A paring knife is no doubt an important tool for any cook. However, its usefulness is lost when it goes blunt or dull and not all knives can be sharpened. A sharp knife is a joy to work with – a dull knife is frustrating and can ruin the preparation of soft foods such as tomatoes. Before you get frustrated in preparing your meal, it is time that you sharpen your knife. Here are the ways on how to do it like the expert.
The electric knife sharpener is more common among amateurs in the kitchen. It is an easier and quicker way to do the job. It does not require special skill or advanced knowledge. Just plug in the device and follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Most processes come in different stages and the work depends on the degree of bluntness of the paring knife. The last phase is often for polishing and it gives the sharpest possible edge. The paring knife also holds securely in the handle to ensure your safety. There are several electric sharpeners in the market and the choice will be a matter of personal preference and budget. But as a suggestion, look for devices that sharpen both sides of the paring knife equally at the same time to reduce your workload.
Presto Eversharp Electric Lnife Sharpener
A true chef views his knives the same way a master carver does his chisels – or a master Violinist cherishes his Stradivarius violin. The key to a long life for your knives, which can represent a substantial investment, is to use either a high quality electric knife sharpener or quality hand sharpening tools. The main advantage of an electric sharpener is the uniform precision edge you can sharpen your knives to.
A surprisingly high quality unit for it’s price, we tested the National Presto Eversharp Electric Knife Sharpener and we’re amazed at the results. This handy unit takes the guess work out of knife sharpening by holding the blade of the paring knife at the exact angle to be sharpened.
It also has the ability to adjust to the type of angle edge you want to achieve based on thin, medium and thick blades and also comes with interchangeable blade guides for all sizes of knives. The unit uses a 3 stage sharpening process that allows even a novice to achieve professional results – although due caution should still be used as the unit can over grind a blade if you are not following the instructions.
Sharpening the best paring knife can be done even by a newbie. The manual method requires hard work compared when using electric sharpeners. With the traditional form, you have to maintain enough pressure with the sharpening steel or natural stone. It requires you to sharpen, check for the burrs, wipe off the dust and clean. Repeat the procedure until you get the desired result. The whole process takes several minutes and it will surely make you sweat. But when you see the results, you will be happy to know that it gives a cleaner and more even product. Trained cooks prefer this way as they are able to bring out their expertise in all aspect of cooking.
If the natural stone sharpener does not work (which I doubt), you can also use a coarse sand paper and place it in a solid flat surface. Add water as lubricant or get a commercial one from a hardware store. Keep the knife lubricated until you are done in sharpening. In the video below you can see the various techniques used to sharpen knives like a professional.
If you do not feel like doing the job on your own, there are professionals who can do the sharpening for you. They accept all types of paring knives and charge a very minimal fee. You also do not have to worry where to find them. They are all over the place. Ask the chefs from restaurants, your friends or your neighbor. You may also check the internet for the nearest service provider in your area. Mail your beloved kitchen tool to their office and you get the package back in good condition. You also enjoy a money-back guarantee with some companies to keep your peace of mind. Of course, you want your blade to come back in great shape.