Saturday, January 28, 2012

Caring For Knives

It's time we talked about knife care. With proper care, your knives can last for years. (The knife you see in my videos is one my grandmother used for over 60 years, and is almost 70 years old.)
  Never put your knives in the dishwasher.  The heat and hot water can destroy the handle, take the temper out of the edge, (dulling the knife more quickly) and if the knife has a burr on the edge, can actually put small pieces of steel on your dishes and cups!  Nobody likes to eat steel!
  Carefully hand wash your knives as soon as possible after use, dry them well, them place them back in the block.   Wipe down wooden knife handles with olive oil every two weeks.  This will keep them from splitting and cracking by replacing the natural oil in the wood.
  If you have a knife block with vertical slots, place the knives in upside down.  This keep the knives sharper longer, because your'e not dragging the edge over the wood every time you withdraw the knife for use.
  I will revisit this topic from time to time.

Never A Dull Moment!

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