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Re: Electric knives (was Foam wedges)
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- Subject: Re: Electric knives (was Foam wedges)
- From: Michael Morin <ba202@FREENET.BUFFALO.EDU>
- Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 23:48:48 -0700
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Yes!, I stand corrected...I meant to say ugly electric knife in the bolt
it to the wall case from Sears etc....
Twenty-five years ago, a good friend of mine was home from school for his
first, post-high school thanksgiving dinner. As a first semester student
at the C.I.A. (Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY, this
countries finest chef's school) my friend was enrolled in a "Meats" class.
So impressed with his son's new academic standing, the soon to be chef's
father (who was not a man to give up his tools easily ) announced to the
large family gathering, that this year, the son would carve the bird.
A bit cautiously the my friend asked for his father's and family's
indulgence, while he rushed up to his old bedroom to fetch his own personal
chef's knives, a set of professional tools, required technology back at
school. Returning to the head of the table, like a 15th century anatomist
he proceeded to make a few carefully selected cuts in and around the bird
with a small and unusually under whelming knife. Within seconds, he
reached with is cleanest hand deep in the exposed cavity of the creature
(like a drunk veterinarian delivering a calf) and with one, clean, jerking
twist, he removed the entire skeletal structure from the turkeyin one
intact piece, like some weird organic sculpture, leaving a steaming,
football-shaped mound of poultry, perfectly centered on the carving plate,
like a bronzed-skin Hindenberg, out of gas.
That day MeatMan was born and walked erect! So shocked was the assembled
gathering that he promised his parents that he "WOULD NEVER PULL THAT SMART
LITTLE TRICK AGAIN!"
I've never been able to get him to show me how it's done! And I can even
Not to be outdone, the next year I carved place card holders from blocks of
spam, complete with tiny paper drumstick caps for heat deflectors. One
gand mother thought it was chopped liver and tried to eat it! Strange
married to vegetarian
At 12:32 PM 5/8/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Please don't know the electric knife. My father (and now my brother)
>were in the butcher supply business. My father had nothing but scorn for
>the electric knife. It was not a real knife. Anyhow, my wife and I got
>one as a wedding gift in the 1960's and it is still my favorite for
>cutting tender material in thin slices without tearing or mutilating. We
>even get invited to people's houses when they're having turkey so that I
>can bring along my trusty electric knife and poultry shears. Needless,
>to say I have quite an armamentarium of many of the finest manual carving
>knives available. None come near the electric for ease and quality of
>cutting. In any case, I agree, it should be very good for foam.
>For those who don't know this product the cutting is done by two,
>serrated, reciprocating blades. Each is like a serrated knife--very
>sharp-- and the cuting is like you tried to cut with a knife making about
>1 cm. moves back and forth. If you have that much patience, you don't
>need an electric. If not, you might try one.
>.but those dumb electric knives
>> that everyone purchased for the high tech thanksgiving table back in the
>> 1960's work just as well on foam. Give it a try! The price is right.
>> Michael Morin
>> At 02:21 PM 5/6/98 -0600, you wrote:
>> >Is anyone aware of a source for foam wedge book supports in the U.S.? This
>> >style was introduced by Chris Clarkson many years ago. Thanks.