Knife Care Keeping Your Knifes Sharp

Aug 24, 2020
 

 

Knives are used to perform a variety of tasks in your kitchen, from dicing vegetables to cutting up poultry and slicing a birthday cake. Each type of knife is used to perform specific tasks. How you handle and take care of your knives is extremely important in the life of your knife. 

Keeping your knives sharp is at the top of my kitchen essentials to-do list. Here are my tips to follow.

  • Always check the edge of a knife to make sure it is sharp. A sharp knife is much safer than a dull knife. Having a sharp knife helps to prevent injury because less pressure is required to use a sharp knife as compared to a dull knife.
  • No matter what type of knife sharpener you use, be sure to sharpen your knives from the heel to the point of the blade. This will ensure the entire blade is sharpened and not just a portion of it.
  • Be sure to have a good grip on your knife handle and hold it straight up and down. No tilting the blade. 

Here are my do's and don'ts to remind you how to take care of your knives so they will serve you well and last for many years to come.

The Do's

  • Hone or sharpen your knives before every use or after several uses.
  • If your knives are really dull and you don't have access to a good sharpener, take them to a professional to be sharpened.
  • Hand-wash them right after use.
  • Dry them immediately with a cloth.
  • Hang them in a knife block or on a magnetic strip.
  • Use a cutting board at all times.

The Don'ts

  • Put them in the dishwasher.
  • Put them in the utensil drawer where they can get chipped.
  • Chop or cut on your countertop.
  • Leave them to air dry.
  • Leave them in the sink with other dishes.

Here is a link to my knife sharpener I use daily.

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