No Carving Board? Here’s a Hack to Make Any Cutting Board Better for a Turkey.

published Nov 19, 2014
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(Image credit: Christine Gallary)

The most ideal carving situation for a Thanksgiving turkey (or any large piece of meat) is a big cutting board with wells or grooves to catch the juices that leak out when you’re carving. But you may not be able to justify the space for an oversized board like this if you only use it once or twice a year for holidays.

Here’s a quick hack to make your everyday cutting board into a better setup for a large bird, roast, or piece of meat.

To create a makeshift carving board, just nestle a regular cutting board into a large rimmed baking sheet.

Make sure you stabilize both the board and the baking sheet by placing damp kitchen or paper towels underneath so they don’t slide around before you place the roast on top.

(Image credit: Christine Gallary)

Now you have a safe cutting surface with a built-in reservoir for catching all the juices as they leak out so they don’t end up all over your kitchen counter. You can even pour these juices into your gravies or sauces to make them tastier! Carve away with confidence.