It’s important to keep your knives clean, but the knife block can make it harder. It can be a breeding ground for bacteria. If not cleaned properly and regularly, these bacteria can contaminate food in the kitchen and ruin your family’s health.
In this blog post, we will talk about how bacteria are bred and things to do to ensure that your knife blocks are sanitary.
Knife Block Defined
Knife blocks come in different shapes and sizes but they all serve one purpose – to keep your knives organized. Many people don’t know that when you put a knife into the block, it’s crossed with another blade. This allows the bacteria from the last knife in the block to contaminate your new one.
How do blocks become bacteria breeding ground? There are many ways which we need to avoid.
Lack or absence of proper cleaning
When you don’t clean your block regularly, bacteria from previous cuts can build up in the crevices of the slots. Naturally, you are going to put your knife back in the same place as soon as you finish cutting something, and that’s how bacteria gets all over your blade.
Contact with dirty knives
When not properly cleaned knives are left inside the block, this creates an ideal environment for bacteria buildup. Even if a knife is clean when it goes in, contact with dirty neighbors can make it contaminate quickly.
Not drying completely
When a block is left moist or wet, bacteria can grow and survive in the small pockets of moisture. Remember, many forms of bacteria find moist environments ideal for survival.
Keeping Blocks Sanitary
The good news is, there are many things we can do to ensure that our knives do not harbor harmful bacteria.
Keep the block in an area away from moisture.
A common mistake is putting the block near the sink. Keep in mind to always keep your block away from any other sources of moisture.
Clean and dry knives before storage.
Avoid putting a knife in immediately after it’s been used to cut something. At least let it be cleaned and dried before you store it again.
Use dedicated knives only in the block.
This will help you avoid cross-contamination from one cut to another. Also, this will reduce the buildup of bacteria over time.
Clean blocks regularly.
Whether knives are used on kept stored, it is necessary to clean the block at least once a week. If knives are regularly used, you need to clean them more often.
You may want to follow this three-step process in doing so.
1.Shake out dirt that may have collected inside the block.
Do this by turning the block upside down. Loosen debris by tapping the bottom side gently using your hand or a tiny hammer. Roll a cloth over the top edge of the block to make sure that nothing is caught in the crevices.
Use warm and soapy water to rinse the block. Then, use a tiny brush to scrub the whole block including the slots and the corners.
3.Dry it completely.
Using a clean cloth or paper towel, dry the block until no moisture can be seen. A clean and dry block promotes a healthful environment in the kitchen.
In a nutshell, any kitchen utensil may harbor bacteria. Like the knife block, everything should be cleaned regularly and properly to avoid bacteria growth.
Remember, the kitchen should be a place to prepare food that will keep your families’ healthy. It is not supposed to be a breeding ground for bacteria.