thanksgiving turkeyThere’s nothing like Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends, and enjoying the enticing aroma of the feast spread across the dining room.  Every year though, there’s a chance you may end up cutting your finger while carving the turkey. You may feel overwhelmed with nervousness as your friends and family watch you, your palms start to feel sweaty, and next thing you know, you cut your finger.

Thankfully (no pun intended), these injuries can be avoided by following these tips to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in peace!

Allow the turkey to rest

The worst thing you can do is slice into the turkey after it’s been roasting in the oven all day.  Give those turkey juices time to redistribute throughout the rest of the turkey for at least 20-30 after bringing it out of the oven.  

Keep your area well-lit

Avoid carving the turkey in the dark.  Not only will you have uneven slices, but there’s also a chance you could slice your finger because you’re preparing the food in poor lighting.

Don’t use a dull knife

Using a dull knife will more than likely cause slips, and since you need force to cut through the meat, you could potentially hurt yourself when the knife slips.  Opt for using an electric knife to ease the job of cutting a turkey.

Avoid cutting toward yourself

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

Leave the carving to the adults

Since your little ones haven’t developed the dexterity to handle sharp tools, leave the meat carving, cutting, and chopping to the adults.

What to do if you do cut yourself

If you end up cutting yourself, you can alleviate the bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound with a clean towel.  If the bleeding persists, you should seek medical care. You should 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

Don’t let a year-long anticipated meal be ruined by a bad cut!  Follow our guide to ensure a perfectly carved turkey this Thanksgiving!