Sep 12

Caring for Your Kitchen Knives + Chicago Cutlery DesignPro Giveaway

Chicago Cutlery DesignPro Knives

Okay, so you've splurged on those three basic knives that should be in every kitchen. I'm guessing you'd love some tips on caring for them, right?

There's nothing worse than trying to muscle through your chopping with a dull and damaged knife. You may as well being using a plastic butter knife! Taking good care of your knives will ensure that you get the most out of your investment.

Knife Care Tips

Don't chop or cut directly on your countertop -- Not only can you damage your countertop, but using a knife on marble, granite, etc. can damage your knife blade. Wood or bamboo cutting boards are the best choice.
Skip the dishwasher for knives -- Cleaning knives in the dishwasher can knick and dull the blades, and the extreme heat in the drying cycle can damage the handles.
Don't leave knives laying in the sink -- Leaving knives laying in the sink leaves them open to being scratched, or the blades could get bent or break. Not to mention it's dangerous for anyone who may be washing dishes!
Dry knives thoroughly before putting them away -- Damp blades can cause a knife block to develop mold or mildew and can damage the handles as well.
Don't throw knives into one utensil drawer -- Again, this leaves them open to being scratched or dented each time the drawer is opened. Protective blade covers are inexpensive, and some knives even come with these covers.

I mentioned last week that I've been testing out some of the new Chicago Cutlery DesignPro Knives as part of the Chicago Cutlery brand ambassadors program through Mom Central. I'm still loving these knives and have been using them daily! We prepare grilled veggies often when grilling out, and these knives have really sped up the slicing and dicing process.

Chicago Cutlery wants to send one lucky Unsophisticook reader a shiny new DesignPro Chef's Knife, valued at $34! To enter, just share what your family's favorite knife-intensive meal is to prepare.

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Every reader has three methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, or three for up to a total of 3 entries!!!

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment.  Tell me what your family's favorite recipe is that really puts your knife skills to the test!

2. Subscribe to the Unsophisticook newsletter to have the latest recipes and tips delivered right to your inbox! You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed.

3. Follow Unsophisticook on Pinterest to share your latest finds. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've done so!

Prize:

Chicago Cutlery DesignPro Chef's Knife (ARV $34)

This giveaway ends at 5:00pm EST on Tuesday, 8/18/12 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use And the Winner Is to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chicago Cutlery and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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