Meat Carving Knives
There are three tools used for cutting meat: a meat carving knife (comes in a set which includes a two-pronged knife), a cordless meat carving knife, and an electric meat carving knife.
Carving knife sets
A carving knife set consist of a long knife and fork. A meat carving knife generally comes as a set which includes a two-pronged knife to hold the meat stationary while cutting. The knife itself has a serrated blade and it typically about the size of small chef’s knife only not as broad bladed.
For a little more money you might opt for the Wusthof 9704 Gourmet 2-Piece Carving Set for $70 or the J.A. Henckels Twin Pro-S 2-Piece Carving Set for $100.
Electric meat carving knife
A quality electric meat carving knife can make what might otherwise be an arduous task into a simple one. Not only for the person doing the carving, but for the lucky recipients.
Most electric meat carving knives clean up very easily, especially those with a detachable blade. Simply remove it and clean it with a soapy sponge and water or alternatively you can place the knife blades in a dishwasher. The separation of blade and motorized handle also allows for easy storage of the unit in a drawer or cupboard.
There are dozens of brands of quality electric meat carving knives most of which are priced at $50 and above, however, there is still the old standby classic Hamilton Beach.
It’s relatively inexpensive and basically effective, but it’s very slow and can be quite noisy – It kind of saws as it goes along so you may end up with a somewhat shredded texture.
Look for two sets of detachable blades on an electric meat carving knife – one for slicing meats (longer) and one for bread or vegetables (shorter). Also try to buy one that has at least 100 watts of power or more (A high torque motor will allow you to cut through the thickest of meats.) and a long enough power cord to reach all areas of your kitchen.
Keep in mind that a cheap (under 30 dollars) electric meat carving knife will break more often and the blades won’t always cut consistently. Some are too loud while others won’t let you get a good grip while cutting.
Who makes the best electric meat carving knife?
Cuisinart has the top rated electric knives per Amazon.com, Cooking.com, and the Wall Street Journal. Other brands like Black and Decker and Oster produce electric meat carving knives but the quality is just not there.
The best value electric meat carving knife
The best on the market is the Piranha electric meat carving knife, priced at or around $39.95. The knife is touted as useful for carving turkey or filleting fish. Its one caveat is its short cord – not something that is going to reach across the entirety of most kitchens (unless you live in NYC). Also check out the Black and Decker SlimGrip which retails for less than 20 dollars. It gets the job done without breaking the bank.
Cordless carving knives
A cordless carving knife is by far the best device in terms of efficiency and convenience. A cordless carving knife is normally less expensive than an electric carving knife, although you may notice a slight power difference as the motor is smaller.
There’s no doubt that a cordless meat carving knife is the way to go as long as you don’t sacrifice power for portability. The Sonic Blade performs extremely well compared to other brands. Although the battery weighs the knife down a bit, the blades are strong and the motor is definitely powerful enough to carve up your feast.
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