Just like with any other investment you make, you intend to keep the cutlery that you have purchased in a top notch shape for as long as possible. For this to happen, you have to treat the knives in a certain way, paying attention to details that you might normally ignore. We know that it’s rather unpleasant to be forced to resharpen the knives once every few months, so we wrote this article to help you prolong the blade sharpness of the cutlery that you own.
Sharpening the blade might be the ultimate solution to save a knife, but it’s one that you have to avoid for as long as possible by properly using the cutlery, to begin with. If you take proper care of the cutlery that you own and you make it a point to follow the advice that we will offer in this article, you will not only have to sharpen the knives once per year if not even less often than that but you will finally use the cutlery as you should, not producing damages anymore. Here are the four tips that we hope you follow every day from now on:
One of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to the cutlery is that they store the knives with other kitchen utensils. The proper way to store the knives is separately from other utensils so that the blades don’t get damaged by foreign objects. Basically, you should have a separate storage spot that is 100% dedicated to the knives. This storage space can either be an entire drawer where you only place knives, or it can be a wooden block or a specially designed knife block that is made from a different material and that you place on the counter.
Another option that you can go with if you like is to buy a magnetic board and place the cutlery there, thus ensuring an easier access to them. However, this isn’t an option that we recommend you go with because there’s the risk that you might knock the board down, causing some of the blades to break.
Another rather common mistake that you probably make yourself without even realizing it is to use the wrong cutting surface. When you use the knife for various cooking tasks, you should avoid performing the cutting on hard or metal surfaces as they directly affect the condition of the blade, making it necessary to sharpen it more often.
What you should do is to cut on plastic, wood, or polyethylene as these surfaces aren’t as hard and they can’t affect the blade’s sharpness. The ultimate solution to go with would be to use a bamboo cutting board. The reason why this is our best recommendation is that bamboo isn’t only friendlier to the blade but because it’s a healthier and more sanitary surface to place the foods on as well.
Although there are a lot of knives that the manufacturers promote as being dishwasher safe, it’s still not a good idea to follow this method of cleaning the cutlery, regardless of how trustworthy the brand that produces it is. We aren’t saying that the manufacturers are lying, but rather that it’s best to avoid doing this as blade sharpness decays faster if you use the dishwasher.
It might sound bothersome to some people to hand wash the cutlery, but the truth is that this is the safest method to go with, by far. When you’re done using the cutlery, simply use a cloth or a sponge on which you put a mild dish detergent, and gently scrub the surface of the blade with it under a jet of warm water. Make sure to rinse the cutlery well, and let it air dry completely before placing it in its assigned storage space.
It won’t take long to do it and the reward is very gratifying as you will actually save time in the end as you won’t have to resharpen the blade too often. Also, you won’t affect the quality of the knife at all but rather help maintain it. Therefore, make sure that you don’t use any other method besides hand washing when it comes to cleaning the cutlery.
We can’t stress enough about the importance of using the knives as they are intended. One of the biggest reasons why the cutlery pieces lose their sharpness is exactly because they’re used for different tasks than they should be. For example, never use the paring knife for boning as you might end up damaging the blade, even breaking it.
What you should do is to learn more about the knives that you own before you start using them in improper ways. We recommend that you read our article about the kitchen knives types as here we further explain for what purposes the cutlery pieces have been designed. Thus, you will know for exactly what tasks you can use certain cutlery and what tasks should be avoided, prolonging their sharpness by being better informed.