How to Keep Your Knife Sharp

A sharp knife can create a better dish. Meats are more tender, fruits and vegetables maintain their integrity and your meal prep and presentation can end up ten times more appealing when you use a sharp knife. Ok, so, aside from actually sharpening your knife, what are the best ways to maintain that sharp cutting edge?

First of all, you need to store your knives properly. A knife block is best because being tossed around in a utensil drawer can damage and dull knives over time…not to mention that is just not a safe practice if you would like to keep your digits.

Next, you want clean your knives correctly. The dishwasher is out because knives can also bang around in there, and the high heat can harm your knife handles.

Plus, you want to use your knife properly. The best way you can do that is to choose a good cutting board. Butcher block style cutting boards are durable, yet allow your knife to slide easily between vertical wood fibers. Plastic cutting boards are next best because they are also pretty easy on your edge. What’s more is that plastic cutting boards are inexpensive and can be tossed in the dishwasher for sanitization. Although glass, marble and ceramic cutting boards are a beautiful addition to any kitchen, they can be hard on knife edges, so you may way to stick to serving appetizers and the like on those.

And please, please, please only use your knife in the manner it was intended. Hammers, screwdrivers and crowbars can be found in your garage. Step away from the knife block! ☺

Sharp shoppers know that whether you need a top-notch knife, cutting board, knife block, knife sharpener or any other kitchen product that is a cut above, Discount Housewares is the place to go! Discount Housewares can be found in four convenient locations – Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton, Renninger’s Flea Market in Mt. Dora, Waldo’s Farmers and Flea Market in Waldo and The Market of Marion in Belleview, Florida.