Dull knives can make cooking a frustrating and time-consuming experience. But sharpening them can be a hassle. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy tip that can help keep your knives sharp with minimal effort.
After using your knife, wipe the blade clean with a soft cloth or towel. Then, use a honing steel to gently run the blade along the length of the steel at a 20-degree angle, making sure to maintain consistent pressure throughout the stroke. Repeat this process about 5-10 times on each side of the blade.
A honing steel is not the same thing as a sharpener. While sharpeners remove metal from the blade to create a new edge, honing steel simply realigns the blade’s existing edge, keeping it straight and sharp. By using a honing steel regularly, you can help maintain your knives’ sharpness and prolong their lifespan, reducing the need for frequent sharpening.
By following this simple tip, you’ll have sharp knives at the ready whenever you need them, without having to spend too much time or effort maintaining them.