how to clean an electric carving knife

Where would we be without our electric carving knives? Can you imagine having to cut meat joints by hand? Terrible! These appliances make short work of carving and allow us to enjoy our Sunday roast with less effort.

But how do we look after them? This is often something that is overlooked. If yours is looking a little worse for wear, we have created a guide on how to clean an electric carving knife below.

Cleaning Electric Carving Knives – An Easy Guide

There are usually only two main components for these devices – the blades and motor housing. This makes cleaning quite easy, but you should be diligent and wash the device after each use.

Also, check the instructions, as the blades may be dishwasher-safe. If so, this can greatly reduce the cleaning time.

Step 1: Remove the Blades

It’s best practice to detach the knife blade immediately after you have finished cutting your meat. This allows you to soak the serrated blades while you are enjoying your meal to quicken the cleaning process.

Step 2: Wipe With a Dry Cloth or Paper Towel

With the cutting items detached, wipe them first with an old dry cloth or a paper towel. A dry cloth will help remove most of the juices, grease, and meat debris before washing them.

Don’t use a wet cloth first – washing them with a wet towel or cloth may simply smear the juices and grease. Also, it could ruin your dishcloth. Therefore, a paper towel or an old cloth you don’t intend to use again is preferable.

Step 3: Soak in Warm, Soapy Water

After giving the blades an initial wipe, let them rinse in warm water with dish detergent while you eat your meal. The idea is that the hot water will dissolve and loosen any remaining grease and debris. Once you have finished your food, most of the cleaning work will be already done.

Step 4: Rinse

Hopefully, you have just enjoyed a fantastic meal. Now, take the blades out of the water and rinse them under a tap – this will help remove any greasy water.

Step 5: Wipe the Blades in Clean, Soapy Water

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We still need to give them a wipe to remove all the dirt and grime.

But don’t use the same water. This water will now be full of grease and bone juice, so if you clean your blades in it, you will just make them worse.

Therefore, empty the water, rinse your sink, and put in some fresh hot soapy water. You can now wipe the blades by hand with a wet cloth. Make sure you apply pressure and wipe thoroughly. However, be careful when handling them to avoid cuts.

If you find that meat and dirt are still stuck between the serrated parts of the blade, you could use an old toothbrush to scrape away any excess mess.

Step 6: Dry With a Paper Towel

Once you are satisfied they are clean, give them a final rinse under a tap and dry them with a paper towel or dry cloth. You can also leave them out to air dry in a safe place.

Step 7: Wipe the Motor Housing

Don’t forget the motor housing. It can still get dirty as you are handling the meat.

Ensure the device is unplugged or has no power before cleaning it. You can then wipe it with a wet cloth and warm soapy water like you did with the blades.

This part shouldn’t need as much effort, as the housing usually keeps cleaner. You could consider wearing rubber gloves when using the electric knife in the first place, too – this should help prevent getting a mess on the housing.

After wiping it, dry it and place it back in its storage – simple.

Take Good Care of Your Electric Knife

We hope you have found this guide on how to clean an electric carving knife useful. If you have purchased a knife, make sure that you clean it after each use – especially the blades. This will ensure you can keep slicing up those amazing roast joints for years to come.

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