My K tip is on proper knife care. 

If you have nice knives you will really want to make sure you protect your investment.  If you have cheaper ones you may want to take the plunge into some nice knives.  Since knives and cookware are two of your most used tools, it makes sense that you would want to have quality tools for the job.  A quality painter isn’t going to have the cheapest brushes, right?  You spend so much time in the kitchen why not get the tools that will make the best use of your time.  Yes, a proper knife can save you time and money.

If you don’t already have quality knives you can start by getting one at a time and don’t be afraid to mix and match.  A knife set is not necessarily the best way to go.   There are lots of recommendations on the internet.  You can try America’s Test Kitchen or Alton Brown.  You may also find some books on the library as well.

Back to the knife care part of the tip. 

  • Always read the use of care for each knife. 
  • Don’t wash them in the dishwasher!!!!
  • Wash and dry them immediately.  Keep a damp towel right by your side with detergent or bleach to wipe knives down as you use them.
  • If you don’t use the towel, be sure to wash them separately.  This will prevent you getting cut when sticking your hand in the sink but will also keep them from being damaged or damaging other items.
  • If you use a block to store them in, place it blade side up.  Don’t put blade down as it will rub on the wood more and will dull it faster.
  • Honing tools help keep the blade straight.  This is not a substitute for sharpening.  You may need to sharpen your knives once a year depending on use.  A professional knife sharpening may be needed if you have high quality knives. 

If you have any other tips on knives please make sure to share them with us and leave them in the comments. 

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Have a “Sharp” Day!