How to Buy an Electric Knife

When buying an electric knife, there are many factors you need to consider if you want to buy the best.

Of course, there are many blades on the market and selecting one is not so difficult, but you may not also be safe from the detested consumer remorse 'after buying a wrong product'. 

Therefore, to aid you in your quest to select ​an electric knife and avoid buyer remorse, we come up with the following features:

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.

Blade Length

1. Use the proper oil

The length of your knife is the single most important feature you have to look at. Buy a knife that is too short and you won't be able to cut certain items. Buy one that is too long and you may find it difficult to store or control while cutting. Most knives come in diverse length but the sweet spot lies between 7" to 10".

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.


2. Turn it on and start operating

Looking at most of the electric knives out there, most are similar in terms of their power consumption and capabilities. Some are energy efficient while others are not. You want to ensure that the product you are buying is not only efficient in consumption of electricity but also powerful enough that it can cut through any item you throw at it.

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 is not very important and can be seen as a luxury. However, it may be very important to you if you want your new piece of equipment to stand tall and match the rest of the item in your kitchen. Although this is a great addition to the whole package, it may only be economical if it comes with product. If you have to pay extra for it, you may want to overlook this.

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.


4. Lower the food slowly into the fryer

This is largely dependent on whether you have a bigger or smaller hand. If you have a bigger hand, it is natural to anticipate a heavier unit. However, a lighter model will be the most suitable if you have smaller hands or you are buying for your wife. Note that the weight of the knife does not necessarily affect performance.

Some fryers come with a basket that you can place the food you want to fry and carefully lower it into the fryer and once it's lowered it should lock in place.

However some models don't have this luxury and you may have to use a slotted spoon or your hands to get the food into the fryer. Whichever one you go with, you need to ensure you do it slowly to avoid any hazard.


5. Set a timer or wait

Naturally, an electric knife should last you a long time if you adopt proper maintenance. However, no one can deny the usefulness of a good warranty. A good warranty is actually a sign of good customer service as it allows you enough time to use and experiment with the product to spot any defect so you can return it for a replacement or refund. Since most units come with 1-2 year warranty, ensure you buy one that is covered with this.

When choosing an electric knife, it is important that you consider the items you want to cut, the frequency of use and your hands. If you are only going to be cutting loaves of bread or other soft items, you don't need a knife with whistles and bells; neither do you need something that is very powerful.

And if you are only going to be using it once in a while such as during an important occasion, you should proberly get an affordable model. We have created a list of reviewed all the better models on the market here.

Depending on the kind of food you are frying, you may have to set a timer or wait till the food is ready to turn or remove from the fryer. Leaving it too long may cause the food to overcook and become uneatable.

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.