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How to Take Care of Your Chef Knives

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How to Take Care of Your Chef Knives

Nothing is more essential (or thrilling) for cooks of all skill levels than having their own knife. You can express your uniqueness and work more quickly, effectively, reliably, and safely with the help of an excellent chef's knife. They're also a lot of fun, which is the best part.

To keep them in the best condition and to ensure that they continue to function at their peak, kitchen knives will always need some care and maintenance. No exception applies to the knives I produce. Stainless steel is used in some of the knives, whereas carbon (non-stainless) steel is used in others. Different amounts of care and focus will be needed for everyone.

You can keep your blades in good condition by following a few care and maintenance instructions.

Keep the Knife out of the Dishwasher

Dishwashers are a modern convenience, but never put your knife in one. Knife handles can shrink, bulge, or break when they are subjected to a lot of misuse, moisture, and temperature variations. You don't want your knife to acquire flaws and other unattractive characteristics that may be avoided. You can clean or rinse the blade after usage with some warm water and soap, then dry it right away.

Avoid Soaking the Knife

Avoid soaking a knife in water for any length of time if it has dirt adhered to it. If the knife is left damp or dirty for a long time, the handles will become water damaged, and the carbon blades will rust. You can clean or rinse the blade after usage with some warm water and soap, then dry it right away. You'll observe that, in order to keep their blades clean, most chefs frequently wipe them with a kitchen towel while serving.

Frequently Lubricate the Wooden Handle

Even though natural materials like wood or bone will have had several protective finishing layers put on them when they were produced, they will still require upkeep to keep them from drying out. If the handle appears to be dry or worn out, you should refinish it with Danish oil, butcher block oil, mineral oil, or any penetrating wood oil to help preserve the finish and protect the wood.

You can steel wool the joint or handle if it develops rough edges or joints due to the shrinking or swelling of the handle materials.

Carbon Steel Blades Require Special Care

Due to its heightened sensitivity to foods with high acid content, such as tomatoes, onions, and lemons, carbon steel knives require a few extra precautions to protect your blade. Therefore, it is essential to rinse your blade after using it to cut something and to dry it. If the acid is not rinsed out, it will start to erode the steel and harm your blade.

We advise oiling your knife after cleaning and drying it to protect the blade and promote a slow, even patina (a patina is "not" rust but an oxide layer that will shield the steel). Examples of food-safe, neutral oils are mineral oil and fluid film. It may appear on the blade as blue, purple, or gold in colour. In the future, the oil will serve as a barrier to help defend against exposure to moisture and acids. Excess oil should be wiped off and stored.

Sharpen Your knives

Keep your knives sharp to maintain their quality. Consider purchasing a "sharpening steel" for routine honing and a water stone for more intensive sharpening. Honing minimises microscopic dings and chips, and for any significant damage (aside from a badly chipped knife), a periodic session on the water stone will take care of the remainder.

Please avoid using any other sharpening tools, including belt grinders, electric sharpeners, pull-through sharpeners, grinding wheels, handheld devices, and electric sharpeners, since, despite their convenience, they are bad for your blades.

Selecting the Best Cutting Board

Although using blades on the incorrect cutting surface may appear strange at first, many individuals do it. Granite, ceramic, and glass are not meant to be cut. The sharp edge on the blade is continuously worn down or even broken by the rough surface. The hard, unforgiving surface does the blade no favours, quickly dulling the edge and perhaps causing long-term damage. Chopping directly on your granite countertop may appear harmless at first.

A board made of plastic or wood (end grain) is a superior option. The knife blade can essentially sink between the fibres on wooden boards, and both have advantages. By preventing the edge from shaking, this safeguards the blade and has the added benefit of preserving your cutting edge for longer. Plastic boards are soft enough to perform the same, and while they do exhibit cut marks, this is a normal part of their wear and tear. For a secure, sanitary clean, you may also place them in the dishwasher.

Conclusion

Knives are both investments and tools that are necessary partners in our daily lives. These are the reasons why they need to be maintained properly so that they work better, live longer, and give you a lifetime of service.

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