Top Five Tips For Keeping Kitchen Knives Sharp
You might not know this, but a dull kitchen knife is 10 times more dangerous than a sharp one.
Trying to cut anything with a dull knife, makes prep time much longer and more frustrating than it needs to be. Making a healthy and delicious salad is a snap with a sharp kitchen knife at hand.
Simple tasks like cutting ripe fruit, a tomato, onions or meat is much harder with a dull knife, and you have increased the risk factor of injury immensely. This healthy green salad you see above features cut up chicken, strawberries, peppers and mushrooms. It was created in minutes using a sharp kitchen knife. A dull knife is truly an injury waiting to happen.
Here are my Top 5 Tips for keeping your kitchen knives sharp:
- Never store your kitchen knives in a drawer with the rest of your kitchen stuff, use a knife block or edge protectors.
- Always use a cutting board, plastic or wood is recommended.
- Ban your kitchen knives from the dish washer, simply wipe them after each use and dry with a hand towel.
- Hone the knife blades regularly with a honing steel, this will re-align the blade elements.
- Use a recommended sharpening tool or have your kitchen knives re-sharpened professionally once a year.
How can you tell if your kitchen knife needs to be re-sharpened?
Here is a quick test for you… Rest your knife on a ripe tomato or piece of fruit, there is no need to apply pressure or an ‘incentive’ to cut.
Move the knife lightly back and forth on top the tomato. If your knife starts slicing on its own or bites into the skin of the tomato, you have a sharp knife and can postpone sharpening for another time.
If your knife can’t cut through the skin of a ripe tomato then you have a dull knife on your hands and better get it sharpened pronto.
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Do you sharpen your own kitchen knives or have it professionally done? Leave me a comment below.