Why you should never put a knife in a sink full of soapy water
Aside from using a knife or knowing how to use it properly, it is also essential to know how to take proper care of them.
Proper knife training can also help reduce the risk of developing an injury and ensure the smooth running of the kitchen.
Caring for your knife is an important aspect that contributes significantly to its longevity.
Knives, when used frequently and maintained properly, are very safe and effective tools. Proper care for your knife can also increase productivity in the kitchen.
When using knives, it is good to know how to maintain them for long-lasting quality. Here are some frequently asked questions on how to care for a knife.
Should You Leave Knives in the Sink?
The answer to this question is a no and for many reasons. The sink is a very dangerous place to leave your knife or any sharp object at all.
Leaving your knife in the sink creates clutter in your kitchen and creates an avenue for microorganisms to contaminate them.
Food residue is an easy way for your knife to get contaminated, and they make your knife slippery to touch. So it would be in your best interest to keep your knife clean for an easier and more firm grip.
Also, leaving your knife on the sink allows you the risk of getting an injury. Please do not place your knife in the sink unless it is junk and you don’t stand the chance of hurting yourself with it.
Is it Wrong to put Knives in the Dishwasher?
Well, for a plastic knife or even a metal table knife, it’s not much of an issue to put it in the dishwasher, but it is wrong and unethical for the cooking knife. The environment in a dishwasher is not very conducive to a knife at all.
First off, with the amount of clanging in the dishwasher, the knives will bang against each other and other things in the dishwasher.
When this happens, it will affect the blade of the knife, dulling it as a result. Also, while in the dishwasher, a stray knife can bang against the racks in the washer and scrape off the anti-corrosive protection, thereby subjecting it to rust.
Another reason not to put your knife in the dishwasher is that the heat and moisture associated with a dishwasher can and will degrade the handle of your knife.
Knife handles can be made of different materials like metal, wood, or plastic. In this case, degradation of your knife can be by loosening, rusting, decay ( of the wood), staining e.t.c.
Does a Dishwasher Dull a Blade?
Yes, it does. Dishwashers clean by abrasion coupled with the intense spray of hot water and the chemicals from the detergent.
All these factors can affect the blade of your knife, causing it to become rounded or bent, making it lose its sharp edge.
When this happens, your knife will require more sharpening. Since it has been proven that too much sharpening can wear out your knife, shortening its life span as a result.
Most knives may come as “dishwasher safe,” but most manufacturers disapprove of the use of dishwashers to clean your knife.
Most manufacturers recommend hand washing your knife, and it should be done immediately after use to prevent rusting and staining.
Can You Put Stainless Steel in the Dishwasher?
Yes, stainless steel is dishwasher safe. Stainless steel is an alloy of iron and varying quantities of different other elements. It contains about 10% of chromium and varying nickel, manganese, silicon, and carbon.
On high-quality stainless steel flatware, you might have noticed labeling of 18/10 stamped on it.
This shows that its components consist of 18% chromium and 10% nickel and other elements. Stainless steel resists corrosion in hot, damp environments by forming a protective layer of chromium oxide.
This chromium oxide is inert or inactive, so it protects the metal beneath it from attack by oxygen in water or air when it is formed.
Another surprising thing about this chromium oxide barrier is that it is self-healing. So when it has been scratched or disturbed, it can mend itself.
However, this is not the case for stainless steel knives. If your stainless steel knife ends up with rust spots, this might not be the fault of your dishwasher.
Stainless steel knives are often made of harder metal which can retain a lasting edge but corrodes easily. This is why it is more recommendable to wash your knives by hand than with a dishwasher.
Having a knife is essential. Knowing how to use it is essential, but what is most important is knowing how to care for it so that it maintains its quality and lasts longer.