Chop, Peel, Slice, and Dice Summer Fruits & Vegetables with Ease

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Kitchen knives with fruits and vegetables

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.