Saturday, November 14, 2009

English Muffin Survey

With all the things that a couple can agree not to agree on, you wouldn't think that how to open an English Muffin would be one of them.

I'm hoping that by doing a survey, you guys will be just the right mix to help settle the score for us.  I won't tell you who does it which way but here are the two methods used in our home.






A.  Carefully slice it with a sharp knife into two equal halves.

B.  Take a fork and pierce it all the way around the outside and then open it up creating two equal halves.

I know that I could just as easily put a stop to the ongoing debate by buying pre-sliced ones but thought it would be more fun to see how the rest of you open them.

If it turns out I've been doing this wrong my entire life, I'd rather admit it to you guys than my hubby any day!

So tell me, how do you open an English Muffin? With a knife or a fork?

37 comments:

Erin M. said...

I buy the pre-sliced ones, but if I don't, I slice with a knife. That being said, I believe you're supposed to do it with a fork all the way around.....

Can't wait to see the other responses!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

A knife....a fork??? How do you open one with a fork??? Please tell me you are the knife...

Frau said...

I buy the pre-sliced ones! Sorry but i'd say knife if I had to!

Buckeroomama said...

We always buy the pre-sliced ones, but if I were to open one, I'd use the knife.

I had to re-read the fork bit, just to try to understand why one would want to do that when a knife would be so much quicker. :)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I always use a bread knife if I don't buy the already-sliced version...and sometimes even with the already-sliced version just to make sure each half is even! :)

Tara said...

We don't buy english muffins a lot, but I'm gonna say knife.

Kimi said...

I'm all over the pre-sliced but assume I got a pack that wasn't I'd use a knife.

Noelle said...

a knife. when you use a fork to split it, it causes chunks to fall off in the toaster and BURN (i hate that smell) and it makes lots and lots of crumbs in the toaster crumb-pan-catcher-thingee.

Ina in Alaska said...

I have both a knife AND fork at the ready. Some English muffins are resistant to the simple forking technique. My favore are cinnamon raisin muffins (even though that was not part of the survey).... xoxo

yonca said...

I sometimes buy english muffins(pre sliced). But if not, I should say knife. Have a great week!

NYCGAL said...

I buy Thomas English Muffins and they are pre-sliced but I end up pulling them apart with my hands so one half is always smaller and broken apart lol! If I use a knife with this brand the same thing happens :O

Too Many Hats said...

Well, I haven't bought English muffins in eons, so I may not be much help, but I would use a knife.

Life Laugh Latte said...

No...no...no! You pull them apart with your fingers. You don't want to cut up all the nooks and crannies! Holly:)

blueviolet said...

Well, I used to cut it apart with a knife until I somehow managed to slice my hand open. I can't think about english muffins without thinking of blood at the same time now.

So, I use the finger pull apart method for my own safety.

KaLynn said...

I do presliced ones but when I have on accident bought the other kind, I used a knife. The fork method just seems it would take too long along with the fact I would never have thought of it.

Kitty Moore said...

Definitely with a knife! Although a fork is more imaginative...

WhisperingWriter said...

It's been awhile since I had those.

I think I opened them with a knife because afterwards, I used that same knife to put jelly on them.

staceyjwarner said...

I would use scissors, LOL!

much love

kys said...

I buy the pre-sliced ones because I'm accident prone. (If for some reason they aren't pre-sliced, I use a knife.)

Respectfully Yours said...

We use a knife. Not a fork.

Connie K said...

I use a knife !! :)

Sharon said...

FORK! I can't imagine using a knife... that seems sacrilegious!

smiles

Bev G said...

Um, I know I'm supposed to use the fork, but generally it's a knife these days since there's only me here.

ZenMom said...

Sorry, we buy pre-sliced too. But if we didn't survey says....knife.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Pre-sliced for me, but I think using a fork is supposed to be the correct method.

Menopausal New Mom said...

Okay, so now with 25 replies, it's time for me to fess up and tell you that almost every one of you voted for the knife and in doing so, voted for my HUBBY!!!!

I have always used the fork method. Ina was kind enough to tell me that years ago, there was actually a commercial on TV instructing consumers that using the fork was the correct method to use when opening their brand of bagels.

Personally, when I use a knife, I can pretty much be guaranteed that one side will be too wide for the toaster, plus as Blue Violet pointed out, there is a big risk of slicing your hand open. Not only that, the knife collapses or squishes all those nice little holes inside the muffin where the butter is supposed to melt.

I'm begging you guys, next time try the fork!!!

You are all such great sports for voting, even if it wasn't for me Lol!!

Thanks so much (for making my hubby's day!!!)

Martha in PA said...

I know I'm way late... don't know how I missed this one, but it is always a FORK, never a knife for english muffin dissecting!

Anita said...

I haven't bought English muffins in years. We've been on a bagel kick. But now that you've mentioned it and gotten my taste buds excited, it's going on the grocery list. Yum!

mama-face said...

LOL. This is the funniest question ever.

I don't even eat english muffins but I will choose the knife method. But I don't think I'd really be all that careful in my slicing. They might come out uneven. gasp. :-)

gayle said...

I pull them apart with my fingers if you are still asking!!

Cristina said...

I don't use either. I pry it open with my beautifully manicured hands (not so manicured - not in a while).

Following you because the Queen has spoken!

xx

Cristina

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

It is a knife for me or I pull it apart with my fingers when I'm too lazy to get a knife out. Gosh, I hope you're the knife. I found you from Lee's recommendation and am following along. I like the way you think.

2 Toddlers and Me said...

That's very interesting. I've never tried opening one with a fork before, I'm a knife girl myself.

Janie B said...

I'm not much help with this one. I choose whichever utensil is closet to me at the time. Both work.

Helene said...

I usually buy the pre-split ones but when I have the regular ones, I use a knife. I never even thought that much about it! LOL

LPC said...

Fork. Old-fashioned that way.

Rook No. 17 said...

Stopping by from Lee's blog Hormones Headaches and Hotflashes ~ so glad I did! I love your style! I do believe that somewhere in my past I was explosed to the fork-technique of opening an English Muffin. I'm more of a crumpet kind of gal myself, but on the occasion that I've cracked a British Biscuit, it's been with a knife. It appeals to the OCD, Type A part of me that has to have everything perfectly even and smooth and clean :)