A good set of knives is a boon for the kitchen. Having a variety of knives for peeling, mincing, slicing, and boning can make your dream of being a home chef come true.
“However, investing in a good set of knives is just as important as taking proper care of them. Using proper knife care can not only increase its longevity, but it can also affect its performance. Also, a dull knife can be dangerous and is likely to cause more injuries than a sharp one, ”said Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director of KAI India.
Here are some simple tips to keep your knives in good shape and increase their life.
Clean and store the knife: Do this immediately after you finish using your knife. This is important because leaving a used knife as is will allow vegetable, fruit, fish and meat residues to accumulate on it. This will encourage the growth of harmful bacteria that can enter your body later. A study from the University of Georgia shows that utensils can spread bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella between different types of products, which could lead to food poisoning.
Hand wash and dry properly: Dishwashers produce a great deal of force to clean utensils. This can damage your knife and reduce its sharpness and sharpness. Always hand wash your knives with mild dish soap. Do not use a scouring pad, be careful when washing the blade. Initially, you may want to wear a pair of gloves to save your fingers. Do not use soaps with citrus extracts or bleach, as they can oxidize. Rinse knife and towel dry immediately. Make sure all water and moisture has dried off the sharp edge before storing.
Avoid leaving knives in the sink or utensil drawer: The edges of a knife are sharp, and constant rubbing against a surface can make it dull. If you leave your knife in the kitchen sink before washing it or in the utensil drawer afterward, chances are its blades are constantly rubbing against other utensils. While this can cause cuts and marks on utensils, it is more damaging to the knife as they can lose their sharpness and usefulness.
Use a cutting board: They are your knife’s best friends for life. As the name suggests, the purpose of this kitchen tool is not only to organize your cutting process, but also to provide a cushion for the sharp blades of your knife. This is because if the blades hit a granite countertop constantly, the blades can become dented. If you use your hands as a base, you are likely to hurt yourself. Choose a wooden cutting board, especially for meats and meats, so you can easily clean them and prevent the transfer of harmful bacteria.
Sharpen the knife from time to time: As well as your chopping and cooking skills, hone your best friend, your knife, every now and then. This will save you from a number of problems, from injury to embarrassment. Sharpen your knife once a year, either at home with a whetstone or seek professional help.