Chop, Peel, Slice, and Dice Summer Fruits & Vegetables with Ease
During the Summer months, there are lots of opportunities to cook and prepare dishes with fresh fruits and vegetables. Watermelon, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and squash are a few local favorites, however, a dull knife can ruin the fun of preparing these summer treats. Sharper knives also prevent the loss of nutrients that can occur when a dull knife smudges the fruit or vegetable and portions end up smeared on the cutting board.
There are a few ways to keep your knives sharp, here are a few recommendations:
- Honing Rod-Honing rods often come with sets of kitchen knives. It is also often referred to as “sharpening steel.” Honing rods are long metal stick-like devices that assist in realigning the metal on the knife without stripping a large portion of metal from the blade.
- Whetstone-A whetstone often referred to as a diamond or sharpening stone, has two sides: a rugged side and a finer side. Begin sharpening on the rough side and create a small fold by slicing it opposite of how you would slice off a chunk of the stone.
- Mug or Cup- These common kitchen items can be used to sharpen your knives. At an angle of approximately 20 degrees, you can slide your knife across the grit of a ceramic mug or cup to sharpen it. This is a convenient and economical way to sharpen your knife.