Sharpest invention not a pain in the butt(er)

Posted by redsaid
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on Friday, 29 June 2012
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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.

toastie-knife

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.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

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AznHun
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AznHun Friday, 29 June 2012

good invention

defo a good invention since sliced bread ! Glad Warburtons took on the challenge and came up with this product . However spreadable butter in a tub is easy to use than a brick

Muscadecipio
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Muscadecipio Monday, 02 July 2012

Spreadable butter

Ever wondered how they make it spreadable? Read the bottom of the tub. I like the knife but holding an ordinary knife in the steam from a kettle also works, and you get a cuppa as well :p

redsaid
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redsaid Friday, 29 June 2012

Tubs

Hey AznHun! Yeah, this gadget IS nifty, isn't it? About time too! I just hope it becomes a genuine product now.

Actually, I've found that only SOME brands of tubs remain fairly soft, even when refrigerated. Others are almost just as hard as bricks! So a tub isn't always a guarantee for softness.

(I can't believe we're waxing philosophically about... butter!)

Twar
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Twar Friday, 29 June 2012

Cool Idea

I actually thought that a heated butter knife already existed, but after doing a short google search now I couldn't find one. Anyway, this is also a nice gadget, although it will still leave you with hard butter:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Q9YXXK/

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Charmed Monday, 02 July 2012

I want!

Will follow closely to see when it's not a prototype anymore. I have when butter isn't soft :(

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