Kitchen knives are no stranger to everyone. The kitchen can't work without them, and so as families. Our knives work hard day in and day out and they deserve to be treated better. Therefore, we'll share all the 5 easier ways to care for and clean your cooking knives! Keep scrolling!
1. Never ever put your knives in the dishwasher
Sharp knives are not suitable for washing in the dishwasher, especially expensive knives. Prolonged hot water rinses and collisions with other dishwasher items can cause premature dulling of the knife blade. Dishwasher detergents are also highly acidic and can lead to rusting.
2. Clean the knife with a cotton cloth or sponge
The best way to clean high-quality kitchen knives is to wipe them with a cotton cloth or sponge and squeeze a bit of dish soap on them. We recommend wiping the knife clean immediately after each use so that food has no chance to dry on the blade (as dry food is more difficult to clean).
3. Don't store kitchen knives in cluttered drawers
Cluttered kitchen drawers can be dangerous for knives. The blade can hit other metal utensils and cause dulling or scarring. The most correct and safe practice is to use magnetic knife holders or knife racks to store knives safely.
4. Use the right knife for the task
I guess that's why boning knives are called boning knives and bread knives are called bread knives. Although chef's knives are also known as all-purpose knives, a Chinese Cleaver is your go-to choice if you want to cut through joints and bones. Moreover, using the wrong knife for the task is potentially dangerous. It increases the risk of injury while accelerating the dulling of the knife.
5. Choose the right cutting board
To extend the life of your knife as long as possible, you should always cut on a cutting board. There are these 4 common cutting boards on the market.
- Wood Cutting Board
- Plastic Cutting Board
- Bamboo Cutting Board
- Glass Cutting Board
Your cutting board should not be made of any material harder than the knife itself. That means no glass cutting board option. We also don't recommend cutting directly on granite or marble countertops. All three of these cutting boards are cheap. Use one!
Choosing the right knife, cleaning it properly, and caring for it will give you years of cooking enjoyment. How do you clean your knives? Share with us!
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