How to Keep Your Knives Sharp

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Having a sharp, well-balanced knife for fast food preparation — and caring for it properly — can make the difference between experiencing the joy of cooking and wallowing in kitchen frustration. Here are 7 tips on  how to keep your kitchen knives sharp.

1. Never put your knives in the dishwasher or even leave them soaking in dishwater.

2. Instead, wash your knives by hand and dry well afterward.

3. Never use your knives to pry something open.

4. Sharpen the blade on a sharpening steel before each use.

5. Cut on a wood or plastic board, never a stone one.

6. Wipe the blade clean after each use.

7. Store knives in a wood block holder to keep them safe from nicks.

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