When you are ready to buy cutlery it’s a good idea to do some research before you actually make a purchase, especially if you are just starting out. Choosing the proper cutlery can be confusing for even a professional chef and certainly more so for an amateur cook. There are many elements to consider including how you will use and store your cutlery and many options including knife blocks, a knife or cutlery roll, a magnetic knife holder and fitted cutlery trays along with individual knife protectors. Part of buying the right knife is knowing how you will use it, clean it and store it.
Since knives are used to prepare food, proper hygiene is paramount. An inferior knife which has rough spots or irregularities can harbor germs and breed bacteria while a knife which has loose rivets or a blade that wobbles is a food trap and a danger to use. One option is to invest in knives featuring stainless steel one-piece construction – brands such as Global® offer such knives for both professional and home use; they are similar to a scalpel in design so you can readily see how they are hygienic and easy to use and clean.
Most professional chefs clean their knives by wiping them with a damp cloth and then using a towel to dry them completely before storing. Knives which are damp may rust or corrode over time. While it may be tempting to put your knives in the dishwasher this is never a good idea; the hot water in the wash cycle and the heat of the dry cycle will damage the integrity of the knife construction. Knives should never be submerged in water for any length of time.
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