Keeping Knives Sharp
Knives are one of the most versatile pieces of kitchen equipment, allowing you to cut and slice your way through kitchen tasks with ease. From separating vegetables, to cutting up meat, knives are an important tool, and it’s a great idea to invest in the best. However, over time knives can dull, especially if you don’t clean them properly, or get them regularly sharpened.
If you use your knives daily, you’ll know how important they are to cook with. Almost every dish (soup excepted) requires a knife at some point.
Some tips during cooking:
1. Scraping a sharp knife across the surface of a cutting board will dull a blade very quickly. You can use the back side of a knife to scrape the food and help prevent the blade from dulling.
2. If you’re cooking with someone, if they ask for a knife hand it to them with the handle first. This way, they won’t risk cutting themselves.
3. When using a board, try only to use wooden and plastic boards only. Knife wear occurs due to contact with the board, and glass or ceramic chopping boards wear out knives quicker.
For storing knives consider purchasing a magnetic wall mount. This way, your knives are always available, potentially out of reach of kids, and also likely won’t be dulled by lying in the drawer and clashing against other surfaces too.
There are two things you can do to keep your knives honed, and sharp. There’s a slight difference in the two, the first means that you’ll be evening out really small imperfections in the blade. For this, you’ll need a honing steel of some kind, and the action can be carried out at home. Sharpening is the action of essentially making a dull blade sharp again, and this needs to be carried out by a professional. Many butchers offer this service, so ask around your local area to find out where you can sharpen your knives at.
In the Dishwasher
Washing knives by hand isn’t the most efficient use of time, and handling a knife safely can cause issues when you’re wiping down. Instead, separate sharp knives in cutlery baskets within your dishwasher, and place them upside down to help avoid accidents. Your best knives need to be kept apart so they don’t knock together during a wash. This effect can also be achieved by purchasing a dishwasher with a knife rack, usually on the top drawer of the dishwasher. These can clean your knives effectively, and won’t cause issues that stacking them in a single basket might! Choosing the right dishwasher tablets can also help, as they help bring out the cleaning power of a dishwasher, and help maintain the shine. As such, consider buying Finish Dishwasher Detergent, which will cover all this, and more!