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One day I came home from the grocery store so excited to dig into all of the juicy tropical fruit I'd scored. The deep reds, bright oranges, sunny yellows, and rich greens were truly gorgeous. I was going to make a delicious fruit salad.

Then I tried cutting into the fruit, and my knife just sort of smooshed it all. Ugh!

I needed to sharpen my knife in a pinch -- trouble is, I don't own a knife sharpener. So I figured out the next best thing: my morning coffee mug.

It's true, the bottom of most ceramic coffee mugs have a flat, unglazed ring that is the perfect surface for giving that dull knife a quick sharpening. Just run the blade across the bottom of the mug at a 45-degree angle, working from the butt up near the knife's handle to the tip. Slide the blade downward in one direction, keeping your fingers out of the way as you work.

This little trick will sharpen your knife like new in a few quick strokes. Just don't use try it on serrated knives.

Now, if you've flipped over all of your mugs and none have the unglazed ring, no worries -- a terra cotta pot will work just as well. Or try flipping over some of your soup or cereal bowls.

Think that's cool? I have some easy ideas for sharpening other kitchen implements too!

- Sharpen can opener blades by running a piece of waxed paper through the mechanism. It will clean and sharpen in one quick step.

- If your scissors are dull, fold a piece of aluminum foil several times and give it a bunch of snips with your scissors. You won't believe the difference. If you don't have any aluminum foil in the house, try cutting through some sandpaper instead; it'll give you the same outcome.

See? It's never too late to sharpen your kitchen skills.

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  • Harry Hurt

    CJ, that's hilarious. Put that knife down, dear.


    WOW! I thought I knew it all!!! One of the sanitation issues is my work kitchen (I am a chef) is the unannounced health inspector's visit. Although, our kitchen is very clean and up to health and sanitation standards , the last person who may have opened that mesy can of tomates, etc. may not have wiped down the blade, etc., the aluminum foil trick works in a pinch..BUT.. do not neglect to sanitize all your tools/equipment on a regular timely basis to stop any unwanted bacteria build up!

  • Katie

    My aunt would take the knife outside and sharpen it on the sidewalk.

  • CJ

    I live in The Great Smoky Mountains and take my knives to The Smoky Mtn Knife Works. They charge $1.00 a blade and sharpen only strait edge knives. No scissors swords or, machetes.

  • Alberta B. Henderrson

    Use a glass coca cola bottle or any glass. Pretend to cut by wacking the glass bottle rubbing both blade. What a quick sharpener?

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