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Bread knives are among the many kitchen utensils used by cooks worldwide and are used most often for cutting bread. The serrated edges of bread knives can cut softer bread without causing it to crush. Bread knives come in a variety of shapes including flat, knife like, ribbed, circular and some can be used as a slicer. A knife like the serrated bread knife has a cross guard that protects the knuckle from the blades. A bread knife may also come with a peeler, which is an extra feature to make the knife more versatile in cooking.
The blades of bread knives can be made of different types of materials. Some blades are made of carbon steel, which is a hard metal. Carbon steel knives will scratch easily and can chip if it comes into contact with acidic foods. Other kinds of knives have materials that are not metal such as bone or even plastic. This would depend on the type of food that the knife is to be used for. Plastic knives will break easier than the ones made of metal.
To make sure that the bread is properly cut with a bread knife, it is important to follow certain procedures when purchasing one. Since the knife will be used for food preparation on a daily basis, proper maintenance should be taken to ensure that the knife will last for many years to come. When cleaning a bread knife, it is important to remember that it is best to use hot water when washing it. Hot water will kill bacteria that may be present on the bread. To remove bacteria, it is best to dry the knife off after using and store it in an airtight container.
To clean a bread knife, it is important to use warm water and mild soap. When washing the knife with soap, it is best to mix it with warm water since this combination will prevent the formation of acids. If the knife has been used on raw bread then it is best to rinse it off immediately to prevent it from sticking to the bread. Using soap to clean the blade of a bread knife is usually all that is needed in order to keep it clean. It is also advisable to store used bread knives in a cool dry place to avoid damage to its blade.
In addition to using soap to clean the knife when it is finished using it is also wise to clean the butter area of the bread knife. Since butter tends to collect odors then it is wise to wipe the knife with a moist piece of cotton. The wiped area of the knife will attract less dust and therefore will be easier to clean. If the butter in the bread knife is allowed to sit for a long period of time it will cause the knife to rust. In order to maintain its quality it is best to clean the butter area of the bread after each use.
Some people like to buy extra knives that are not used during their normal usage. These knives can then be stored in a knife block or a drawer that is not used for storing kitchen knives. It is important to remember that extra knives should be stored in a separate knife block away from other knives so that they do not have an adverse affect on the quality of the bread. Extra knives can also be purchased to be used during bread making projects.
There are some individuals who prefer to buy bread knives that come with their favorite type of bread. These types of bread knife come with a nice blade with a special covering that helps to keep the bread knife clean while it is in use. The types of covers available for bread knives can be disposable or built-in. When choosing extra knives make sure that you choose one that suits the type of bread you are going to use. You may also consider getting a set of bread knives that come with several different blades so that you can alternate between the different blades easily.
When choosing extra knives make sure that you take into consideration the environment it will be used. Blades that are made for cleaning will not be very sanitary, so if you decide to get these types of knives you should make sure that you wash them regularly. Blades that are designed to cut food items that come into direct contact with them should also be washed regularly to ensure that they are free of bacteria and germs. You should also be careful when using knives to prevent any injury to yourself or those around you, and so it is important to follow the safety precautions that come with every bread knife that you purchase.