How to Care for and Use Your Electric Knife

When you just get your hands on your brand new electric knife, you become very protective and think only about how to care for it to last long.

Fortunately, there are many things you can engage in to ensure that your newly acquired gadget lasts you a good number of years.

Some of these will be covered in the following paragraphs: 

Before your first use, do the following:

The storage case should be removed. You can do that by holding that the finger guards, using one hand and the other hand to bring it out. Because the blades are razor sharp, it is important that you exercise great care while doing this and remember to always use the finger guards.

You need to clean the electric knife by wiping it with a cloth or sponge with warm water and a soft detergent. Ensure that you are using a detergent that is dedicated to this kind of material and not one that is too harsh so that you won't blunt the tips of the blades. While doing this, ensure no part of the knife is immersed in the body of water. Then allow it to dry before using it.

One of the interesting points about a deep fryer is that not all people have experience using it and when you decide to get one for yourself, you are going to face this same challenge.

But this challenge is no more than using a washing machine or any household item. With a few trial and error and experience, you will soon be a veteran user.

No matter what type of food you are drying, once you nail down a technique, you can pretty much use any deep fryer to achieve your aim.

But there are certain steps you must take if you want to really learn to use a deep fryer or make the best use of your already acquired unit. Taking the following steps should help you achieve your goal.

Cleaning and Care

1. Use the proper oil

If you want to enjoy long lasting usage, you need to clean the blades regularly.

One of the best ways of ensuring your product stay in tiptop condition is to clean it immediately after every use. If you intend storing your carving knife for an extended period, you should not keep it under a sheath.

This means it should be in an area where there is easy access to air to keep the device in a dry state. If you keep it in its sheath, it may begin to sweat and rust when it continuously dries in such condition.

Before cleaning, always disconnect the knife from the mains. Cleaning should be done with a cloth/sponge, warm water and detergent. Always allow the unit to dry fully before storing.

The blade may also require a thorough drying and wiping to ensure it is kept in a silver condition. Avoid the use of abrasive cleaners or scrubs. This can quickly damage the unit or cause it to rust quickly.

Choosing the right oil for your deep fryer is half battle won. Once you know the type of oil you want to use, you will need to fill up the fryer with it, taking care not to over-fill or under-fill it.

If you have a model that have a minimum or maximum fill line, it becomes even easier as you have a ready gauge to guide your measurement.

​Sharpening Your Knife

2. Turn it on and start operating

Do you need to sharpen your electric knife? No. There is no need to sharpen any kind of electric knife since it works with electric and can cut most items as long as the mouth remains clean and not rusty.

Only sharpen a knife if it is not an electric model. Other models aside from this are regularly in need of some sharpening. When honing or sharpening your knife, make sure to cover the entire length of the blade and avoid adding extra angle to the edges of the blade.

To start using your device, you need to turn it on by plugging it in and using the switch button to power it up.

After that, set the temperature and time and ensure that you obtain the right level of temperature for the oil without going over that.

You also need to maintain a temperature between 350 degrees F and 375 degrees F which is the suitable range for most of the cooking you will be doing.

If your device comes with a thermostat, you don't have to bother too much about the temperature as it will automatically determine the correct temperature.

However, if it doesn't come with one, you may have to get yourself a thermometer to select the right temperature for the oil.


3. Pat your food dry

This item should be stored in places away from children or persons with physical disabilities. It is not a toy and should be properly shield from minors to prevent hazards or accidents.

Consequently, there are a number of places you can store your knife. You can use a roll organizer or your tool boxes to store your knife along with other sharp items. This will protect your fingers any time you want to access the blades and the knives will be free from water, dirt and dust which can affect its longevity.

You shouldn't try to operate it with a remote-control system or external timer. It is produced for you to man as it needs proper management to achieve its objectives.

Before drying any kind of food, make sure it is dried and doesn't have any traces of water. You can make use of a kitchen paper towel or cover the food in some dusting to remove any traces of water.

For example, freshly cut potatoes can be wiped with paper towel so that there is no water on it before throwing them into the fryer. Not doing this may cause some dangerous spilling of oil that may be injurious to you or children around.

About the Author Catherine Wheeler

Hey, I'm Cath :) Iv'e got two beautiful young girls who mean the world to me. I used to be a head chef over at my local restaurant but I gave that up to look after my girls. I decided to put my culinary experience to use here by bringing that wealth of kitchen related knowledge and sharing it with you guys.