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The Hospitality Guru: (cooking) Back to Basics – Knife Storage, Cleaning & Safety

Updated on October 12, 2015

KNIFE STORAGE

Knives & tools need to be carefully stored in kitchens. Wooden Blade Blocks are used to hold each knife securely in its own slot & readily available for use when needed.  The block guards & protect the blades from exposed edges.
Knives & tools need to be carefully stored in kitchens. Wooden Blade Blocks are used to hold each knife securely in its own slot & readily available for use when needed. The block guards & protect the blades from exposed edges.
Magnetic Knife Racks are also an excellent method of storage, keeping knives readily available; this is useful particularly if bench space is limited.
Magnetic Knife Racks are also an excellent method of storage, keeping knives readily available; this is useful particularly if bench space is limited.
Portable Storage containers such as a knife case or knife roll provide the ideal portable storage place.
Portable Storage containers such as a knife case or knife roll provide the ideal portable storage place.

CLEANING YOUR KNIFE

Use a milk detergent to wash knives & rinse under warm water & dry with a soft cloth, always clean & dry your knife immediately after use.
Use a milk detergent to wash knives & rinse under warm water & dry with a soft cloth, always clean & dry your knife immediately after use.

KNIFE SAFETY

  • Always handle knives carefully, especially when cleaning them.
  • Never leave knives in a sink of water. This is bad for the blade and presents a safety hazard to anyone who puts their hands into the water.
  • As a general rule, hold the knife-edge away from the body.
  • When carrying a knife in the kitchen, make sure the blade faces downwards to avoid injury to others.
  • Don’t run your fingers down the edge to check the sharpness.
  • Don’t attempt to catch a falling knife; let it fall and get your feet out of the way. This is why it is most important to wear leather footwear for protection.
  • Don ‘t hide a knife under anything.
  • Don’t hand a knife to anyone else. Put it down on the table and let them pic it up.
  • When carrying your knives in public places – like taking them to and from work – they must be in a knife case or roll, or a tool-box. It is illegal to carry a knife openly in public places. You may be liable to prosecution if you do this.
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