As carving requires a sawing motion, a shorter blade makes for extra work. However, a blade that is too long for the meat can be awkward to hold and work with while slicing meat. Look for a knife with a four-inch handle and a blade that is long enough to be comfortable to work with but not so long it causes issues.
Try for a blade between eight and ten inches to cut through a ten-pound turkey or ham. Larger birds may require a ten-inch blade or longer. However, if you do not carve a lot of meat, then you may not want to spend the money for a blade longer than ten inches and make do with what you have.
A carving knife needs a steel blade, and not all steel is made equally. The more carbon in a knife, the harder the blade and the sharper the edge. Mind you, the blade will dull quickly but sharpen with ease for longer life. Look also for a knife with a longer thinner. Some blades have scallops to allow air pockets to reduce drag and allow for easier gliding through flesh with a slicing movement.
Should you carve a turkey with a serrated knife?
A serrated knife can help cut through the tougher skin on a bird but will not give even uniform slices as cooked meat is so tender. Instead, it’s best to use a flat blade for even cuts of meat. Overall, a serrated knife or bread knife will shred the meat, especially the white meat.
Is an electric knife good for carving turkey?
Electric carving knives usually include two blades that fit flush against each other held together by rivets. The rivets then travel back and forth next to each other to cut meat by oscillating back and forth against each other. However, most electric carving knives have serrated blades that, while they cut through meat quickly, shred the meat if not used correctly.
An electric knife can help with bigger jobs, especially for those with little experience cutting a large piece of meat or those with health problems that reduce strength. If you can find an electric knife with clean blades, this would be optimal. Clean blades allow for long fluid cuts through the meat for uniform-sized slices.
How to carve a turkey with a knife?
The first thing you want to do to carve a turkey is find the right location and surface to use. It’s best to work standing up at a counter and on a large surface like a cutting board. Use a wet paper towel to prevent the meat from moving around.
Next, detach the legs and wings from the bird with the knife and hands as needed. Now use the knife to trace around the carcass around the larger cuts of meat to move them off the bones. Remove the breast meat with the bird and slice the meat into nice even pieces. Move the breast meat off against the grain in one piece by cutting parallel to the cutting board, reaching all the way down to the cutting board near the rib cage.
Now you are ready to flip the turkey over and use the knife and fork set to remove the dark meat. You may need to use your fingers to assist in removing the dark meat as it’s very tender and falls apart easily. Always remove the stuffing before cutting the meat. Take out the wishing bone when removing the breast meat.
Use the bones after and the innards to make a gravy or soup by slow boiling. This also allows you to boil off the extra meat, perfect for flavorful dishes. After, dispose of the bones in a plastic bag and take them out to the big trash bin immediately if you have pets in the home. Then, you are ready to serve!
How to wash and store a turkey carving knife?
Never wash a knife in the dishwasher, as it can dull the blade quickly. Instead, always wash the knife in the sink with hot water and soap. Use a kitchen brush to keep your fingers away from the sharp blade. Always place the blade away from you for safety. Dry the knife thoroughly on the non-sharp side with a towel before storing.
Why choose Due Cigni for your turkey knife?
While Due Cigni does not have a dedicated turkey carving knife, we do offer many knives ready to cut meat easily. Our knives are dual-purpose, saving you money and kitchen space. Furthermore, our knives are from Italy with the finest steel. Often cutting a turkey requires multiple knives, one for the skin, one for the breast, and one for getting more meat off the bone. Find the right blades to make cutting anything an easier process with our high-quality options.