4 Quick Tips On How To Keep Your Chef Knives Sharp

Tips for sharp chef knives

They say that a blunt kitchen knife is more dangerous than a sharp one.

When a knife can no longer do the job that serves its purpose – Cutting – then things can get quite risky in the kitchen. You should never force a knife through something nor should you ever have to! If you find that your kitchen knife is no longer slicing through your vegetables as easily as it did when you purchased it then it’s time to sharpen it!

Once you’ve sharpened your knives, it’s important to maintain them. Here’s a few ways you can keep those knives sharp for a little longer!

 

Use the right chopping board.

Wooden or Plastic are a good choice but Marble or Glass can be damaging!

Your choice of chopping boards can dramatically improve your knife’s ability to stay sharp.

The best choice for keeping your knives sharp is a wooden chopping board.

The wood is soft enough that it does less damage to your cutting edge. The best chopping boards have the end grain facing up in a butcher block style. This style is durable but allows the knife to slide between the vertical wood fibers.

The next best chopping board surface is the plastic chopping boards.

These chopping boards are relatively easy on knife edges and are practical to use. Unlike a wooden chopping board, the plastic boards can be tossed into a dishwasher to sanitize it. Wooden chopping boards can be quite hard to maintain themselves even if they are good for your knives!

The last choice in chopping boards would be the glass or marble chopping boards or cutting directly on ceramic plates. These cutting surfaces are just too hard for knives. Constant chopping and slicing on these boards will dull even the highest quality kitchen knives.

 

Properly Clean Your Knife

The process of cleaning your kitchen knives often results in unnecessary dulling. The biggest culprit is the dishwasher. In a dishwasher, the knife edges are much more likely to come in contact with other silverware or ceramic dishes. This banging around will cause small imperfections in your knife edge and dull it over time.

 

The solution? Wash your knives by hand. Washing knives by hand also saves the handle material from the soaking and the high heat of a dishwasher. When washing knives by hand, avoid the temptation of soaking your knives in your cleaning water, in addition to possibly damaging the wooden handles, sharp knives are not something you want lurking in your cloudy dishwater. In addition, after your knife is properly washed, it’s important to dry your knife thoroughly before putting it away.

 

Storing Your Knives

A knife block or other knife holders are an important step in maintaining sharp knives.

Without proper storage, your knives can end up in a drawer where they can get banged around and dulled. Sharp knives can also expose you to unnecessary risk of cutting yourself while rummaging through your drawers.

 

Proper Knife Usage

In order to keep your knife sharp, it is also important to avoid using it as a pry bar, hammer, screwdriver or any other tool. Knives should only be used for their intended purpose… cutting!

So there you have it!

If you’re just not that sure how to sharpen your knives at home, Sweeney O’Rourke offer a knife sharpening service in their showrooms!

Or maybe you need a set of lovely knives to sharpen? Well we are giving away a Giesser 7pc Knife set and Case over on our Facebook page so be sure to head over there and enter for your chance to win!

 

 

 

 

The tips in this article are from the website sharpening supplies.

Top 5 Christmas Party Venues In Dublin

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … party season

If you’re looking for a last-minute venue for the office Christmas party we’ve put together a list of the top 5 venues in the capital!

THE WESTBURY

Perfect for smaller companies or groups, the Westbury will wine and dine you in pure luxury. Located in the centre of Dublin’s social and cultural riches. This elegant setting is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy yourselves.

The Christmas party booking includes: a private party in the Trinity Suite, a welcome glass of prosecco and canapés on arrival & a 3 course dinner.

THE SHELBOURNE

Make it a Christmas to remember at the Shelbourne. A complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival followed by a five course menu, it’s sure to be the perfect place to get into the Christmas party spirit.

The dinner bell rings at 8:30pm sharp so you won’t miss the food!

Wondering about what entertainment they have on offer? Their resident band play lively hits from the 50’s right up to current day chart-toppers.

They also offer discounted rate for rooms for the party-goers.

MCGOWANS OF PHIBSBORO

Voted as ‘Dublin’s Best Night Out’. Why not consider this hot spot for the Christmas party? Guaranteed to be a fun-filled night out (definitely a late one). There’s free admission to the nightclub if you decide to go for a boogie so that’s a plus. There are various extras you can include in the party package from a private photographer to drink vouchers.

YAMAMORI

Not the first idea you’ll consider when thinking of venues but it’s something different. Choose from two locations (either Izakaya or Sushi) for the perfect place to bring all the office gang. They cater to your every need and even offer day time slots in case it can’t be a late one this year! The food is just incredible. Enjoy an authentic sushi spread or keep it casual with their plentiful platters. Convinced yet? The downstairs basement is the place to let your hair down as the night progresses.

THE ODEON

If you’re a big company, the Odeon caters for groups of up to a thousand people! You can keep it simple with buffet or finger food but they also offer to tailor a menu to suit your needs. From drinks receptions to customised VIP packages, their events team are on-hand to ensure your every need is catered for.

 

To find out more about the Christmas party packages available at these venues head over to their websites.

 

A Small Company With A Big Heart – Three Q’s Recent CSR Activities

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and  Giving Back To The Community Is A Priority For Us.

Here at Three Q, we believe that it is extremely important to give back. We may be a small company, but luckily for us we have a great team with very big hearts! You would be surprised by what we can achieve when our team comes together. (Sometimes we surprise ourselves!)

We always listen to our community and our employees and try to make a difference in whatever way we can!

Here’s a few things that we have been up to this month.

Spare an Hour

We recently ran an internal campaign called Spare An Hour.

This was a campaign in which our entire office and temp staff, donated an hour of their wages to a charity as voted by them. We asked our team to nominate a charity they would like us to support. The charity with the majority vote would be the winner and our winner was The Dublin Simon Community.

We are absolutely over the moon with the results of this campaign and delighted to announce that as a team we raised over €1,167. As a company, we are matching that donation to bring our total donation to €2334.40.

This is such an incredible result and we are so proud of everyone that took part, so Thank you again to all of you that were so generous with your donations!

Dogs Aid

Some of our team members recently visited the Dogs Aid animal sanctuary to visit our newest and cutest team member, Olive.

Dogs Aid is a charity that we very much admire (We are a liiiittle bit dog crazy in the office!). So we decided to adopt Olive. She is a beautiful little Shih-tzu who was found by a very kind man behind bins in City West. When she was found she was already missing one of her eyes. Her other eye was badly damaged and unfortunately had to be later removed. Her sight does not slow her down at all and she can keep up with all of her little doggy friends in the sanctuary!

Once you meet Olive you can see how much she appreciates a cuddle and we are definitely happy to give her one! As a team we look forward to being more involved with Dogs Aid. We hope to visit often and help to raise awareness for such a caring and hard-working community. Visiting the dogs and meeting the volunteers was inspirational. We got to see all of the hard work that goes into the running of the animal sanctuary.

A huge part of our business is giving back to our local community and we are very committed to our CSR policy. We’re all about making a difference. It’s always important to give back and work with charities, especially at this time of year.

We really admire the work that volunteers do for organisations like the Dublin Simon Community and Dogs Aid.

We want to say a massive thank you to all involved in both. You inspire all of us every day.