Kitchen knives are meant to last, but when they don’t, many homeowners start pointing fingers at the manufacturer, alleging that the knife is of poor quality when in essence it is all about inadequate care and maintenance. Today we look at the various mistakes that you make when looking after your knife.
Leaving Knives in the Kitchen Sink
Not only is this dangerous for any person that will wash the dishes, but it is also a bad habit for the knives. The blade can get scratched, or it can even get dented, worse still, the tip can break or bend. So, what should you do – the moment you finish using the knife wash it and place it away in a safe place?
Storing the Knives in a Utensil Drawer
The common trait among homeowners is to throw the knife into the utensil drawer along with other utensils. The knife can easily get dented or scratched from all the jostling with other utensils in the drawer. If you don’t have somewhere to store the knife, then you better use a knife sheath to guard its blade when you store it.
Washing by Machine
Yes, some knives come with the promise of being machine washable, but what you don’t know is that the blade gets dinged during the washing cycle. Make sure you wash the knives by hand to maintain the blade, and the handle as well.
Drying the Knives in a Dish Rack
It might be convenient, but you run the risk of dulling the blade when you place the knife in the rack. The knife gets to share space with other utensils in the bin. Make sure you dry the knife immediately after you clean it so that you prevent mold and mildew from growing. Put it away in a safe place where it doesn’t come into contact with other utensils.
Cutting on Granite Surfaces
The countertop, regardless of the material used in its design, is too hard for the blade. The material, whether granite or marble is too hard for the blade and can make it dull.
Not Sharpening the Blade
Just like any other tool out there, you need to tune up the knife that you get from Cut It Fine once in a while. You need to use the right kind of sharpening tool to get the knife in the right condition. Stick with cutting boards made of wood because they are gentle enough on the blade.
Avoid these few mistakes to make the cutting process easier and extend the life of your kitchen knife.