Proper care for kitchen knives is a whole science, simple, but very important. By observing just a few simple rules, you can significantly extend the life of a good knife and turn routine cooking into an easy and fascinating process.
1. Use Your Knives Strictly as Intended!
Each knife type should be used only for a certain scope of work depending on its purpose: bread knife for slicing bread and pastry, boning knife for deboning, etc.
Under no circumstances should you use excessive effort in operating the knife (a good kitchen knife will not simply require it), the more so when cutting bones, cartilages or frozen foods, otherwise the blade can be irreparably damaged. For this purpose, you can use special-purpose knives, for example, boning knife or saw knife for frozen foods.
2. Pay Attention to Cutting Boards
Treat responsibly the selection of cutting boards. Most modern knives made from really sound materials hate contact with glass or stone, therefore, it is better to opt for soft plastic or wooden boards.
3. Take Care of Hygiene
Be sure to observe the hygiene rules. After use, any knife should be immediately cleaned of sticky pieces of food and other debris.
As a rule, manufacturers do not recommend washing knives in a dishwasher since water pressure combined with detergents can damage or deform the blade or handle from natural materials (wood, bone). After all, it is not difficult to rinse the knife under a water stream and wipe it dry.
However, there are exceptions: for example, Samura Bamboo series all-metal knives can be easily rinsed in the dishwasher.
Of course, if a steel knife with a plastic handle has accidentally ended up in the dishwasher, it will not deteriorate at one wash. The main thing is not to make it a bad habit. Hand washing without the use of aggressive detergents will leave bacteria and corrosion no chance.
4. Keep Comfortable
Careful attitude and proper care for kitchen knives is unthinkable without their proper storage. Do not place your knives near cutlery or other metallic objects as this could damage or blunt the blade. Better use special blocks for this purpose. The most popular and hygienic are magnetic holders for steel knives and universal brush blocks for knives made from any material.
Such accessories look great, take up a minimum of space, make it possible to carefully keep the main knives, as well as serve as an extra adornment for your kitchen.
5. Do Not Forget About Grinding and Sharpening!
Last but not least, be sure to sharpen your knives timely and properly. Over time, their cutting edges reveal microscopic defects that are invisible to the naked eye, but can compromise the cut quality. Moreover, they have a nasty property of increasing in size, thus threatening to disable the knife. Regular sharpening will help get rid of such defects and maintain impeccable sharpness. In this case, it is very important to observe the rules for sharpening a particular knife and use only the materials recommended by the manufacturer for each of them.