Kitchen knife safety is something you have probably heard mentioned before, but do you really know everything that safety in the kitchen entails? I knew a handful of things before doing some research, but there are some important kitchen knife safety tips out there that I wouldn’t have thought of, and I’m guessing the same is true for many of you. Here are some great tips to help keep you safe while you’re cooking in the kitchen.
Kitchen Knife Safety Tips
1. Keep your knives sharp
You’ve probably heard the saying, “A sharp knife is safer than a dull knife.” This used to sound crazy to me, but the more I’ve been around knives, the more it makes sense. A dull knife takes more effort than a sharp one to use, so you’re more likely to get cut using a dull knife for that reason—it is more likely that you’ll lose control of a knife and accidentally cut yourself when you’re exerting extra effort to use a knife.
2. Store your knives properly
Don’t toss your knives in a drawer to store them; that’s an accident waiting to happen. Someone could easily reach their hand in to grab a knife and end up with a nasty cut. It’s best to store knives in a cutting block or another location that will keep knives organized while minimizing the likelihood of getting cut.
Furthermore, don’t leave knives placed precariously on the edge of counters, tables, or anywhere else. Knives can easily be knocked down from these locations, causing injury.
3. Use a cutting board
Cutting boards are hygienic and also help give you a stable place to cut your food, which reduces the likelihood of getting cut. I’ve heard that wood or bamboo cutting boards might retain harmful bacteria from foods, possibly because you often wash those types of cutting boards by hand.
Glass cutting boards, at least for me, tend to make your food slip around when you’re trying to cut it. I’ve cut onions on my glass cutting board at home, and it makes me nervous because a slippery onion is hard to hold in place on a smooth, glass board.
For these reasons, I tend to favor a plastic cutting board. They’ve got plenty of friction and are easy to stick in your dish washer.
4. Don’t try to catch a falling knife
If you try to catch a falling knife, it’s extremely likely that you’re going to get cut. If your knife starts to fall, step out of the way and don’t try to catch the knife.
5. Use proper cutting techniques
Keep your fingers out of the way while cutting, and cut down and away from your body. It is also a good idea to keep the tip of the blade planted on the cutting board while you are chopping food; this will minimize the chances of accidentally cutting yourself.
6. Use correct knives correctly
Many of us don’t know what each specific kitchen knife is supposed to be used for, but learning is a good idea. If you use a knife that is too small or too big for the task at hand, you’re more likely to accidentally cut yourself.
Additionally, don’t use your knives for tasks that other kitchen tools are designed to handle. For example, using a knife for a can opener is a quick way to get injured. Take that extra five seconds to find the right tool.
7. Clean kitchen knives safely
Keeping knives clean can help them last longer, but it can also prevent injury. It’s not a good idea to try to cut anything with a slippery knife handle. Also, it’s always super important to clean your knives to prevent cross-contamination, especially if you’ve been handling any meat.
Don’t leave knives in a sink to soak with soapy water. Like tossing knives in drawers, anyone could reach in the sink unsuspectingly and get a nasty cut. If you’ve got cheap knives like my husband and I, then it’s likely that you wash your knives in the dishwasher (sh! Don’t tell anyone!). We always put our smaller knives in the utensil container pointing down so that when you reach in to grab your utensils, you’re not going to accidentally cut yourself on the blade.
8. Carry knives properly when walking
Do not carry your knives with the blade pointing up. Bad idea! Instead, hold the handle with the blade pointing toward the ground and the edge pointing away from you.
Following these tips will help keep your safe in the kitchen. If you’re in the market for a new kitchen knife, get yourself over to Blade HQ where there’s a wide selection of excellent kitchen knives to make your cooking experiences a little easier.