Proper care and maintenance for your knife, will help to extend the lifespan of your knife. Let us look at some of the tips to care for and maintain your knife.
Types of knife
One may feel that a knife is a knife, it can cut anything as long as it is sharp. Using the same knife for everything will shorten the lifespan of the knife. As simple as said, use the right knife for the right task. Use a fruit knife for the fruits, the bread cutter for your bread, and a knife catered for sushi. Types of knife do matter!
Using the knife
If you have the right knife for the right task, you also need to cut on the right surface. Do not cut onto a hard surface such as marble, granite, or any other types of hard or rough surfaces as this will dull the knife in no time. How do you check if the surface is too hard for cutting? Well, one tip is, if the knife doesn’t scratch the board will be too hard for the edge. What you will need is a cutting board. What makes a good cutting board? Choose a wooden cutting board or a plastic cutting board.
Knife cleaning and storage
Dishwashing is NOT RECOMMENDED when it comes to washing and cleaning your knife. The good old-hand wash goes a long way. Dishwashing the knife will damage the handle due to the heat. And washing with so many items in the dishwasher, hard objects will ruin the edge of the knife. Strong detergent can increase the rate of rusting of the blade. The dirt, oil, grime, and sauce from other items may cause discoloration to the blade or handle. The knife gets dull in the dishwasher due to the heat, moisture, and detergent, Generally not a good idea.
Always remember not to leave your knife in the sink. Soaking it in water or soapy water for too long or overnight is also a no-no! You will never go wrong by hand washing your knife with hot/ warm water with mild soap and wipe it dry with a towel. Then store it well in a kitchen knife block, pretty much the gold standard when it comes to knife storage. It keeps the knife away from other items or utensils and minimizes chipping and dulling. Never store individual kitchen knives in a kitchen drawer mixed with other objects.
Proper storage of the knives helps to ensure the longevity of your knives. Another way is to invest in good knife blade covers to store the knives.
No matter how sharp the knife, you will still need to maintain it by sharpening it from time to time. A dull knife is more dangerous then you think. Keeping the knife sharp, keeps you safe. Bring the knife to a professional to sharpen the knife for you. Or you can sharpen the knife yourself. There are a few ways to sharpen the knife your self. For example, you could use a stone sharpener or an electric sharpener.
These are useful tips for your knife maintenance. When done right, you could even keep the knife for life!
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