You work hard day after day to save the money that you need so that you can have the best of everything that you want and can afford! We all want the best of everything as it is just human nature to want the best of everything. If you are like me, the kitchen is your favorite place in the house and you love to cook just like me and that means that you also want to get the best kitchen knives possible for your culinary adventures. Along those lines you will also want to learn how to take care of those knives so that they will last a lifetime. Kitchen knives are tools like any other tool you can use and they have a specific purpose, also they require a certain amount of maintenance and care to stay in top performing condition.
Here are some straightforward simple tips that will allow you to have your best kitchen knives give you a lifetime of service.
1. Do not cut anything on a surface that is not designed to be cut on. An unsuitable surface can damage your knives primary cutting edge. Use a proper kitchen cutting board only. A hard rock maple cutting board is the best.
2. When you are done with your cutting and chopping chores make sure that you wash your kitchen knives in hot soapy water and hand dry them with a lint free towel or cloth. Many people just throw the knives in the dishwasher and this is the worst thing you can do to your kitchen knives. The phosphates from the dish soap and the heat from the dishwasher itself will dull your knives primary cutting edges and destroy the grips of your knives as well knives guaranteed! Wash by hand only and be careful!
3. Don’t use any kind of abrasive powder or any type of scouring pad on your knives. There is absolutely nothing that can’t be cleaned off of your knives by hot water and liquid soap and a sponge or wash cloth. The abrasive powders and pads will only succeed in scratching the surface/profiles of your knives and in turn the abrasives will dull your primary cutting edge as well.
4. Most knives today are made of stainless steel of different varieties, but “stainless” only means that a knife will “stain-less.” No knife is totally stainless or stain free. Knives will discolor and/or tarnish with time if not cleaned and maintained properly especially after cutting acidic foods such as lemons, peppers, and tomatoes. This discoloration can be treated with a good quality metal polish and lint free towel or cloth to bring the original shine and luster back to your knives.
5. A sharp knife is safer then a dull knife so don’t let your best kitchen knives go dull or blunt. Learn how to sharpen your knives with one of the many ways that a knife can be sharpened such as bench stones/whetstones, electric knife sharpeners, guided sharpening systems and carbide sharpeners. Keeping your knives sharp means they never get dull. The army used to teach that “A knife is your best friend.” Your kitchen knives are your best friends in the kitchen. Keep them sharp!
6. Don’t try to cut frozen foods with your kitchen knives. Defrost your food in the microwave first. don’t be impatient! Never try to use your kitchen knives to cut bone. Your knives are used for cutting and chopping. If you need to cut bone then get a meat cleaver. Trying to cut bone or frozen foods will only dull and chip your blades and you don’t want to do that to your best kitchen knives.
7. IMPORTANT: Keep your knives out of the reach of your children and store them in a safe and secure place like a locked kitchen drawer or in a knife block or magna bar high enough from the floor and counters to prevent your children from reaching them. Make sure that when you are done using your knives that they are secured. I prefer a kitchen drawer with a lock on it and blade guards on each of my knives. I know this can be a bit of a hassle, but we are talking about the safety of our children