A sharp and sturdy knife is a food preparer’s best tool, yet cutlery items are dangerous implements when used improperly. Pay great attention to cutting technique and sharpening tips to avoid accidents and operate an efficient kitchen.
Free of Distraction
One wielding a knife needs to keep free of distraction and maintain concentration. Multitasking dilutes much-needed attention and leads to accidents and cut fingers. Respect the knife and give it 100% of your prepping attention.
Keep ‘Em Sharp
Contrary to intuition, a sharp knife is considerably safer than one with a dulled blade. Dull blades require more effort and sometimes slip off food surfaces. Contrarily, sharpened blades cut through surfaces with minimal effort and less opportunity to make a mistake.
Covered within the first hour of ‘Using a Blade 101,’ always cut away rather than toward yourself when using or sharpening a blade. If the blade is facing away from you, there’s no way it can inflict injury. Also, don’t ever use a body part to ‘check’ the sharpness of a blade. Keep blades sharp at all times and never use a body part in a testing process!
Not for That
Yes, knives could come in handy in a number of alternative situations; it could help tear open a piece of mail or accompany a Halloween prop. However, blades belong in the kitchen and reserved for preparing foods; don’t use sharp knives for other purposes.
Find the Right Knife
Technically, a sharp knife can address a wide range of foods, yet using the wrong knife for a task is asking for trouble. A number of knifes proliferate chef sets since different blades are used for distinct purposes. For example, a paring knife makes it much easier to dice fruits and vegetables. The task could be performed with a larger 8-inch knife, yet invites opportunity for making a mistake.
Let it Fall
Do not try to catch a dropped knife or attempt to save it from falling by pressing your body against the counter. Both scenarios lead to injury. Contrarily, a dropped knife only needs to be washed, which is not such a horrible consequence.
No Horsing Around
As obvious as not using on your body parts, do not use a knife to play with friends or family members or pretend you are a psycho killer. Please resist the temptation to act like a child (why children aren’t allowed near knives) and place yourself and others in unnecessary danger.
A number of methods sharpen a dull blade, including using a stone or sharpening knife. However, like using each blade, you’ll need to know how to address each kind of blade. For example, a serrated edge is manufactured at a different angle than other blades and requires a different sharpening technique. Find the right sharpening tools to complete the task and keep your kitchen safe.
The kitchen is a place to prepare delicious treats and not a destination for avoidable disasters. Mind the above knife tips and practice safety each time you’re in the kitchen.
Michael Perry is a busy dad and husband who likes to spend a lot of time in his kitchen. An avid cook, he enjoys writing about new techniques for aspiring chefs on the web. You can read his informative articles on many of today’s top websites.