My Favorite Knife Sharpener Has Ina Garten's Stamp of Approval—and It's 23% Off on Amazon
Keeping your kitchen knives sharp is important for any cook. Not only are sharp knives safer (a dull knife can slip when you apply pressure) but they also help your dishes turn out better. Tomatoes stay juicy because they aren't being crushed as you slice them. Mincing ingredients into similar-sized pieces is easier and enhances a dish's texture and allows everything to cook evenly. Sharp knives even prevent your eyes from tearing up while cutting onions! For perfectly honed knives, I use the same Chef's Choice Electric Knife Sharpener that Ina Garten has in her kitchen and it's currently 23% off at Amazon.
I'm a fan of the Chef's Choice sharpener because it works with all of my knives, including my chef's, Santoku, bread, and fillet knives. It also takes less than 10 minutes to use. I simply turn it on, run my knife through the left and right sides of the electric portion, and then run my knife through each side of the manual portion. Each section only needs around five rotations. Finally, I run my knife through a paper towel—if the knife runs through the paper easily, it's done sharpening.
To buy: Chef's Choice Electric Knife Sharpener, $77 (originally $100) at amazon.com
Amazon shoppers also share my love for Ina Garten's knife sharpener; over 6,000 customers have given it a five-star rating. "I've tried sandstones, wet stones, Arkansas diamond stones, and countless electric knife sharpeners," one reviewer said. "The biggest difference I see in this sharpener is how long my knives stay sharp. It's ridiculous. Two to three months and they're just beginning to dull... With my Japanese high carbon steel knife, it's been about six months and I use it quite frequently."
Frequent cooks know that the factory edge of a knife only lasts for a short time, so re-sharpening is key for the best performance in the kitchen. This sharpening tool will keep your knives in good condition no matter how often you cook. Invest in one today while it's on sale.