Kitchen knives are something you will find in every household.
Every single day, millions of kitchen knives cut, slice & dice various types of food. Since we all use them so frequently, proper kitchen knife maintenance is important.
With this in mind, we put together a step by step guide for your convenience.
Kitchen Knife Maintenance – Step #1 – Clean & Dry
Clean & dry your kitchen knife every single time you are about to use it, as well as when you are done using it. You should do this regardless of what kind of food you intend to cut, even if you are just cutting a single vegetable or a loaf of bread. Food remains & water on the blade can cause the surface to oxidize, resulting in discolored, rusty blades.
While following this step, a few other things should be put into consideration:
1. Never use a dishwasher.
The heat, moisture, and detergent can dull the knife blade and cause discoloration. In addition, your kitchen knife might get scratched from rattling around with other dishes and kitchen utensils in the dishwasher.
2. Do not leave your kitchen knife in the sink.
You should not leave your knife in the sink for the same reasons as you should not use a dishwasher.
The best way to maintain your knife is to wash it by hand. Use soap and warm water. Make sure that you dry it off with a towel after you washed it; if you let your knife air-dry, it will be susceptible to molding or rusting.
Kitchen Knife Maintenance – Step #2 – Storage
Where you choose to store your kitchen knife is pretty significant. But before we let you know where you should store your knife, let’s discuss where you shouldn’t store it.
We can all agree that its common to store your kitchen utensils in the drawers you have in your kitchen, right? Well, this is not a good idea when it comes to your kitchen knife. Letting it freely lie among all your other kitchen utensils can easily lead to a dull, scratched blade. If you only have one or two knives, investing in a knife blade cover would be a good idea.
If you have more then a few kitchen knives, a kitchen knife block would be a great investment. If you decide to buy one, make sure it fits all your knives, or buy one that already has knives in it.
Another place you could store your knives is on a magnetic strip. Keep in mind that ceramic knives won’t be able to utilize this storage method.
Kitchen Knife Maintenance – Step #3 – Honing & Sharpening
Some of you might wonder what the difference between honing & sharpening is;
Honing your kitchen knife basically pushes the edge of the knife back to the center and straightens it.
Sharpening, on the other hand, is a process where bits of the blade is ground and shaved off to produce a new, sharp edge.
You should hone your knife more frequently then you sharpen it. While some people hone their knife before each use, this is not required. We recommend that you hone your knife about once a month. Sharpening your knife should be done at least annually.
Doing this in addition to the other two steps will keep your knife as good as new!
And that’s it! Kitchen knife maintenance has never been easier!
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