After cookware, knives may be the most important piece of equipment that we have in our kitchens. From meat to vegetables and so much more, they’re essential for preparing a wide variety of ingredients, and there are few dishes that we’d be able to create without using knives in some way. Whether you choose to splurge on a high-end set or go with more affordable cutlery, it’s essential to take proper care of your knives to ensure they work well and last as long as possible. Here’s how.
Keep Them Sharp
The best way to keep your knives working well over time is to sharpen them regularly. Dull edges require more force to cut through food, which can lead to accidents and ultimately cause damage to the blade. Invest in a quality sharpener or steel and hone your knife regularly to keep the cutting edge sharp.
Hand Wash and Dry
High heat and harsh detergents can damage both blades and handles, so it’s typically recommended to avoid putting knives in the dishwasher. Instead, carefully hand wash your knives with mild detergent and a soft sponge. Once they’re clean, immediately dry them with a clean towel to prevent rust and corrosion and store them in a knife block or with blade guards for safety.
Use Proper Cutting Surfaces
Knives may be sharp, but they’re by no means unbreakable. To minimize surface impact against the blade of your knife, choose cutting boards made from soft materials such as plastic or wood. Never cut on hard surfaces like glass, marble, or ceramic, as these are more likely to damage your knife and become scratched from the blade.