Kitchen Tips

The Best Ways to Choose Use and Care for Knives

Everyone vouches by the Japanese saying, “To cut is to cook.” In fact Japanese knives are known for their sharp cutting edge and precision around the world. Next comes the Thai knives.

The art of cutting and chopping requires a great knack no doubt, however without a great knife the act of cutting becomes a tedious job no matter how skillful the chef is.
In fact more than knife skills, owning a good knife is one of the most pivotal things your kitchen demands.

From choosing the best knife to using and caring for it, Asian Inspirations brings to you some of the best knife tips that come in handy.

How to care for your Asian Chopping Knife

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Choosing a Knife

Here are 3 important factors to consider while choosing a knife:

1. Hold each knife in your hand to check if the grip is comfortable.
2. The lighter the knife the easier to chop: Choose a lightweight chopper which is good for finely chopping vegetables which makes the process quicker. A heavy knife can be used to chop solid food such as nuts, palm sugar etc.
3. Choose a knife with a good blade: Good knives are often made of non-stainless steel (carbon steel), which gives a good edge fairly quickly. Carbon steel knives are easy to sharpen at home but need vigilance to prevent rusting. Avoid knives that claim to never need sharpening. They are not very sharp to begin with and they cannot be sharpened, meaning that when they lose their edge (and they will), they have to be disposed of.

the best ways to choose use and care for knives

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Tips for using a knife

1. Always make use of a wooden or plastic cutting board while chopping other materials are known to damage the cutting-edges and blunt the blades faster.
2. While transferring the food from the cutting board to the cooking pot, make sure to use the plain/ blunt side of the knife as it helps to push the veggies or meat evenly.
3. Always sharpen blades in the same direction. This ensures that the blade is sharpened consistently and easy to use.

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Caring for you knives

1. Always keep your knife blades protected in a knife block or special container. This also ensures safety and avoids accidents.
2. Never put your knives in the dishwasher.The heat from the drying cycle can warp your blades. Wash them with soap and run it under cold water.
3. Don’t buy knives that say ‘No sharpening required’. The more you use them, the sooner they will need to be sharpened. Go to a local cutlery store to get your knives sharpened professionally. Don’t do it on your own unless you are doubly sure and thoroughly know how to sharpen your knife using a sharpener yourself.

caring for your knife

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Here are some more tips on caring for your knives.

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