I cling to the knife. My hand, white-knuckled and aching from the exertion, trembles. But I can’t give up. So I bravely fight on, even as the yellow slab of cold butter stubbornly refuses to yield under the pressure of the blunt blade.
This is the typical scene of carnage playing off in the kitchen on a daily basis, especially during these chilly winter months. Even though my culinary skills are legendary in their blatant absence, I pride myself on the fact that I can at LEAST butter toast. Except during winter, or when I have to deal with butter that has been refrigerated, when hours of hacking away result in just a few rock hard shavings and a battered block of butter. Just the mere thought makes my hand spasm!
I’ve always suspected that I can’t possibly be the only one to crumble when confronted with a block of cold butter. Luckily, someone in Britain must’ve hated it enough too, because that is where the sharpest gadget I have seen in a long time has just been unveiled.
British bakery chain Warburtons is creating quite a stir with the spreading news of its brand new invention, a battery-operated butter knife. Powered by two AA batteries that fit into the handle, an element in the blade heats up to a toasty 41.8 degrees Celsius to ensure that it will melt even the most frozen block of butter.
A button on the handle will let you switch it on and a flashing LED will indicate when the blade is on and hot so that you don’t accidentally touch it. This knife, appropriately called the Toastie Knife, will allow you to butter a slice of bread in 30 seconds.
Unfortunately, the knife is just a working prototype for now. There is no word on when it will spread to store shelves in the UK or to the rest of the world, but I fervently hope that it eventually will! Because I reckon it’s the best thing since sliced bread.