KitchenSteel knives are handmade from the best carbon steel, but like any quality tool, they need proper care. Do you have these beautiful knives in your kitchen? If yes, then you are lucky. And we'll tell you how we care for them. Here are some practical ways to care for your handmade knives:
Wash Immediately You Receive It and After Each Use
Once you get your KitchenSteel knife, you must wash it first. The knives come already oiled, and you need to remove that oil off. You can do that with warm water or a damp cloth and dry. It is also important that you wash the knives immediately after each use and never leave them soaked in the sink as moisture and warm water are the biggest causes of rust. Wash immediately after use and dry properly - it's easy.
Wash Them By Hand (NO dishwasher)
It may be tempting to through your knives into the dishwasher to get them clean with ease, but this is not something you should try because the detergents may harm the blade and handle. Wash your KitchenSteel knives only by hand.
Dry Them Immediately After a Wash
As mentioned earlier, moisture is one of the major things that can cause damage to your steel knives. You should never leave water on your knife after a wash. Make sure you dry the blade properly with a table towel after each wash. Do this carefully to minimize the risks of an injury.
Oil the Blade When You Need To
You will need to wash off the original oil before use, but ensure that you regularly oil the blade as you keep using it. You can do this with a special knife oil or with a regular food oil of your choice.
Store Knives Properly
Proper storage is another critical factor when it comes to taking good care of your kitchen knives. You need to ensure that your knives store separate from other utensils, in separate drawers, and away from the reach of children. You can also keep them on a magnetic rack or right on the wall.
Use Your Knives on the Right Surfaces
Hard surfaces like granite, glass, basalts, ceramic tiles, marble chopping boards, and the rest can do a lot of damage to your kitchen knives, but wood, on the other hand, is the friendliest material. Opt for wooden chopping boards and avoid using your knives on hard surfaces, to protect the blades and elongate their lifespan.
Using a dull knife is frustrating and can increase the risk of injury. So sharpening your KitchenSteel knife is another important thing to keep in mind. The blade will get dull from time to time, irrespective of how you care for it. Sharpening will make your knife more efficient and save you from different troubles. The best way is to use a traditional whetstone like "Toishi". Regular kitchen sharpeners can also help, but they don't work well with thick and strong handcrafted knives.
KitchenSteel handmade knives will be a great addition to your kitchen. Taking care of them is good idea if you want them to serve their purpose effectively and last as long as possible. The tips here will help you always do it right.