When you’re in the kitchen, some things will feel like clockwork. You prep your ingredients, cook, eat, wash everything you used, and then place them on a rack to dry. You do this every time you cook.
But one day, you noticed that it’s a little harder to slice a stick of carrot. Congratulations! You’ve dulled your knife without even realising it.
Bad Knife Habits
Blunt knives aren’t fun to use, according to knife experts at Perth Knife Sharpening. A dull knife is both terrible for cooking as well as dangerous to your wellbeing as the user. Certain foods like vegetables and meat rely on the knife cut to help bring about their unique flavours.
Most people won’t notice right away that there’s something wrong with their knives, but there are ways to extend a knife’s sharpness. Here are a couple of bad habits to avoid for the benefit of you and your knife:
- Scraping it across your board. The knife’s sharp edge is delicate when pressured from the side and can easily bend. If you want to scoop up your ingredients, angle the knife so that it’s almost perpendicular to the board.
- Using it on stone or cutting boards. Glass and stone can quickly dull a knife’s blade every time you use it as a chopping board.
- Putting it in a drawer. When stored improperly, knives can get nicked and dulled by the other materials in the same space.
- Washing and drying your knife the wrong way. Knives need to be hand washed and towel-dried immediately after washing, to avoid the risk of rusting.
- Using it for other purposes. Do not use it for any other purpose. Any other use would dull the knife more quickly than if it were only used for food.
Sharp Knife Equals Good Food
The flavour of your food is affected by the way it is sliced, which is why knife skills are important. The first thing culinary students learn at school is how to handle and take care of their knives. Most commonly with vegetables and meat, the kind of flavour they’ll have depends on how they are cut.
Your knives need constant care because they are one of the most important tools you’ll ever have in cooking.