Taking care of your prized possession. . .Your kitchen knife
A nice kitchen knife is not cheap, but the right knife will reward you with the easiest chopping experience of your cooking life. Not only does it make dicing and chopping pleasurable, but it’s also safer than using a blunt knife – which can lead to stitches or worse.
Knowing how to care for your kitchen knives properly will make them last longer and work more efficiently. Treat your blade right and it’ll reward you with many years of service.
- Don’t leave your knives in the kitchen sink
Do not leave your knives in a sink full of water, not only is it dangerous for whoever washes the dishes, it’s also bad for your knives because the blade can get scratched, or the tip can bend or break. As soon as you’re finished using your knife, wash it, dry it and put it away in safe place.
- Always wash your knives by hand
Don’t wash your knives in the dishwasher, no matter what the manufacturer’s warranty says. Hand wash in warm, soapy water, with the blade away from you and dry your knife immediately after washing, to prevent rust and blotches forming.
- Don’t store your knives in the utensil drawer
You should never keep kitchen knives in a cabinet drawer because the blade can easily get nicked and scratched from being jostled around in the drawer every time you open it. A dedicated storage device is the best place to keep kitchen knives. Most knife sets come with a countertop wooden block that does the job. If you have other random knives, a wall-mounted magnetic rack is an option, though be mindful of the exposed blades.
- Sharpen the blade
Use a whet stone for sharpening your knife at home and get it sharped professionally once or twice a year if you are a heavy user depending on usage.
- Always cut on cutting a board
Marble, granite, glass or any solid surface is too hard for the blade. Stick with wood or plastic cutting boards, they’re the gentlest.
It’s easy: use it, wash it, dry it, store it. If you follow those steps, your knife will prove to be worth every cent you spent purchasing it.