thanksgiving turkeyNothing says Thanksgiving more than watching football, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the enticing aroma of turkey.  But every year, many end up cutting their hands while carving a turkey.

While your friends and family are watching you carve the turkey, you may feel a little overwhelmed, your palms may get sweaty, and next thing you know, you cut your finger.

Luckily, these injuries can be avoided by following these tips to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in peace!

Allow the turkey to rest

After your turkey’s been roasting in the oven the whole day, the worst mistake you can make is slicing right into it and getting the lovely juices all over the cutting board.  Give those juices plenty of time to redistribute through the rest of the turkey for at least 20-30 minutes.

Keep your area well-lit

Let the natural sunlight in and turn that bright kitchen light on so you can prevent accidents like cutting your finger.

Don’t use a dull knife

It’s not only ineffective to use a dull knife, it’s dangerous.  A dull knife will more than likely slip, and since you’re using force to cut through the meat, there’s the potential you could hurt yourself when the knife slips.  It also helps to use an electric knife to ease the job of cutting a turkey.

Avoid cutting toward yourself

Your free hand should be placed opposite the side you’re carving toward, and you should avoid placing your hand underneath the blade to catch the slice of meat you’re cutting.

Leave the carving to the adults

Leave the meat carving to the adults.  Your kids haven’t developed the dexterity to handle sharp tools, so don’t let children assist with carving, cutting, or chopping.

What to do if you do get injured

If your cut your finger or hand, you can alleviate the bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth.  But if the bleeding continues, you should seek medical care. Here are some cases where you may want to visit an urgent care center if:

  • Pressure does not stop the bleeding at 15-20 minutes
  • You’re unable to cleanse the wound by rinsing with soap and water
  • You have difficulty moving your hands and fingers
  • You notice persistent numbness or tingling in your fingertips

You’ve waited all year for the main event – don’t let it all go to waste with a bad cut!  Follow these tips to ensure a seamlessly carved turkey!