CEK-40 Electric Knife by Cuisinart

electric knifeThe Electric Knife is one of the few “automated” pieces of cutlery in the kitchen that makes sense. The electric fork for twirling spaghetti is a comedic disaster. A nice thing about the Electric Knife is that it is a kitchen multi-tasker.  It can be used for carving the Thanksgiving Day turkey, slicing home-made bread, filleting fish, and even cutting foam for new cushions.

This model CEK-40 from Cuisinart has stainless steel blades (one for bread and one for carving) and has an nice wooden stand for storage. It’s powered by a plug-in-the-wall 120 Volt motor so that means more power and no fussing with charging batteries (stay away from wireless when buying something like this). Ergonomic design with safety switch and it works for left or right handers (I’m a lefty and am grateful).

It’s a great deal and that first morning you use it to slice a bagel you see why it’s handy.

 Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife


Christmas Silverware Holders – Santa Suit Pockets

christmas cutlery

I’m certain you’ve noticed in a recent visit to any department store that Christmas is looming. Seems we are being trained to start preparing the minute after Halloween. I’ll admit that we don’t decorate in November but we certainly start to plan and collect what we’ll need for the holiday season.

These cute little cutlery holders for your silverware are perfect for the Christmas dining room table. Each Santa themed pocket will hold a fork, knife and spoon. They come in a set of 6 that include 3 pair of pants and 3 jackets. They are made of polyester so they will hold up pretty good but I wouldn’t recommend machine washing them.

Our plan is the pants for the boys and the coats for the girls to indicate seating arrangements. And they are not just for the kid’s table! (When will I finally get to sit at the adult’s table?).

Santa Suit Christmas Silverware Holder Pockets

Plastic Silverware

plastic silverwareLook again at the picture, that is not real silverware, it’s plastic. It looks amazing, holds up very well compared to the white plastic fork you are used to, doesn’t have the weight of the real thing but two out of three ain’t bad.

Of course it isn’t dishwasher safe as that is neither hygienic nor will it survive the wash (the coating will delaminate).  Yes, that makes it disposable and not something we should do everyday (look at recyclable cutlery here) but for special events like a a big Christmas or New Year dinner this is just perfect.

The 160-pc set includes 40 forks (plus a bonus 40), spoons and knives. The price compared to washing the real thing or even renting from a catering company just can’t compare. And if someone steals a spoon, you won’t mind at all…

 Reflections Heavyweight “Looks Like Silver” Disposable Flatware for 40


Spoon in the underwear to avoid “Arranged Marriages”

I know the title sounds like some sort of cliche saying of an old wives tale or a joke but it’s not. It’s a very serious topic and it stretches the boundaries of this cutlery blog for certain.

Sometimes we need to talk about other things to put our own lives into perspective.

Many young British girls (usually 15 or 16) are being sent to South Asia to arranged marriages, against their will. It is sometimes under pretense of  going on holiday with family and they have no way of escaping their escorts and getting help. Sometimes the airport is their last chance in Britain to get help.

So Karma Nirvana charity came up with the genius idea of a spoon in their underwear.  ‘If they don’t know exactly when it may happen or if it’s going to happen, we advise them to put a spoon in their underwear,’ said Natasha Rattu, Karma Nirvana’s operations manager.

When the spoon sets off an alarm, ‘they will be taken to a safe space where they have that one last opportunity to disclose they’re being forced to marry,’ Rattu told AFP.

You can help out at http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/