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Playing Cards -- Learn how to carve meat like a Pro!

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  • IowaGirl
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    • Dec 2018
    • 687
    • Northeast Iowa, USA

    Playing Cards -- Learn how to carve meat like a Pro!

    Oh, dear, what did people do before online videos were around? Read more about a 17th century alternative to YouTube --

    "...Push back your chair and sharpen your knife. It’s dinnertime in 17th-century England, and you happen to be flush enough to get your hands on a plump, juicy turkey. You’ve gathered friends and family, and now it is time to carve the bird. You want to make sure there are enough pieces to go around, but also impress your guests with your dexterity—or, at the very least, not splatter them with grease and bits of skin.

    "Today, you might watch an instructional video, but then you may have turned to a deck of playing cards.

    “ 'The genteel house-keeper’s passtime, or the mode of carving at the table represented by a pack of playing cards' was a deck and accompanying booklet first issued by London printer Joseph Moxon in 1677. It had roughly the same dimensions as any other deck, but these cards had a purpose beyond games: to teach people how to carve, hack, and disarticulate any (formerly) living thing they planned to serve. The booklet argued that proper carving can curb waste and buoy appetites. “Methodical cutting,” the anonymous author wrote in a 1693 edition, would protect “weak stomachs” from heaving at the sight of “disorderly mangling a Joynt or Dish of good meat.'..."

    More: https://www.atlasobscura.com/article...-playing-cards
  • Oakgrovebacon
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    • Apr 2016
    • 1996
    • South central Illinois

    #2
    Very interesting! Thanks for the link.

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    • Murdy
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      • May 2018
      • 467
      • North-Central Illinois

      #3
      Neat. I suspect if it were 17th century England and you were "flush enough to get your hands on a plump, juicy" bird, it would have been a goose instead of a turkey.

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      • IowaGirl
        IowaGirl commented
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        Good point Murdy -- turkeys are native to north america, right?

      • Murdy
        Murdy commented
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        That is correct. Supposedly, Ben Franklin wanted to make it the national bird.
    • IowaGirl
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      • Dec 2018
      • 687
      • Northeast Iowa, USA

      #4
      The "instructions" are so vague and obscure they're borderline funny. I can't imagine trying to carve a salmon with any success just by following the card. Maybe the accompanying booklet was more helpful?

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      • klflowers
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        "The cards were schematics, but quite vague. The booklet was a useful addition, as it broke down the drawings step by step, describing the process of cleaving wings and thighs and offering tips for adding flourishes to the finished dish." It would be a kick to find a set of these. I think I have a new mission... Thanks for the post.

      • IowaGirl
        IowaGirl commented
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        I see there's a repro for sale on Amazon, but other than that, my Google-fu isn't having much luck.
    • FireMan
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      • Jul 2015
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      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #5
      Does that mean one could have Muskrat love & eat to?
      Last edited by FireMan; February 7, 2019, 03:12 PM.

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