How To Select The Best Electric Knife For Your Cooking Needs

How To Select The Best Electric Knife For Your Cooking Needs

An electric knife is an electronic device used to cut and slice food items. It is preferred over traditional knives because it requires less force and can produce better cuts.

Among the biggest reasons owning an electric knife is a necessity in the kitchen is because of the speed and the quality of cut it provides. For items that are hard to cut, the speed and the quality of the cut matters a lot. Therefore, a good electric knife is a must in order to cut and chop foods like poultry and other meat on a professional level. Therefore, the advantage of having an electric knife at home is obvious.

Before you make the decision to buy one, here are few things you must know in order to select the best electric knife:

1. The Blade

Professional chefs often purchase electric knives with blades at least of 7 to 9 inches in length. It is often the case that the longer the knife, the better the blade.


Some electric knives also come with multi-function blades. It is advised that you purchase a multi-function knife only if you absolutely need it. Multi-function electric kitchen knives may be more expensive in nature.

2. Surface of the Knife

In order for an electric knife to be great, it is important that the knife is made of stainless steel. Another factor of great importance is its surface, too. Electric knives must have a solid and abrasive surface with a precise and adjustable angle.

The surface of the blade is important in the sense that a good surface means the knife is able to run for longer periods of time without the edges of the knives suffering from erosion.

3. Safety Locks

A good electric knife also comes with a safety lock. Safety locks on the knives act as an additional safety measure to secure the knife from over-use.


Safety locks become more critical, especially if your knife is corded. If it is corded, you also need to make sure it is long enough to give you proper distance from the electric point.

4. Sharpeners

Without a quality sharpener, a knife cannot be maintained properly. Each electric knife has its own set of unique properties. Therefore, before buying the knife, make sure you know the sharpener you will need and check its availability in the market.

It should be noted that electric sharpeners tend to be noisy, so you might want to do your research in order to find one that is more on the quiet side.

5. Indoor and Outdoor Use

Electric knives come in two varieties: one with the cords and without cords. Cordless knives run on batteries so they can easily be used outdoors, whereas electric knives with cords attached have very limited capability for use outdoors.


Always keep in mind your intended use for the device. For example, if you are someone who goes on vacations and require some sort of knife, a cordless knife might be your preference.

Don’t forget to keep an extra pair of batteries just in case you plan to use the knife extensively on your vacations or during your outdoor cooking.

6. Fork Attachment

To assist the user in cutting, an electric knife always comes with a fork. If you are buying a knife without the right fork, you may not be able to fully utilize the benefits of an electric knife.

Forks can be purchased separately or they can be bought along with the electric knife. In most cases, both the knife and the fork are of the same brand.


You should also note that the handle of the knife is also an important consideration to look for. Electric knives vibrate a lot and if the handle is not strong enough, it may cause problems for you. A strong grip can prevent slipping accidents or accidental cuts on your hands and fingers.

Above are some simple and effective tips on how to buy an electric knife and use it safely in your home and outside.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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