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Chances are, your knives aren't as sharp as they should be. Dull knives are one of the things that can separate you from good cooking. Besides, dull knives can actually be more dangerous than sharp ones since you need to force your way through some foods. Time to fix that.

If you have a sharpener, this tip doesn't even cost you a cent... unless, of course, you cut yourself in the process and end up at the emergency room! If you don't have a sharpener, it's time to invest in one. I recommend a kit with diamond sharpening stones. I got my kit at Walmart, but stores that cater to fishing and hunting (Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops) are good places to shop.

Start by reading the instructions that came with your kit. If all you have is an old sharpening stone, that's fine. Just learn how to use it. Work through your knife rack one at a time until they're all sharp. If you're limited on time, sharpen one knife each evening.

Be careful! Don't let anyone talk to you until your done! My wife knows enough to leave me alone when I'm busy sharpening knives. Stay focused. Nuff said!

Not comfortable sharpening knives yourself? You can always opt to send them out to a professional. Just do it.

Finally, use a good butcher's steel to reset the "teeth" every once in a while.

© 2012 D. K. Dickey - All Rights Reserved


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