You may have recently purchased a carbon steel knife, or you may still be thinking about it and you are looking for information.
Your question is: how to maintain your carbon steel knife?
While conventional stainless steel knives are relatively easy to maintain (although not infallible), carbon steel knives require a little more effort.
Considered superior by most chefs, their characteristics give them a significant advantage by the cutting of food, as it can be done cleaner and longer. If you would like to know more about the usefulness of carbon steel knives, read our article on the subject.
Despite this great advantage, a carbon steel knife requires a more thorough maintenance, of which you should be aware, as to ensure that you can keep using it as long as possible.
If you do not maintain your carbon knife….
If you fail to properly maintain your carbon steel knife, the consequences will be terrible.
As you can see on the picture above, the blade of the carbon steel knife is stained with rust because the knife has been badly cleaned and water has been sitting on the material for hours.
If you don’t want this to happen to your precious chef’s knife, now is the time to take notes.
How to properly maintain your carbon steel knife
Poor maintenance of your carbon steel knife will result in rust stains, among other unpleasant damage.
If your knife has darkened slightly compared to when you bought it, don’t panic, it’s perfectly normal. The carbon steel alloy has this reaction over time in contact with ambient air, different foods and liquids.
Here’s what will really damage your knife:
The high water temperature and immersion in water for a relatively long period of time are very bad for your knife. In addition, your knife will remain dirty for hours before it eventually gets rinsed and cleaned, which will also damage it.
You should wash your knife as soon as you have finished using it, systematically.
Leaving the knife in the sink…
Now that you have understood that it should not be left in the dishwasher, there is also no reason to leave it in the sink, dirty, for hours or days.
By doing this, you will let your knife oxidize.
Too aggressive washing…
When you wash your carbon steel knife, you must do it gently. Use a soft sponge and soap. Once done, wipe your knife until it is completely dry.
Keeping the knife in a damp place…
Condensation will damage your knife just as water does. Keep your knife in a dry place.
Your carbon steel knife is a precious object, and letting it deteriorate would be a real shame. In order to keep it in good condition as long as possible, clean it thoroughly after each use and do not leave it sit in contact with moisture for too long.
A little tip: to protect the alloy, it is always best to oil its surface with cooking oil and wipe it with linen or paper towels to prevent it from oxidizing!
You can now use your carbon steel knife with peace of mind, without damaging it. If you are hesitant to buy one, you now know that its maintenance is simple, as long as you comply to it, and that its advantages by far outweigh its disadvantages!