Cooking a Christmas Turkey : Removing the Legs of a Christmas Turkey

Uploaded by expertvillage on 22.01.2008

My name is Brandon Sarkis on behalf of Expert Village. Today I'm going to show you how to
make a holiday turkey. Alright, so we're here now to cut apart our turkey. So what I will
do first is transfer my turkey to the cutting board. And, there's the turkey. Now you're
going to want to make sure you've got several towels around, because it's going to get a
little messy. So, first thing you want to do is you want to cut up, or remove your,
any of the strings you still had on the turkey from the trussing. So let's get all those
off. And you want to make sure you get the all because nobody likes to eat a string.
I hear they're not very tasty. There we go. Alright, now, you can see by our little turkey
thing here obviously were good. Just go ahead and yank that out because that's kind of useless
to you at this point. And now, we're going to want to remove the little metal thing down
here. So all you do is just pinch the legs together. Give it a good, kind of a tug, and,
it's still stuck pretty well inside the turkey. Let me see if I can wiggle it out. No, it's
going to take some pretty hard core excavating I think. Ah there we go, whoa, goodness, I
got some really hot onion on my finger, that was delicious. Alright so there's that. Like
I said, this is something, this is somewhere where you're going to get messy doing this.
So, whether you like it or not, it's bound to happen. I'm just going to show you some
simple ways to trim up a turkey. First things first, let's remove this leg. So we're going
to grab our knife, you want to hold your thumb here and your finger here as such, get a nice
firm grasp. And just start slicing through right here. If you have to take the leg off
by itself, right there at the joint, just like that, one big giant turkey leg. Now you
can kick it Barbarian style, at the family dinner table. For the wings, we're just going
to pull them out, and we're just going to slice this piece right here, and the same
thing, go into the joint, give the knife a little twist, there's your wing. Same rules
apply to the other side, leg, right here at the top, work your way down. Work down and
through, pull it back at the joint, and you can see as you cut right through it, you'll
have yourself a nice turkey leg. This turkey came out very very tender too. And we'll go
ahead and clip this wing the same way, just straight down like that, give it a twist,
and it should pop right out. So, that's the easy part. Now we'll move on to the hard part.