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The Sharpest Tool In The Shed

 

How would you like to be described? As sharp or dull?

Well, how do you think your knives feel?

I always get a little scared in my classes when I see people trying to hack through massive squashes or sweet potatoes with a little dull knife. This is how accidents happen. And bad ones at that.

Now, I am not about to pretend like I have superior knife skills. When I need things cut- getting them into pieces is great enough for me but I do know a thing or two about sharp tools.

Here are some key pointers to remember:

  • Get your knives sharpened regularly. Every 3-4 months if you use them daily or every six months at most.
  • Always use a wooden or a plastic cutting surface when chopping and slicing. Glass and ceramic surfaces taking down your knife’s edge! Just cause a knife won’t cut your granite counter, doesn’t mean your granite counter isn’t butchering your knife!
  • Avoid putting your good knives in the dishwasher and especially avoid harsh detergents (for health, water and knife reasons) Detergents are hard on the knives and the dishwasher can cause jiggling which can harm the edges.
  • If you use a wooden knife block- rest the knives balde side up so they won’t be resting on their own weight.

As for cutting- my best advice, never, ever, never cut with your finger tips out. Place them against the item you are cutting with your knuckles up so there is little or no risk of those precious tips getting caught on the wrong side of the blade.

Question Of The Day: What is one kitchen maintenance task you tend to put off?

9 Responses to “The Sharpest Tool In The Shed”

  1. "If you use a wooden knife block- rest the knives blade side up so they won’t be resting on their own weight." Great tip! I never knew that one!
  2. Metta said…
    A nice sharp knife is so wonderful, isn’t it? Are cleaning the floors considered kitchen maintenance? It is the one thing I dislike cleaning the most (ok, a gunky fridge might be the worst thing), and the main area that gets the dirtiest.
  3. Odelia said…
    I also really, really procrastinate mopping the floors in the kitchen. Maybe it's because there are so many things occupying the floor in my kitchen that it takes so long to clear 'em out before a wipe-down. Also, not a huge fan of cleaning a juicer. The juice takes a second to drink and yet the juicer has an infinite number of pieces...with infinite numbers of places for pulp to hide! Yes, life is soo hard. ;oP
  4. jamie said…
    I dont like cleaning the kitchen in general. I am all about making a mess cooking, then do love the cleanup. Thats why I get my man to do it. I cook, he cleans :O)
  5. Emily said…
    Where can you generally get knives sharpened? I didn't even know that was possible. I live in CA, so I can't take advantage of the man who does yours.
  6. Patsy Telpner said…
    As soon as Meghan told me about Mr. Sharp, i called and arranged for him to visit me and my knives. It was so handy. I had him do all my knives including the knives to my silverware which was fantastic. When you can use a straight knife to cut a tomato, well that is pretty awesome. Sharp knives are a must.
  7. Val said…
    I discovered the joy of knife sharpening a few months ago when I got my good knives (about 2 years old) sharpened for the first time. It makes such a difference! I just looked at Sharp My Knife, but I don't have enough that needs sharpening to make his minimum. However, there's a knife sharpening operation that goes to the Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market, so I took them there.

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