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11/16/2016 10:53 EST | Updated 10/30/2018 15:20 EDT

How To Carve A Turkey, With Step-By-Step Photos

You can do this, even if you have no idea what you're doing.

Cooking a beautiful turkey is easy. Learning how not to massacre it with your carving knife is a more difficult ordeal.

This Thanksgiving, Americans will cook and consume over 40 million turkeys, yet very few of them will be carved in a stress- and mess-free manner that doesn’t waste most of the precious meat on your carefully prepared bird.  

So we asked Jeffrey Elliot, co-author of The Complete Book of Knife Skills: The Essential Guide to Use Techniques and Care and author of The Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi to show us, step-by-step, the best way to carve a Thanksgiving turkey. Sharpen your knife and get to work.

Bon appetit!