Dull Knife? No Sharpener? Grab a Mug

The quick answer to a dull knife, because the cooking must go on!

5/11/2021 3:00:00 PM

The quick answer to a dull knife, because the cooking must go on!

Ever been stuck in a vacation home with a dull knife and no sharpener? If there's a ceramic mug, plate, or bowl in sight, don't worry—you've got the means to give that blade a wicked edge. Here's how.

1:26I don't remember where I first saw this in action, but I do know I've been doing it since at least high school. Most ceramic plates, bowls, and cups have an unglazed rim around the very bottom, where the piece was in contact with the floor of the kiln. This unglazed ceramic is harder than metal and can be used just like a sharpening stone.

Britney Spears Likens Conservatorship to Sex Trafficking at LA Court Hearing: 'I Am Not Here to Be Anyone's Slave' Senators say deal reached on infrastructure proposal as bipartisan agenda faces make-or-break moment Britney Spears Tells Judge She Wants Out of Conservatorship: “I’m Traumatized”

All you've got to do is flip the mug over and run the knife blade along it, holding it so that the edge maintains an angle of about 15 to 20 degrees. For the best edge, I like to start with 10 to 15 strokes on each side, then do five to 10 on each side, then four, then three, then two, ending with a series of single strokes on each side. This method creates a new edge that is relatively symmetrical, and it's remarkably effective. Within 30 seconds, I transformed a knife that could barely hack through a potato into one that could effortlessly slice a tomato.

In those rare cases in which you have a dull knife and cooking to do, but no ceramic in sight, the top edge of a rolled-down car window will work just as well. Even a smooth stone or slab of concrete outside can work in a pinch. Read more: Serious Eats »

Biden unveils strategy to stop gun crime as summer violence spikes

President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a 'comprehensive strategy' to combat rising gun violence.

Even better than a ceramic mug is a china plate. Porcelain provides a finer and stronger sharpening surface than ceramic.

Scientists prefer studying pretty plants to dull onesA new study has found that plants with blue flowers are heavily over-represented in scientific research But blue is such a lovely colour 😄 horrible Psychopathy/anti-social personality disorder

‘Queen Marie’ Review: A Well-Dressed but Deadly Dull Historical Primer on Romania’s Last QueenOn an official visit to lobby for international support of her beleaguered country amid the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, Queen Marie of Romania expresses her frustration that the press coverage is …

Knife skills need some work? Chef Jet Tila shares his cutting-edge techniquesJet Tila breaks down what to look for and how to care for and use your knives — and makes two grilled dishes to put the skills into practice. Disconnect. On the Voice, great Marshall’s commercial using BTS’ Dynamite song. Too bad there’s no Asians in the visual. asianheritagemonth promoted by the Today Show

Viewer shares mug shot with Sunday TODAY-themed birthday cake!Willie Geist wraps up Sunday TODAY by sharing mug shots sent in by viewers. This week, Willie gives a shout out to Rebecca and Mae in Florida; Janine and Carson in Indiana; Michelle and Luke in Ohio; Janet, her daughter Jenny and grandson Sam in New York City; Ginny, Franchesca, Maryana reunited with their nana in Florida; Liz and Genevieve in Minneapolis; Alyssa and Arlene in Pennsylvania; and Lacey in Washington celebrating her birthday with a Sunday TODAY-themed cake! To share your photos, use SundayTODAY on social media.

How Celebrities Are Celebrating Mother's Day 2021Grab some tissues and prepare to call your mom.

‘Queen Marie’ Review: A Well-Dressed but Deadly Dull Historical Primer on Romania’s Last QueenOn an official visit to lobby for international support of her beleaguered country amid the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, Queen Marie of Romania expresses her frustration that the press coverage is …