It’s important to keep in mind that good kitchen knives are no ordinary utensils, so they must be treated with the utmost care to ensure that they remain in tiptop condition. Regardless of how sharp it is, a knife is a fragile piece of equipment that can be dinged, banged and damaged if it’s mistreated. In this article, we have outlined 6 of the most common knife care mistakes that you’re probably making.
1. Don’t leave them in the kitchen sink Not only is this dangerous for whoever puts their hands into the water, it’s also bad for your knives. The blade can become scratched or (even worse) the tip could bend or break off. As soon as you’re finished with the knife, wash it, dry it and put it away.
2. Don’t store them in the utensil drawer This is actually one of the worst things you can do, as the blade can easily become scratched or dented from being jostled around in the drawer every time it is opened and closed. If you don’t have an alternative place to store your knives, at least use a sheath.
3. Always wash them by hand Whilst the dishwasher might be a convenient way of getting your dishes clean, it does pose the risk of kitchen knives getting dinged during the wash cycle. You should always wash them by hand to ensure that they don’t knock against anything.
4. Don’t leave them to dry in the dish rack When you place a knife in the utensil bin with all the other utensils that you’ve just washed, you actually run the risk of dulling the blade. Instead, you should immediately dry it after washing and put it away. This will also help to prevent mold and mildew growth.
5. Sharpen the blade This is like giving your knife a tune-up. There are actually a number of ways that you can do this, such as: using a honing steel, a knife stone or even sending it out to a professional. If you aren’t confident in your skills, we do suggest sending it to someone who is.
6. Always cut on cutting boards You should never, ever cut directly on your countertop. Marble, granite and any other solid surface is simply to hard for the blade to handle. Instead, you should stick with wood cutting boards, as they’ll be the gentlest on the blade and keep it sharp.
By following the information provided above, you can rest assured that your kitchen appliances will be properly cared for and that they will reward you with an effective chopping experience for many meals to come. If you see someone else making one of the above mistakes, ensure that you step in and explain why they shouldn’t do that. It takes everyone to care for these Cheese Knives properly.