Whether you've been cooking for a long time or you're just getting into it as a hobby, you probably know that having good knives is very important. There's more to the story than just buying the right brand and type, though. You also want to take proper care of it. Not only will that help your knife last longer, but it will keep it sharper. Unfortunately, you might be making a very common mistake that's dulling your knives.
In short, don't drag your knives! It's so easy and convenient to drag them across the cutting board to get the last little bit of something into the pot or pan when you're chopping, but it's hard on the edge of your knife and could be dulling it faster. Instead, just turn your knife upside down and use the back of the blade to move things from the cutting board into the pan. Because a lot of accidents in the kitchen happen due to dull knife blades, you can protect your knife and your fingers at the same time.
Even though dragging the blade is probably the largest and most common mistake people make when they're cooking it's actually not the only thing that could be causing your knife's blade to need sharpening more frequently. Other common issues include using the wrong surface when you're slicing and dicing, using a chef's knife on bones, and putting your knives in the dishwasher. They really should always be washed and dried by hand.
While you're looking for ways to protect your knives and take great care of them, also remember not to store them where they can rub against other utensils in a drawer, and don't use them for other things, like opening boxes. They aren't made for cutting cardboard, or tightening a screw because you can't find a screwdriver. Treat them well and take good care of them, and they'll last for a long time. You won't need to replace them nearly as often that way, and they'll also do their job better when you need them.
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Until next time,