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How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

A perfectly carved turkey makes for a beautiful presentation at Thanksgiving dinner. The breasts are pre-sliced and laid out nicely, the dark meat is sliced and placed in the center of the platter and it’s all topped with every dad and little brother’s favorite: turkey legs. Unfortunately, achieving the perfect carve is not always easy. We’ve created a guide to get you started using our heritage electric knife products that allow for a perfect cut with little effort.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

After your turkey has rested for 20-30 minutes, cut the string you used to truss the turkey. (For more info on trussing a turkey, tune in to the blog tomorrow.) Make sure the turkey is sitting on a large cutting board, with another cutting board and a platter nearby.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Next, use a carving fork to stabilize the bird on a cutting board. If you need more stabilization to get a good cut, set the turkey on a kitchen towel. Remove the leg quarters first. Use the electric knife to cut the skin between the leg and the breast, exposing the ball joint. Start with gentle cuts so you can see where you are going.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When you get halfway to the bone, pull the leg down and cut straight through the joint, removing the leg and thigh. Do this for both sides and place the quarters on the spare cutting board.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Follow this same basic procedure to remove the wings and set them aside on the cutting board with the legs.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Now you can begin to separate the breast meat. Find the breastbone, and carefully cut down along the ribcage to remove the breast from the turkey. As you get toward the bottom, you can then slice up the bottom at an angle, making it easier to remove.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Follow on both sides and set the breasts aside. You can now toss the carcass or save it for a delicious homemade stock. You can also use the wings for the stock, as many people prefer not to serve them on their Thanksgiving platters.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Now, it’s time to start slicing and plating your turkey. Start with the breasts, carefully slicing the meat down with the electric knife and then pulling it out. You should avoid sawing the meat; it’s not necessary with an electric knife. To place the sliced breast on the platter, carefully put the knife, a fork or a spatula under the breast and carry it to the platter. Gently slide the breast off, and it should all stay together.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Next, cut the thighs. Take one thigh at a time from the secondary cutting board and separate the leg at the joint. Place the leg aside if you want to serve them whole. If you’d rather cut that meat, too, use the same basic technique as the thigh, but be careful to remove all the bones and cartilage first.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Lay the thigh skin-side down on the cutting board. Using your fingers or a paring knife, carefully remove the bone from the center. Feel around with your fingers to make sure there is no lingering cartilage.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Roll the thigh up and cut it into slices with the skin side up. Carefully transfer them to the platter.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To plate our turkey, we put the breasts on the sides, the thigh meat down the center and the drumsticks on top. The turkey carcass and the wings will be used for stock, and this perfectly carved masterpiece is ready for the holiday table.

How to Carve a Turkey with an Electric Knife from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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Hamilton Beach® Electric Knives feature two serrated stainless-steel blades that rapidly move back and forth to create even slices of any thickness. Whether you’re carving the Thanksgiving turkey or slicing ham and cheese for sandwiches, these knives let you slice like a pro with little effort.

32229-1Hamilton Beach® Roaster Ovens are handy for cooking at home or feeding larger groups of friends and family. These popular roaster ovens bake, roast and cook like traditional ovens, and you can use them to steam and slow-cook as well. Innovation is evident in the buffet-friendly lid; it’s the first one to pivot out of the way for serving.



Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

Brining: that time-consuming, pain-in-the-behind piece of Thanksgiving turkey prep everyone hates to do, but feels is necessary. Why do we do it? Why is it important? Is it actually important? Does it make a difference in taste? Is it worth all the extra effort? Well, we heard your questions (and your confusion) and decided to test it all out. We’d get to the bottom of brining through a controlled taste test in our Test Kitchen. Here’s what we did and what we found out.

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

When we designed our methods, we wanted to take into account many things, not just the general taste, but also the color, texture and juiciness of each bird. We created a ranking system for judging both the white meat and dark meat separately, and we ranked the different birds on aroma, appearance, color, juiciness, tenderness, texture, flavor, aftertaste and overall impression. Then, we decided to test four different brining methods.

A) Plain salt brine – 24 hours

B) Highly flavored citrus salt brine – 24 hours

C) Plain salt brine – 4 hours

D) No brining

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.comWe chose these different brines because they are the most common. The plain salt brine (A) is your standard brine. We let it brine for 24 hours in the fridge. The flavored brine (B) contained orange, salt, sugar and lots of herbs. It was highly flavored compared to a standard salt brine. The other plain salt brine (C) was a brine we imagined people might try if they forgot to brine their turkey the day before. It was a quick brine you might try out on Thanksgiving morning when you realized your mistake. The last turkey had no brine (D) at all. All of our turkeys were about 16 pounds, and they were all cooked in Hamilton Beach roaster ovens until the thigh temperature met 165°F. All the turkeys used our favorite turkey recipe.

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

We employed six testers of the taste test, each with varying levels of experience cooking turkey. We sat around the table and tasted the turkeys one by one, with water and saltine crackers to clear our palettes between each bird. We discussed the turkeys as we tried them and took some notes. No one knew which bird they were trying, as it was important to us to do a blind tasting.

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

Turkey A was moist and flavorful, with equally good light and dark meat. Even the testers who preferred dark meat were surprised with the texture and tenderness of this bird. Everyone thought it tasted very fresh. Some comments were “Mmmmmmmmm” and “Wow, I’m surprised how good this turkey is”. Our favorite comment was, “I can’t believe how much this one brings out the flavor of…well, turkey!”

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

The second turkey we tried received less than stellar results. Tasters described Turkey B as tasting a little “off” and noticed the turkey had an almost greenish tint. This was far less noticeable in the dark meat than the white meat, but no one chose this turkey as their favorite.  

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

Turkey C was our “Oops, I forgot to brine!” turkey, with only four hours in the salt brine. Testers described this turkey as flavorful, but a little saltier than they’d prefer. The color was good and the texture was okay, but not a little chalky. After we discovered this turkey was only brined for a few hours, we talked about why it might not be as good as the first turkey we tried, which was brined for a full 24 hours.

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

We concluded that the short brine was a pretty good idea in theory, but the short timeframe didn’t allow the salt and water to fully permeate the turkey and create the ideal equilibrium of salt in the fibers of the turkey.  

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Turkey D was flavorful, and ended up being the taster’s second favorite bird. We were all surprised that we liked the unbrined turkey so much. It was tasty and had a good color and aroma, but it was admittedly not as tender as the fully brined turkey.

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

Afterward, the Test Kitchen cooks who administered our blind tasting gave us the descriptions of each turkey we tried. We were very surprised that we all overwhelming chose Turkey A as our favorite – that was the fully brined bird in the plain salt water brine. We were also very surprised that the other bird in a 24 hour brine (Turkey B) was our unanimous least favorite. We all agreed the citrus and herbs in the brine added a strange flavor to the bird we didn’t love.  

Does Brining the Turkey Make a Difference? Everyday Good Thinking from @hamiltonbeach conducted The Ultimate Taste Test to find out! http://everydaygoodthinking.com

In the end, we highly recommend brining your Thanksgiving turkey. It made a big difference in flavor and texture that all the testers agreed was worth the extra effort. However, we are disappointed to say that if you forget to brine your turkey the day before, it’s not worth doing a short brine the day of. The tasters felt the unbrined turkey was better than the turkey with a short brine, so if you forget, just skip it altogether and you’ll be alright. If you’re thinking of trying out a uniquely flavored brine, we suggest you go easy on the citrus. We hope this helps with your Thanksgiving planning. Gobble, gobble!

For the roaster oven turkey recipe we used for these tests, please click here.

For 10 ways to use your roaster oven for more than just turkey, please click here.

32229-1Hamilton Beach® Roaster Ovens are handy for cooking at home or feeding larger groups of friends and family. These popular roaster ovens bake, roast and cook like traditional ovens, and you can use them to steam and slow-cook as well. Innovation is evident in the buffet-friendly lid; it’s the first one to pivot out of the way for serving.



Spicy Turkey Burger with Avocado Shallot Relish on the Searing Grill - from everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach #grillit

After a long, hard winter and a cold, rainy spring, we’re all welcoming summer with open arms. With the warmer weather comes a desire to grill, eat lighter and enjoy a cold one with the windows wide open. Unfortunately, while school lets out, companies don’t shut down and commitments don’t go away. So if time, space or money are limited, but you want to get the magic of the grilling season anyway, reach for an indoor grill.

Spicy Turkey Burger with Avocado Shallot Relish on the Searing Grill - from everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach #grillit

You might be thinking an indoor grill won’t cut it and it’s better to give up on dreams of burgers and barbecue chicken, but the Searing Grill has solved all of your concerns. It gets hot – I mean really hot – so it creates the beautifully seared grill marks you desire with the grilled taste you crave. It will fool all your guests – just ask my friends who oohed and ahhed over the grill marks on their zucchini and chicken the other night. You’ll be amazed at the ease of cleaning up. No need to scrape the grill, throw out charcoal or get covered with ash or refill tanks – just pop off the grill plate, lid and tray and place them in the dishwasher. It’s that easy!

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Spicy Turkey Burger with Avocado Shallot Relish on the Searing Grill - from everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach #grillit

So the next time you want a light, delicious burger, but don’t want to break out a huge grill and all your tools, try this spicy turkey burger on the Searing Grill and get the outdoor flavor you crave on an easy-to-clean indoor grill.


Spicy Turkey Burger with Avocado Shallot Relish
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 small shallot, halved
1 small tomato, halved and seeded
4 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground turkey
2 teaspoons spicy steak seasoning
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
Instructions
Add shallot to food processor bowl; pulse until minced. Reserve half of the chopped shallot.
Pulse tomato and cilantro until chopped. Stir in avocado, oil, juice, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
Combine turkey, reserved shallot and seasoning until well blended. Form into 4 patties.
Preheat grill to 450°F or set on SEAR.
Place burgers on grill. Grill 10-12 minutes, turning halfway through, until meat thermometer registers 165°F.
Top each bun with refrigerated avocado relish.
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 Hamilton Beach Searing Grill @hamiltonbeach

The innovative Hamilton Beach Searing Grill is built to mimic cooking on an outdoor grill, but with the added benefit of a removable hood, non-stick grill plate and drip tray that are all dishwasher safe. Get outdoor flavor – indoors – with a high searing temperature that locks in juices and flavor.

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Use this recipe to sneak veggies into your family's diet!  Turkey Vegetable Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

Forget the meatloaf of your childhood, and forget the meatloaf they may have served you in the cafeteria. This turkey meatloaf is spectacular, and it’s loaded with healthful vegetables. It comes out of the oven smelling like sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, so you’d never believe how good for you it is. If you have little ones (or big ones) who aren’t fans of veggies, this is a great way to sneak in mushrooms, broccoli, carrots and onions virtually undetected. They add lots of moisture to the loaf, so you can use turkey instead of beef without losing the juiciness you crave.

Use this recipe to sneak veggies into your family's diet!  Turkey Vegetable Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

Bake the loaf free-form in a large baking pan, then transfer it to a cutting board to rest before slicing, so the moisture stays locked up inside. Top it with the remaining glaze to create a loaf that is savory and sweet, but a little tart, and sure to be a mom-approved crowd-pleaser.

Check back Friday for our hands-down favorite idea for delicious meatloaf leftovers!

Use this recipe to sneak veggies into your family's diet!  Turkey Vegetable Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

Use this recipe to sneak veggies into your family's diet!  Turkey Vegetable Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 


Turkey Meatloaf with Vegetables
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 can (14 oz.) cranberry sauce
3 Tablespoons apple juice
2 Tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 cup broccoli florets
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 small yellow onion, quartered
4 white mushrooms, quartered
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground marjoram
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound ground white turkey meat
1 slice whole grain bread, crumbled
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
In food chopper bowl, add cranberry sauce, apple juice and 2 Tablespoons mustard. Process until blended; set aside.
Using S-blade and with processor running, drop broccoli, carrots, onion, mushrooms and garlic into food chute. Process until finely chopped.
Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add broccoli mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
Add broth, mustard, salt, thyme, marjoram and pepper. Cook about 4 minutes without stirring until broth is almost evaporated.
Combine turkey, bread crumbs and broccoli mixture in a medium bowl until well blended.
Spoon turkey mixture into prepared dish. In center of dish, form mixture into an oval loaf.
Bake 30 minutes; pour 1/2 cup cranberry mixture over meatloaf to glaze. Bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 165°F.
Heat remaining cranberry mixture in a small saucepan until heated through to serve with meatloaf.
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