The 4 steps to cleaning and storing your knives

no-dishwasher

I think this is a very important post judging by the amount of times I’ve been asked this question recently, so please read on!

A fair amount of people have been asking me recently (which, when taking into account the wording on most knife makers packaging, is a fairly valid questions); ‘Can I wash my Knives in the dishwasher?’

The answer to the question by the way is NO!!!!

The retort?

‘But I thought that knives were dishwasher safe?’

This is true by the way, your knives are dishwasher safe in that they won’t destroy your dishwasher.

Your knives on the other hand will have become wonderfully blunt and if you continue to dishwasher them, then you will have some wonderfully blunt and probably chipped knives and if you still insist on putting your knives in the dishwasher, then they will eventually resemble the picture below:

You don't want this. This is bad

You don’t want this. This is bad

‘But it says they are made from stainless steel on the packaging, in fact it also says it on the blade of the knife, you cannot possibly refute THAT you…you…moustachioed man!’

True, it does say this, but as my moustache hides part of my face, so the lack of a space in ‘stainless’ hides part of the truth. So from now on, when you see ‘stainless’ read: ‘stain less’ as this in reality what it means.

Most of the stainless steel you see in knives have Chromium in them, 18% to be exact, this is the magic number which gives stainless steel its stain resistant qualities. The other two which you will be familiar with are molybdenum and titanium.

These metals will reduce the chances of your knives rusting away when introduced to acidic foods and water, but without proper TLC they may well still get a little rusty. If your knives have seen a little to much dishwasher action and need replacing, take a look at our wide selection and then follow the advice below.

So without further ado, here are the 4 ways to clean and store your knives:

  1. Wash in warm soapy water – DO NOT leave knives lying in the bottom of a soapy wash basin. Mostly because reaching around for a really sharp knife at the bottom of a sink is really not a good idea. (I speak from painful experience)
  2. Rinse the knife removing all soap suds
  3. Dry the knife carefully: remember you need those fingers for preparing tomorrows feast
  4. Now, not to give you knife storage guilt, but the best way to then store your knives (from best to worst) would be as follows:
    • On a magnetic rail or block
    • In a traditional knife block
    • In the box you bought the knife in
    • In a draw – (Storing them loose in the draw can be as bad as dishwashing them in terms of dulling and chipping the edge)

Now while the best place to store your knife is definitely not loose in the draw, remember the really important thing is to stay safe. So if that is the safest place for you to store your knives, do so.

So there you have it, now if you feel the need to chop, dice and mince your way to culinary brilliance but don’t have the knife to do it, then visit our Official site at SohoKnives.com to see our wide range of knives.

And if you do store your knives in a cupboard at home, take a look at these sharpeners, which are perfect for the home (if you don’t fancy using a steel or a stone) and will get your knives sharp again in no time! (and maybe this magnetic rail so they stay that way!)

Until next time!

 

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