Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Colman’s top 10 tips for carving the perfect Christmas turkey

Research from Colman’s Instant Gravy has found that carving the Christmas Turkey is one of the top reasons for arguments at Christmas and brings fear to thousands of dads across the UK. 

To give men a helping hand this year Colman’s have compiled the ultimate top 10 tips for carving the perfect Christmas bird as well as a carving masterclass video with TOWIE star Sam Faiers and Colman’s butchers.

Colman’s top 10 tips for carving the perfect Christmas turkey

1.      Once you’ve carefully prepared your turkey, leave it to stand for 20 minutes before you carve
2.      Put the turkey on a solid, clean chopping board and make sure you have a sharp carving knife and meat fork
3.      Cut the kitchen twine off the legs and discard – try not to get your Christmas best’s dirty as the twine can often spring off when cut!
4.      Remove each leg by cutting through the joint where the leg attaches to the body
5.      Separate the drumstick and thigh by cutting each leg through the joint (wiggle the leg to locate the joint)
6.      Don’t rush to remove the wings just yet - this will make the turkey very unstable for the rest of the caving – the wings act as stabilisers!
7.      Run your fingers along the thigh and shred the meat from the bone – look out for the ultimate turkey gem – the Oyster, this is usually the butchers favourite 
8.      Using a knife and your fingers, loosen and remove the wishbone (this makes it easier to cut off the breast meat), and to make your wishes come true this Christmas pull the wishbone with your friends and family!
9.      Carve the breasts across the grain. Cut only what you think you’ll need for the initial round of servings, leaving the rest of the meat on the carcass. The meat loses moisture once it’s sliced
10.  Serve with lashings of Colman’s Instant Gravy!


  1. I always want to have a whole turkey for Christmas, but with only 3-4 of us each year we never get through it so just have a crown. One year though, we'll go all out. Or at least I will!

  2. Our turkey is normally OK, but nothing special. A sharp knife is essential.