Butchering a Turkey into Boneless Roasts

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  1. Justin, you have done us all a tremendous service with these excellent, clear instructions. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. steve jaeger says:

    Try rubbing the turkey parts with a cure made from Kosher salt, pepper, a small amount of raw sugar and garlic and let them cure in a plastic bag for a day or two before you cook it. About 1 Tbsp per three pounds of meat. Your presentation is excellent, worthy of a demo lab at my alma mater.

    • Thanks so much, Steve! It’s a challenge to take photos with one hand while holding up a turkey with the other. I got lucky that day with a surplus of patience, and good natural lighting in my kitchen.
      I like your dry brine suggestion. I might do something like that this year instead of wet.

      • steve jaeger says:

        One of my first lessons at CIA was how to bone out a chicken without breaking the skin. It looked like a little set of chicken pajamas, haven’t tried it in years but I’m sure it could be done with a turkey, all you’d need is a REALLY sharp boning knife and a steady hand.

        • That takes some skill and confidence, I’m sure.

          A friend of mine invites me every year to watch while he prepares a variation on the turducken, which requires that you create a little poultry pajama set out of each bird, then nest them with stuffing filling the cracks. One year it had a pheasant in it so he called it a turphucken.

          I’d like to try it sometime, just to have done it. Most of my cooking tends toward the stew and drop cookie route—sloppy comfort food. Once I get going on a new skill, I do it constantly until I have got it. I made a lot of bread for a while, then soft drinks, ice cream… now we’re making candy. So help me I want to make my own aspic.

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