While cutting a whole turkey into parts can be a daunting task, segmenting turkey wings is actually a much easier process. Thankfully, nowadays, you can find turkey wings sold separately in supermarkets, making it easier for the consumer.
You can certainly ask your butcher to do it for you, but if that is not an option, this short tutorial is here to show you how.
Equipment You Will Need
Cutting turkey wings into segments is a relatively easy task that requires a few basic kitchen tools, which you probably already have. You will need:
- A sturdy cutting board: While any cutting board will work for cutting raw turkey wings, having a dedicated cutting board specifically for poultry is recommended. Most chefs recommend using a plastic cutting board that is easier to clean, so that is what we recommend.
- A sharp knife: While a sharp Chef’s knife would work, if you have a smaller knife like a boning or pairing knife, it would be ideal. Poultry sheers could work as well, but cutting through turkey wing joints with kitchen shears proves to be more challenging than with chicken wings.
How to Cut Up A Turkey Wing into Parts?
- Dry the wings: Place a turkey wing on your cutting board. Dry it thoroughly on all sides. Turn it to its back, ensuring that the skin connecting the wingette and drumette lays flat on the cutting board.
- Cut the skin: Carefully cut the skin flap until you reach the joint. This step will give us more control when breaking the joints.
- Break the bone: Locate the joint between the wingette and the drumette. Simply use your index finger to locate the natural gap between the bones. Take the wingette with one hand and the wing tip with the other. Gently pull them away from one another to “crack” the joint. While this is an optional step, doing so will help you find and cut through the joint easily.
- Separate the wingette from the drumette: Place your knife over the joint and carefully apply pressure while adjusting the angle to cut through it. Be careful not to cut through the bone. Instead, aim for the cartilage and soft tissue of the joint.
- Cut the wing tip: Locate the joint between the wing tip and the wingette. Run your knife through the joint to loosen it. If it is resisting, use both hands to break the joint to make it easier to separate them.
- Examine for bone fragments: After cutting, check each joint to make sure that there are no small bone fragments left.
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How To Cut Turkey Wings
- 1 Boning knife or any other smaller (easy to control) sharp knife
- 1 Cutting Board (plastic) Ideally used only when handling poultry
- 1 Turkey Wing
- Dry the wings: Place a turkey wing on the cutting board and pat it dry on all sides using paper towels. Position it so that the skin connecting the drumette and wingette is flat against the cutting board.
- Cut the skin: Gently cut the skin flap up to the joint so that you can have better control as you “break” the joint.
- “Crack” the joint: Locate the joint between the wingette and the drumette using your index finger. Try to feel the natural separation between the bones. Hold the wingette in one hand and the wing tip in the other and carefully pull them apart to expose the joint.
- Separate the wingette from the drumette: Position your knife over the exposed joint and apply pressure. You would have to adjust as needed to cut through, navigating your way between the bone and the soft tissue.
- Remove the wing tip: Locate the joint connecting the wing tip and wingette. If you can, cut through it. If it is tight, manually break the joint holding each piece with one hand and crack the joint. You may have to go back and forth with the knife to achieve a clean cut.
- Thaw first: If using frozen turkey wings, be sure to thaw them before cutting. Not only does it make the process safer, but it also ensures cleaner and more precise cuts.
- Proper storage: If you are not using the wings immediately, store them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag in the fridge or freeze them right away to ensure freshness and prevent the potential spread of bacteria.
- Need a delicious recipe to use your wings? Be sure to try our Baked Turkey Wings recipe.