How to Treat Your Knives
A high-quality, sharp knife can make all the difference in the kitchen. Good quality cutlery can be a little on the pricey side. If you properly care for your knives they will last for years. Follow these simple steps when caring for your knives:
- The best place to store knives is in a wooden knife block. You can also store knives in a drawer if they are properly sheathed to avoid damage. You can create a protective knife sheath by folding and taping cardboard or thick paper over the blade.
- Thoroughly clean your knives with soap and hot water after each use. It is best to hand wash cutting knives, as many are not dishwasher safe.
- Make sure knives are completely dry before storing to prevent rusting and corrosion.
- The edge of a knife tends to roll to one side or another with regular use. Sharpening steels are meant to realign a knife’s edge to the center. In order to correct this, you should use a sharpening steel after each use, making sure to use the same number of strokes on each side of the knife.
- Never allow your knife to get dull. How often you sharpen your knife depends on how often your use it, but you should sharpen your knives at least a few times a year with a knife sharpener such a s a traditional knife sharpener, electric knife sharpener, or a knife sharpening stone.
- Using a wooden cutting board is the best cutting surface for your knives. Cutting surfaces made out of glass, marble, or other hard materials cause knives to become dull quicker.
- Remember to always use the correct knife for the task at hand.
Follow these easy steps for maintain your cutlery and your knives will stay in great working condition for a long time to come.