A kitchen knife is one of the main cutlery, and today it is impossible to imagine cooking without it. In each house there are a couple of knives for cutting, meat, vegetables, and simple daily use. However, in order to keep the knife in excellent condition and to use it correctly, you need to know 13 important facts about knives that are useful for everyone to remember.
Use a kitchen knife for food only.
How often is a kitchen knife misused in your home? Perhaps this is one of the reasons that he quickly comes into disrepair. Kitchen knife should be used only for cutting food.
Do not throw off the cutting blade
How do you remove chopped vegetables, pieces of meat, etc. after work from a plank? Blade or the blunt side of a knife? The correct answer: the blunt side of the knife. And this habit must be developed.
Keep knives sharp
Oddly enough, but getting hurt with a blunt knife is easier than sharp. The thing is that you put more effort into the work, as a result of which the blade can slip and injure you. That is why you should constantly maintain a sufficient sharpness of kitchen knives.
Maintain order in the kitchen
Then it will be more pleasant to work, and all objects will lie in their places. On the kitchen table should not be anything extra.
Choose a suitable work surface.
The cutting board must be made of wood, bamboo or plastic. If you use stone, ceramics, glass or metal as your working surface, then very soon the knife will become unusable.
Use the serrated knife correctly
This is not a drink, which means you should not constantly “crawl” with a knife on the bread to cut off a piece. Often, in order to cut off a neat slice of a loaf with such a knife, only 1-2 movements are required: practice, and you will definitely succeed. Then the serrated knife will serve you faithfully for a very long time.
Do not try to catch the knife falling to the floor.
On the machine, a person may try to catch an object falling on the floor, and the same thing happens with a knife. Still, it is better to let him fall quietly, and you - to remain safe and sound.
All knives are individual, choose a model for yourself
One knife is convenient to use for one person, for another it will be, for example, too large. Knife knife, and before you make an important and expensive purchase of a kitchen knife, hold it in your hand and, if possible, test it.
Wash knives immediately
If you postpone washing dishes in a distant drawer, then a small pile of dishes will probably form in the sink, among which there is a knife. Do not tempt fate and wash it immediately: being in a soapy, slippery sink among other dishes, the knife can be potentially dangerous.
Use the knife correctly
Many people forget a simple but well-known truth: during work, move around the table not with a knife, but with the object you are cutting. The knife, in turn, moves only on a vertical surface, and the object — a vegetable, meat, etc. — is firmly pressed by hand to the working surface and moves back and forth.
Additional security will not be superfluous
Before working with a knife, put a kitchen towel under the cutting board so that it does not slide.
Use knives as intended
A small knife with serrated ends is ideal for cutting steaks, but they decisively cut everything that is possible. Each kitchen should have a minimum set of standard knives, which include a knife for cleaning vegetables and a multi-purpose chef's knife.
Do not purchase large sets of knives.
As practice shows, in everyday life a whole collection of knives is not used in an ordinary kitchen. Instead of a huge set, choose a few good knives that you’ll definitely use.