• The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Safety: Proper Knife Handling

    Every individual, whether in a private kitchen or a commercial establishment is bound to come across different kitchen knives that serve equally different purposes. This essential kitchen equipment can become quite hazardous, more so if the right safety procedures are not observed during their usage and storage. Proper knife handling goes beyond the knee-jerk reaction of reaching out to grab a falling knife. This guide should help you learn on the proper way to handle knives to maximize kitchen safety.

    Ensure that your knives are sharpened

    Not only does using a sharp knife make it easy and quick to slice your stuff, but also it is safer to use. You require more force to cut while using a blunt knife and it is more predisposed to slips that may cause accidents. Keeping your knives sharp is inexpensive as you can use a sharpening stone or an electric sharpener, both of which are available in most culinary stores.  For enhanced sharpness and prolonged durability consider using sharpening steel.

    Know the purpose of each of the knives

    Kitchen knife types are quite vast and come in different sizes and styles. Using a certain knife for a wrong purpose reduces knife efficiency and predisposes you to accidents. Should you be unfamiliar with the various types of knives, Cut it Fine is an ideal platform to learn about them and the purpose they serve. Avoid using your knives as can openers or a screwdriver.

    Use the proper cutting technique

    Though this might seem pretty basic, take note to avoid holding your cooking ingredients in your hand while you chop. Always use a chopping board. A wooden chopping board is more recommended as opposed to plastic and glass chopping boards, which dull your knives faster. It should be treated with mineral oil before you commence chopping. Should you be unsure about how to hold your knife, ask an experienced person or seek knife manufacturers’ tutorials.

    Knife cleaning and storage

    It is imperative to clean your knives as soon as you are done cutting and between different food ingredients. Keeping them clean reduces the chances of cross-contamination. Never place a dirty knife in a sink full of water or washing them along with the other utensils to avoid chances of blade injuries.

    Once clean, wipe your knives dry with a dish towel to get rid of any slip before storage, then store them in a drawer, knife roll or block or a rack. Storing them separately and not leaving them lying around reduces the chances of accidents.

    Though the above safety tips will minimize knife accidents, it is imperative that you concentrate on the task at hand and avoid any distractions. Ensure that all your ingredients are gathered together before you proceed with the chopping, and never be in a hurry. Keep in mind that some knives have handles that offer more grip and are consequently more slip resistant. This is a factor you might need to consider before making your knives purchase.

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