HandWorks Hand Therapy provides evaluation and certified hand therapy/treatment of upper extremity injuries and disorders by Sally P. Gillenson, certified hand therapist and clinic director. We are conveniently located in Saddle Brook, NJ in the heart of Bergen County. We fabricate custom dynamic and static splints (orthotics) as prescribed by the patient's doctor. We effectively treat and restore the patient's functional abilities through postoperative rehabilitation, preventive, non-operative, and/or conservative management. We work closely with hand surgeons and other physicians, nurse case managers, and patients to provide a continuum of care. Ideally, this starts within days of the injury or surgery — and continues until return to work and/or attainment of maximum functional levels in activities of daily living.
TURKEY CARVING SAFETY TIPS
HandWorks expresses our warm wishes for a safe and joyful holiday season. Family members will be traveling across many miles in order to spend time together. Families will be joining together across the nation to spend time do various things such as watching classic holiday movies and/or football games or reminiscing about past family memories and in most households the traditional holiday “turkey” will be served.
In fact, at Thanksgiving, Americans will cook and consume approximately 46 million turkeys, and attempt to carve the turkey at the table in a stressful and messy manner that can waste your carefully prepared bird as well as possibly cause an injury to your hands.
This season HandWorks wants to share some “safe” handling and carving tips for you and your family when cooking your turkey or any poultry.
1. Refrigerate poultry immediately as soon as you bring it home from the store to avoid bacteria growth on your turkey or chicken.
2. Never thaw poultry on a countertop as bacteria can develop easily on a turkey or chicken at room temperature. It is better to thaw a turkey in your refrigerator in a pan of cold water. It is recommended to change this water every 30 minutes, this will also facilitate thawing.
3. Wash your hands, utensils, dishes, cutting boards or work surfaces with HOT, SOAPY water after handling or working with raw poultry; this will guard against the spread of bacteria to other foods being prepared in the kitchen.
4. Use acrylic cutting boards as opposed to porous wooden cutting boards when cutting raw or cooked poultry, because porous wooden boards are more difficult to thoroughly wash after use.
5. Use one dish for raw poultry and another for cooked food or thoroughly wash with HOT, SOAPY water.
6. Once the turkey or other poultry item is cooked, remove it from the oven, cover the meat with foil and allow the turkey to set for 20 to 30 minutes. This allows the meat to firm up and makes it easier to carve as the meat will not be slippery or rubbery. The meat will hold together better for serving too. Also transfer the turkey to a solid cutting board in the kitchen (avoid cutting at the table as there isn’t usually as much room and most platters are not as stable as the cutting board.)
7. Always cut a turkey or chicken with a sharp knife or electric knife.
8. Slice off the thigh and leg first. Do this by grasping the tip of one of the drumsticks with your fingers and pull the leg away from the body, making sure to pull the thigh out and down until the joint “pops” out of the hip joint. This procedure helps identify the thigh from the body. Cut at the broken joint by using the tip of the knife, making sure to cut as close to the body as possible. Repeat this on the opposite side.
9. To remove the thigh from the drumstick, first identify the knee joint”. This can be accomplished by bending the “knee joint” back and forth until the thigh and drumstick joint are located, then cut through the skin at the knee joint. Continue to bend the joint until the thigh and drumstick touch, then cut through the joint completely. Repeat this with the other thigh and drumstick.
10. To cut the drumsticks into slices. Hold the drumsticks vertically by the tip so that the large section rests on the cutting board. Slice the meat parallel to the bone and under the tendons. Turn the leg as you go to get even slices.
11. Cut the thigh meat into slices, using the same method as above with the drumsticks.
12. To carve the breast meat, first steady the bird with a large fork and then make a deep horizontal cut into the breast just above each wing, but do not slice free from the bird completely. This technique identifies the end of each slice of breast meat. Now, beginning at the top outer edge of one side of each breast, cut from the top of the breast in a downward direction creating a horizontal slice. Continue this until reaching the final smaller slices then follow the curve of the breastbone. reaching the final smaller slices.
13. Finally remove each wing by cutting through the joint where the wing bone(s) meets the backbone.
Safe traveling and warmest regards from HandWorks!
WHAT WE DO
In a private outpatient clinic, conveniently located in Saddle Brook, Bergen County, in northern NJ, patients receive certified hand therapy services for rehabilitation of injuries and disorders of the fingers, hand, wrist, and elbow. Our services include:
We are open weekdays and evenings; Saturdays and Sundays on an emergency basis. Splints can be fabricated on a same-day emergency basis if your doctor deems it medically necessary.
We can be reached by phone, fax, or email.
DO YOU NEED HAND THERAPY ?
HERE ARE SOME HINTS:
INJURY: Did you hurt your hand, wrist, or elbow? ● Have you undergone a surgery on your hand, wrist, or elbow?
DAILY ACTIVITIES: Do you experience burning, numbness/tingling, pain, or stiffness in your fingers or hand during activities or upon waking up ● Do you have painful cramps in your hand when cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, holding a book, or writing ● Do you drop or have trouble picking up items?
PAIN MANAGEMENT: Do you rely on medication to lessen hand, wrist, or elbow pain? ● Does pain prevent you from using your hand normally?
If you have experienced any of these problems or symptoms, we would advise you to see a hand surgeon, who may prescribe certified hand therapy. If you receive a prescription for hand therapy, and your surgeon would like you to be seen by a certified hand therapist,
please give us a call @ 201.820.4020 to schedule an appointment.