“Meerco Sharpen-it” Knife Sharpener
In January, Louise shared some practical tips with us on selecting the best knife. Now that you’ve evaluted and perhaps updated your knives, I thought it would be helpful to talk about maintaining that tool.
Even the best knives lose their sharpness when used regularly. According to Cook’s Illustrated, a knife can go dull in just a few minutes, especially if you’re cutting through tough materials. My grandmother taught me the importance of maintaining my knives by sharpening them with every use. I thought that was a bit exessive … Well, have you ever attempted to cut an onion with a dull knife? How about slicing a grilled chicken breast to place on top of a beautiful mound of couscous and your knife was so dull you ended up shredding the chicken? You’ll want to read on…
If your knives have never been sharpened, you’ll need to invest in a wet stone (difficult to use for most people), an electric sharpener, or if they are really dull – take them into a professional. The best thing to do is give your knives a tune – up on a regular basis. If you’ve invested in a good knife, it’s worth it to give them a tune-up with every use.
Tune-up Tools: My Grandma was a wiz at using a steel rod, not me… In fear of loosing one or more digits, I opted for a manual sharpener.
Cook’s Illustrated has a great article on maintaining knives with a review of manual and electric sharpeners – definetly worth checking out! I have used both electric and manual sharpeners and have settled on the “Meerco Sharpen-It ” manual sharpener for the following reasons:
1. it does a quick and thorough job of basic sharpening
2. it’s small, and fits in my knife drawer so I’m visually reminded to use it
3. it’s inexpensive and readily available
I found my Meerco Sharpen-It at Cabela’s! You can also find it at specialty cooking stores and of course on Amazon.com
Selecting the perfect knife is a personal decision based on your unique needs. So is finding the perfect tune-up tool. I hope this has given you some insight!
Grandma’s Tip: “Anytime you give a knife or a sharpener as a gift, remember to put a penny in the box… so you won’t sever the relationship!”