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    Categories: Eat & Drink

My new fave gizmo: AnySharp

Here’s what you REALLY need for the holidays: Sharp knives.

Your feast prep can be fun or miserable and it mostly depends on the condition of the tools you’re using. There’s a reason chefs travel with their own knives—they have only themselves to blame if the blades are not in tip-top, razor condition. Then again, pro kitchens pay to keep the knives sharp. It’s a maintenance task that slips by many home cooks. But the fact remains: Dull knives make life miserable.

People send me stuff all the time, and most of it I just ignore. But this new gizmo is a winner: It’s called an AnySharp. It’s a small tungsten carbide sharpener that works on any size knife blade and can even sharpen your serrated blades using very little pressure. It clamps down to the countertop so it’s stable and it’s small so you can leave it out within reach whenever you need it.

Plus, it’s inexpensive—under $30.

So go on—slice, dice, make julienne fries in only seconds, as the Ronco ads used to say—without plugging in or programming anything.

Just Google it on Amazon.

Mary Brown Malouf :Mary Brown Malouf is the Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.