How to Sharpen Knives

Posted January 20th, 2011 in Gadgets & Gizmos

Today’s post is all about how to sharpen knives. One of the  best kitchen tools you can invest in is a set of very sharp knives. Once you’ve invested the money, it’s important to keep the knives sharp so they’ll continue to perform well.

Over the holidays my family had a long discussion about choosing the proper set of knives and how to sharpen them. I learned so much I thought I’d pass along the valuable wisdom.

Rule #1: Buy the very best set of knives you can afford and keep them sharp. A great resource for deciding which knives to buy is this article titled Best Kitchen Knives On Any Budget. Whether you can spend $50, $100, or even $300- this article offers options. I own Cutco knives because they’re guaranteed for life. I even sent mine back once when there was a problem and got them replaced.

Rule #2:  Invest in a sharpener. The Chef’s Choice M130 Professional Sharpening Station is expensive but worth the investment. It creates the perfect angle and works on Japanese knives as well as all American even serrated. You can keep your knives sharp with this tool; then run the knives over a Chantry Steel before using.

Now, obviously, sharp knives aren’t necessary for cutting up Oregon Canned Fruit. But, there are plenty of other recipes which need a sharp knife like pork chops with cherry sauce or raspberry chipotle ribs.

I want to know what types of knives you use? Do you favor a particular brand? Please leave a comment with your suggestions for other readers.

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