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.

Three Q volunteers set to take part in The Alzheimer Café Dublin once again.

Our Three Q volunteers are set to take part in The Alzheimer café once again, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme.  (You can read more about our CSR here). This worthwhile organisation was set up in 2011 to provide information in an environment in which there is openness about dementia. Unlike other support services, the emphasis is on the emotional and psychosocial than the medical aspects of dementia.

three q volunteers the alzheimer cafe corporate social responsibility

A meeting takes place every month.  This month’s Alzheimer Café meeting takes place on Thursday 9th and will feature a special guest who will tell us about her family’s experience of a move from the family home to residential care. Dementia directly impacts on the lives of tens of thousands of people in Ireland. An estimated 48,000 people are living with dementia and the number is set to double in the next 20 years.

Like any café, people come and go, sometimes sitting at tables for a chat over a cup of tea and some cake. There’s then a talk about some aspects of dementia, followed by discussion and more general chat. Hosted in the Avila Centre, Donnybrook, this event is free and welcomes all members of the public.

Thinking About Training to Become a Chef?

Are you thinking About Training to Become a Chef?  Find out what it’s really like working in the Catering Industry in Ireland.

thinking about training to become a chef

1.       Constant heat and noise can be stressful and make people short-tempered. Someone working in a kitchen for the first time can feel a mix of anything from nervousness to downright terror for their work colleagues during the initial learning spell. Don’t worry, this passes and soon you’ll forget you ever felt this way –that is until one day you catch the glance of fear the new Commis chef gives you.

2.       Working in a Michelin-starred restaurant will default as your career goal. Working in those rare kitchens which produce small numbers at high prices is always fantastic, but you’ll come to realise that gaining knowledge in the art of translating complexity and quality to a good level of volume and profit will nearly always make you a more valuable professional.

3.       You will have cuts, burns and open wounds on your hands and arms mostly all of the time. You’ll go from being slightly embarrassed about it to feeling like a total badass.

4.       Speaking of burns, hot showers will be painful.

5.       Don’t expect time off for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries. Your kitchen team will come to need you more than your family do. In some cases you might even start to think of them AS your family.

6.       You’ll either become chubby or lose a heap of weight.

7.       It will become incredibly difficult to watch friends or love ones cook.

8.       Whether it be coffee, Red Bull or jellybabies, you will develop an addiction of some kind.

9.       People will think that you must banquet like a king, but honestly you willnever prepare nice meals for yourself – you’ll be too tired and fed up of being in the kitchen. In fact, you will consume most of your food out of the bottom of a saucepan hunched over a bin.

10.   You will develop a macabre obsession with knives. Or spoons, if you’re a Pastry Chef.

11.   Good quality produce will make you feel genuine love for the planet.

12.   Calling in sick for work is a moral lapse as clear and embarrassing as stealing from charity. It’s a matter of pride for chefs. At some point in your career you’ll see your Head Chef work the passe for ten hours so woozy they can barely stand. Unless you’re deathly bedridden, you’re expected to be there.

13.   You will spend all of your money on cookbooks and speciality tools.

14.   Your Mam will apologise every time she cooks for you.

15.   Types of people you’d even never imagined talking to will become your closest friends.

16.   You’ll develop KILLER leg muscles from standing 12 hours a day.

17.   Crazy endorphin highs will hit you after Saturday night service that will leave you unable to sleep for hours.

18.   Your friends will joke that you’re a member of MI5 as you’ve burned off most of your fingerprints

19.   If you are the right person, you’ll never ever dream of doing anything else.

Tips on Dealing With Job Rejection

Dealing with job rejection is never easy, and when you’ve been sending out job application after application only to receive rejection letters back, it’s very easy to get discouraged. But don’t lose hope, we’ve put together some tips on dealing with job rejection. As hard as it can be to take, rejection is a normal part of the job-hunting process and will help you to learn and grow. Learn from your mistakes and make every rejection lead you one step closer to a job offer.

Tips on Dealing With Job Rejection

  1. Don’t take it personally – there are usually a variety of factors that play into a hiring manager’s decision-making process.
  2. Focus on your strengths – it’s all about finding the right fit.
  3. Do other things that make you feel good – Like walking, swimming etc.
  4. Treat job-hunting as a job – give yourself a schedule and stick to it, and give yourself breaks.
  5. Keep the faith – Keep reminding yourself that rejection is a natural part of the process, everyone experiences it and landing a job is really just a numbers game. Some luck is required.

Find your new job right here:

www.3qrecruitment.ie/current-jobs/

Source www.careerfaqs.com.au

You might also like to learn about some free job seeker courses.

The Digital Job Search – Part 2- using LinkedIn for job seekers

The digital job search continues from our first article.  This time we are looking using the social networking for professionals platform, LinkedIn for job seekers.
 the digital job search using linkedin for job seekers

How does social networking fit into your regular networking – and how is it different?

These questions have been asked of industry experts who draw the line between your personal and public digital footprint. Your LinkedIn professional profile should eliminate personal information and concentrate mainly on your career experience, your community service, and your professional accomplishments.

On LinkedIn, you can search for people you know (or want to connect with) but you can also use it to research companies. What social media sites do that can’t be done in person is show you how everyone in your company or city is connected. This could not possibly be done in a once off meeting face to face with someone but after, when you have connected with them on LinkedIn, it will expose those connections in a few clicks.  If you want to get to know someone inside a company, social media is the way to go.

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