Don’t let the title fool you – if you have never sharpened a knife before (like moi) you will more than likely feel murder-y on your first attempt. No, not “murder-y” like you want to kill someone, but “murder-y” like if you’ve seen any action/thriller/non-romcom movie in the fast five years, there is usually some guy who sharpens a knife and that creep ends up being all murder-y and stab-y later on — that’s what I mean…naturally.
ANYWAY…let me back up
Today marks the journey of teaching myself how to cook (if you don’t get it, read this) and what a better place to start then the beginning?
Chapter One of How to Cook Everything ( à la, lauren’s life for the next while) talks all about kitchen basics. What pots and pans to invest in, where to save your money, what tools you actually need, and which ones are just going to take up space in your drawer. It’s a very helpful chapter if you want to learn to be comfortable in your kitchen.
There is also a bit in there about knife sharpening with a very helpful graphic that, if I am being honest, totally freaked me out. I have seen chefs and home chefs use that little Harry Potter wand to sharpen knives (you know what I am talking about, it’s that rod-like thing that sits in your knife block that you never use) and have always looked away because it seems like the fastest way to lose a finger and I just haven’t been mentally prepared enough to see that. But apparently, it is important and easy, and so…I set out to learn. After reading his instructions a million times, several failed attempts, and a Lagunita’s IPA later – I have officially become semi-competent at sharpening our knives. In fact, I felt so embolden by my success, I recorded a rather terrible iPhone video…but hey, a win is a win and I WILL TAKE IT. Also, Lagunitas IPA’s are strong!
We all know that cooking with dull knives is no bueno, so take it from me, it’s time to sharpen those babies up. G and I got our knife set as a wedding present and haven’t sharpened them once…we’ve been married for five years (whoops).
This was ridiculously easy, made me feel like I was auditioning for Top Chef, and absolutely no fingers were harmed in the process. Not bad for someone who called the steel a Harry Potter wand a minute ago, huh?
HOW TO SHARPEN A KNIFE WITH A STEEL:
1 – Hold your steel out in front of you at about a 45 degree angle
2 – Hold your knife at a 15 degree angle towards you and pull across the top of the steel, pulling the blade from base to tip.
3 – Repeat on the other side of the knife across the bottom of the steel. Alternate pulling the blade across the top and bottom of the steel five or six times.
NOTE: Remember to always pull towards you and maintain a consistent 15 degree angle
See what I mean? Freakishly easy…