Whether you are a homemaker or a professional chef at a five-star restaurant, good knives need to be cleaned and stored properly for long-lasting use.
If you make real efforts to take good care of your kitchen knives, it will repay in the form of a smooth and effortless experience—cutting, shredding, chopping, etc.— every single time.
Here in this article, we'll guide you on how to maintain your arsenal of knives, so scroll down and have a look:-
- First things first, always use a knife according to its proposed use. For instance, never have a chef's knife to cut meat because that's the job of a carving knife, and boning with a specialised boning knife,
- Avoid making sideways movements with your knife, as this will ruin the edges. Run the knife only up and down.
- Be wary of the hard seeds, bones, and frozen, as cutting through them will make your knife blunt and even chip the blade.
- Avoid putting too much pressure on your knife.
- Always use a plastic or high-quality wooden cutting board. The glass and marble are much easier to clean, however, too hard for the knife's blade.
A sharp knife is powerful and safe to use. The sharper the knife is, the fewer chances you'll cut your fingers. Why? Because a sharp knife will seamlessly follow the movement of your hand and won't slip.
Further, a sharp knife won't be damaging the cells of your food. Therefore the preservatives and ingredients are going to taste fresh for longer. Take your kitchen knives to sharpening specialists, and avoid doing it yourself as you might get hurt.
It is highly recommended that you wash each knife with hands, even if the label reads it is dishwasher proof. A knife with a wooden handle will get damaged if you dishwash it.
Still, prefer washing your knives in a dishwasher? Ensure that each knife must be put nicely inside with the blade pointing up. And, then to decrease the chance of rust, immediately dry the knives after you dishwash them. Don’t use detergents as they can cause irreparable damage to your knives. Such detergents have an effect on plastics and hardened steel and leave rust on the blade.
Do not store individual knives in a drawer. After all, they may bump with other hard objects, lose their sharp edges, and lead to other damages. Besides, it is never a great idea to blindly put your hand in a kitchen drawer that houses sharp knives.
Use a knife block, knife magnet or a knife guard for proper storing of your kitchen knives. There are several options for knife organizers and blocks in the market, where you can put your knives safely.
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