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Knife Care and Use


Always handle you knives with care. Even a blade that has gone a little dull can cut through skin. Often a dull knife can become more dangerous than a sharp knive as you will need to use more force to chop and slice, which means you may be more likely to slip and cut yourself.


Sharpen your knives regularly. Sharp knives are not only easier to work with but require less pressure when cutting. A sharp knife will cut through your meat or produce easily, reducing the chance of accidental injury.


Put knives down where they can be seen. When working in the kitchen, remember to place the knife where it is easily visible. Do not place knives near the edge of a counter when they can fall - a sharp knife dropped onto your foot can be a painful injury. Make sure they sharp knives are place out of reach of children.


Alwasy pick a knife up by its handle. Hand passing a knife to someone ealse always pass it by the handle.


Always use the right knife. Vegetables, meat, fish, cold cuts and bread have different textures. Using the right knife for the job makes cutting easier and reduces the chance of mistakes or injury.


Cut away from your body. Always cut away from your body or hand, it only takes a little slip to cut your finger or thumb.


Wash knives separately. Keep your sharp knives separate from the rest of your dishes while cleaning. Never leave your sharp knives in a sink full of soapy water, you may reach in and grab the sharp edge. To dry the blade use a soft cloth and wipe from the spine of the knife to the sharp edge, never dry a knife by wiping along the length of the blade.


Store knives safely. Proper knife storage helps extend the life of the blade and prevents injuries. Either a knife block or a magnetic knife rack are good ways to store your knives. Never just place a knife in your kitchen drawer without a protective cover.


Never run your finger along the edge of a knife to tes the sharpness. To test the sharpness of a knife it is best to carefully scrape your thumb or finger across the blade edge (like shaving with a razor), but be extremely careful - a properly sharpened knife will cut your finger with only a little bit of pressure. An eve better way to test the sharpness of a knife is to cut something!