Knife Care: How To Care for a No-Sharpening Knife – Part 2
Welcome back to the Easy Slice blog! Last time, we started delving into how to properly care for your knives. Proper knife care is one of the most important things you can do to help your cooking prep and protect your investment. When treated well, quality kitchen knives are not only safer and easier to use, but they are also more likely to last for years and years. That knife set that sits in the knife block on your grandparent’s kitchen counter? If you treat your knives well, they can easily become just as lasting a kitchen staple as those knives your grandparents have had since they married. This is precisely why it can be better to invest in high-quality kitchen knives instead of buying less-expensive but lesser quality sets. You can learn more about looking for quality components in our past blog here.
In the first blog of this series, we started with basic knife care steps to keep your standard and no-sharpening knives in great shape. First, never drop your knife in the sink when you’re done using it. Instead, take the time to clean it and put it away. This helps prevent the sink’s hard surface and other things in the sink from nicking up the blade and dulling it more quickly. Second, find a safe way to store each knife individually. This doesn’t mean a separate drawer for each, but you will want to invest in knife sheaths, a knife block, or some other means of protecting the blades from bumping into anything hard enough to ding and dull them.
Knife Care Tips Continued:
Don’t put them in the dishwasher
Didn’t think about that one, did you? Most people don’t. For most of us, the dishwasher is one of those modern day conveniences we don’t even think about, because it’s such an integral part of our lives. However, there are some things that should never go in your dishwasher because the heat and water pressure can damage them. Non-stick pans are a good example of this, because the heat and water pressure can actually take off that non-stick coating. Likewise, quality cutlery sets should never go into the dishwasher. The water jets will bump your knives around, whether you stick them on the top rack or in the silverware basket. If putting a sharp knife in the sink will damage it, just think about how much more damage the dishwasher will do! And, depending on what the knife handle is made of, the water and heat can also serve to wear down and peel apart the handle long before the blade has lost its usefulness. Your knives are a lot more likely to make it to heirloom status if you wash them by hand with a non-abrasive sponge or washcloth.
Dry them by hand, too
While you’re washing your knives, take the extra minute required to dry them off and put them away. Putting them on a drying rack may seem harmless, but they can get banged around and nicked just as easily on a drying rack as they can in the sink. Go the extra step and dry them off before putting them away. Not only will it minimize damage to the blade, it will also cut down on the risk of mildew or mold forming on the knife.
Always use cutting boards
So far, we’ve talked about all the ways to care for your knife after you use it. But how you use it can be just as impactful. When you go to slice, chop, or dice, make sure you’re always doing so on a cutting board. Even if you just need to cut up a few strawberries really quickly, doing so on a tile or granite counter will damage your blade, and doing so on a formica countertop will damage the counter (and probably your blade too). All of this goes double for a no-sharpening knife. If you want to ensure your knives stay sharp, a soft surface like a wooden or plastic cutting board will help the blade last.
Buying Quality Kitchen Knives
The other key step if you want knives that last generations is to invest in quality kitchen knives. When we talk about quality, we don’t necessarily mean the most expensive knives you can find; instead, we mean knives that are made to a certain level of quality. You can read more about the qualities to look for in our previous blog, or shop the Easy Slice online store! Our no-sharpening knives are made to a 57 Rockwell hardness, so they will stay sharp use after use. In addition, the double-scallop serrated blade means you’ll be able to slice straight with ease, and the no-slip golf ball grip gives you better control to minimize kitchen injury. Want to learn more? Check out our full range of quality kitchen knives today!