Which sharpener should you be using in your Kitchen?
Meat Hacks: Which sharpener should you be using in your Kitchen?
Learn which sharpener you should be using in your Kitchen with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.
Comparing knife sharpeners
Nothing makes processing as annoying or as difficult as a dull knife. When you can’t slice cleanly through a piece of meat you are damaging your product, adding processing time and most importantly putting yourself in danger. You might have heard me say in that sharp knives do not cause accidents, dull ones do! It’s true, a sharp knife will easily slice into whatever cut of meat you want, while a dull will skip or slip and then whoops, here we go to the emergency room! We sell numerous sharpeners that are designed to keep your cutlery in tip top shape so we are going to review and compare a few of them for you.
Most of the knives in your kitchen are just going to be slightly dull, not seriously damaged or have a truly rounded edge so we have purposefully dulled some knives here to the same degree as what you would normally find in a kitchen. We will be testing them before and after with the paper test which is an easy way to see if a knife is sharp. If the knife passes through the paper cleanly and easily it is nice and sharp, if it pulls or tears the paper then it is still dull.
The Multi-Cut Steel and is more abrasive than a normal steel, it also has these grooves which will help sharpen it up. When we try the paper test on this knife it grabs the paper instead of slicing cleanly through it. Let’s try running it ten passes a side on the Multi Cut steel. We want to make sure we are doing one side and then the other so we do not push the edge one way or the other too much. After about a minute of using this steel this knife is slicing cleanly through the paper, no tears or pulls. This was a nice and easy way to get us from a dull knife to a nice and sharp one.
Chef’s choice is a popular name in home sharpening and the Chef’s choice 120 120 is their economy model. The 120 works in two stages, the first stage has an orbiting diamond sharpening surface which helps sharpen and set angle of the edge and then the second stage is finer and hones the edge. The first stage will take quite a long time the first time you use a knife with this sharpener. This is because it wants to reset the angle of the blade, as the sharpener can only do one angle. You will have to make 15-20 passes a side with your knife. The good news is that according to the instructions you only need to do this one time per knife, subsequent sharpenings will only require 3-4 passes in stage one. So, I made 20 passes a side in stage 1 and 3 passes a side on stage two and the knife passes pretty cleanly through the paper. This took a little longer than the steel but still did a fairly nice job.
The Swiss Sharp Handheld Sharpener from Victorinox is an inexpesnive sharpener from a well respected brand. It has a groove at the end of the handle with two angled pieces of metal to sharpen the knife as you pull it through. As you pull the knife through you can hear the metal being shaved off and see some metal shavings. This did a surprisingly good job on this knife with minimal effort.
The the [Tru-Hone] (https://www.waltonsinc.com/tru-hone-knife-sharpener). This is what we use to sharpen our customers knives when they send them in and believe me when I tell you nothing else going to work as well or as quickly as this. It puts a great edge on any blade with minimal fuss, a blade that just needs a basic sharpening will be done a minute but it does have the ability to restore extremely dull knives or ones with large nicks in them. The only downside of this unit is that at just over $1,100 it is out of most people’s price range. We have a knife here in need of some basic sharpening so we are going to follow the simple and easy process that tru hone recommends. We will do three passes with the bevel set to the Red knob and the speed at a 7, then move the bevel knob to the white setting and do 2 more passes at a 7 speed, finally we are going to move the bevel down to the blue knob and move the speed down to a 3 and very lightly pass the blade through. If at this point we are not satisfied with our blade we will just repeat the process. But after a single run through this process you can see that this knife it razor sharp. Just to show you what this sharpener can do we have a knife here that we have intentionally ground down to have no edge. We are going to make 10 passes through the first and second steps and then 3 through the third. After going through these steps this is razor sharp again!
So of the four the Tru Hone clearly does the best job but for now let’s set that aside as the price point makes it a little unrealistic to have in your home kitchen. Between the Chef’s Choice and Swiss Sharp Sharpener I liked the Swiss Sharp better. It did a nice job with very little effort and it is about 1/3 of the price. The best of these three though was the Mulit Cut Steel. It worked beautifully, it is easy to use and is more versatile than either the Chef’s Choice or the Swiss Sharp.
For our product review we have the hexarmuor NXT cut resistant glove. A lot of cut resistant gloves are bulky and make it awkward to handle a knife for long periods. The hexarmor is nice and thin so I retain pretty much full range of motion and dexterity. It has additional coating that exceeds ISEA level 5 cut protection on the palm and first three fingers which is where the majority of accidents happen. We just sharpened this knife and I can press down and saw pretty hard and it is nowhere near to breaking through the glove. It also has the added benefit of being poke resistant where it has this extra coating. Again, I can stab at my hand with some pretty serious force and my hand is protectedc. So, do yourself a favor and add a Hexarmour NXT glove to your next order from Walton’s, they are only $15.99 and they can prevent a trip to the emergency room!
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Weekly Blog Post - Octopus and Squid, Vacuum Packing
Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long-term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!What Videos are being released soon?
Depending on what you see as soon we will have the almost complete first round of Meatgistics University Classes released. We have broken everything down into these categories; Meat Processing Equipment, Seasoning and Additives, Fresh Sausage, Cured Sausage, Jerky, Sausage Casings, Deli Meats, Smoked Meats, Cured Whole Muscle Meats, and Specialty Sausages. Each of these topics will have multiple entry-level classes covering topics like the type of casing to use, equipment needed and a basic processing class where appropriate.What Projects are we looking ahead at?
We are going to be doing two new Will it BBQ’s, hopefully, this week where we try BBQ’ing Squid and Octopus! The squid was a suggestion by Bob Zambutto through Walton’s Inc Facebook account! I had been wanting to do both of these for a while and when I went to our local Asian Grocery Store (Tai Binh for anyone local to Wichita, KS) and they had lots of options for both, they have almost anything and I got a few more weird ideas while I was there! Anyway, I picked up some baby octopus and a full size one, some small squid and two large ones as well. I am excited and nervous to see how this goes if nothing else it should be fun to watch!What’s on our Mind?
Did you know that you shouldn’t vacuum pack Mushrooms or Garlic? I was reading a Vacmaster VP120 instruction manual the other day and I saw an interesting note that said not to vacuum pack Garlic or Mushrooms! I had no idea that you shouldn’t do this so I thought I would share that with meatgistics readers to let you know not to do it as well. Apparently, they both are prone to bacteria that will continue to grow in oxygen-free environments. I was hoping it was something more impressive than that but it is good information to have.New Products
22" X 24" Collagen Sheets This are typically used for larger whole muscle cuts of meat, like when you are making prosciutto, capocollo, or other dried hams. This is an item that we have had lots of requests for over the years so we were happy to finally find a reliable and reputable source for it.
Thanks for the response!
I think a video on processed celery would be incredible. The only place I have been able to find celery powder as a cure was from “The Sausage Maker”, they have a Facebook page. It was expensive, designed only for sausages, and wasn’t packaged well.
As for the tackiness, good idea with the cornstarch! There are a bunch of big brands with zero additives that were able to achieve the soft texture with no tackiness, so I’m thinking it has to be in the processing. I read an article where someone at KRAVE mentioned a couple details about how they process their jerky. He said they first inject the meat, then cook the whole pieces, then slice, then marinate, then dry. I have messed around with the idea behind this process a lot. Injecting with brine, sous-viding at a variety of temperatures and times, slicing, marinating, and drying. Decent results, but to be honest the high sugar method you introduced to me has seemed to have better results.
Anyway, I will keep trying to figure this out and will definitely keep you guys posted if I make any headway. In the meantime, if there is anything else you think might be worth testing, please let me know! It would be great to try and perfect this process together.
@bob-s-meatgistics I moved one of my first pork butts into the oven and my whole house smelled like smoke. My wife did not stop complaining for a week until the smell was gone from both the house and the oven. I finish all my cooks outside. If you wrap it to speed up the cook you may want to unwrap it for the last hour to put the bark back on it.
@jonathon I am definitely going to purchase and follow the steps you’ve post, thank you sir! Additionally, if anyone has recipes, please share. I’ll try them all and post what my family thought of each. Thank you all, this is a very cool and educational blog, glad I found it wish it was years ago! Thanks again.