One of the most important tools in the kitchen for any chef is a good quality knife. It is therefore imperative to ensure you take good care of your knives in order to have a good set of sharp knives.
Not only is it unsightly, but rust can cause damage to your knives if not treated. To help avoid rust, you should never wash your knives in a dishwasher or leave them to air dry. It is important to clean and dry your knives properly. Proper cleaning of knives involves carefully hand washing your knives with soap and hot water and drying immediately after with a clean, dry cloth. Failure to adhere to these golden rules can result in rusting and blotching on your knives.
If you scour the internet, you will find there are many homemade remedies for removing rust from your knives. However, you will find most don’t deliver the results they promise. A tried and tested method to get the sparkle back in your knives is to use Bar Keeper’s Friend.
HINT: Always store your knives correctly. The best place to store your knives is in a quality knife block or on a magnetic strip. Avoid storing knives in a drawer with other utensils or cutlery, unless they have sheaths, as they will get nicked and damaged.
What is Bar Keepers Friend?
It is America’s best brand for cleaning products. It is invented by a chemist named Sir George William Hoffman in 1882 with the goal of reviving his old tarnished pot. He discovered that rhubarb, a common veggie at that time, is rich in oxalic acid. This chemical is a reducing agent that helps fight rust.
Over the years, this renowned cleaning product found many other uses. This includes removing rust from your favourite knives. The ingredients are fundamentally the same with hardly any changes. Today, it is still a family-owned business located in Indianapolis, U.S.A.
How to make your knives sharp and feel brand new?
Over time, knives will rust and lose their sharpness. Keep your favourite knives sharp with these five easy steps:
- WASH: Wash your knife in hot soapy water to remove any objects that may be stuck to the knife.
- DRY: Immediately after washing, dry your knife thoroughly with a dry cloth.
- APPLY: Available in powder or liquid, apply Bar Keeper’s Friend.
- to the surface of the knife or to a wet cloth or sponge and spread onto the knife.
- RUB GENTLY: Hard rubbing is generally unnecessary if you use this product. Let its non-bleach cleaning ingredients do the work for you.
- RINSE: After cleaning, ensure you wash the knife thoroughly and once again dry with a dry cloth.
HINT: If you have a particularly stubborn rust spot or stain, apply Bar Keepers Friend liquid or make a paste with Bar Keepers Friend powder. Let it remain on the surface of the knife for no longer than one minute. Rub it gently as needed and then rinse thoroughly and dry.