Possible reasons for steak knives rusting:
1. The knife is not being stored and adequately cared for
This is something we’ve always heard but never really understood, but it seems that even if we keep our knives in the dishwasher, our steak knives will still rust.
Well, this is because steak knives are made out of carbon. Not only will the steels in the knife rust away, but so will any other pre-existing moisture in the knife too.
So if you’re not getting rid of all traces of water from your knives, then you may find yourself with a rusty knife sooner or later. You can also consider putting grease on them and then rinsing them off under cold water to eliminate most of the excess grease and prevent any future rusting.
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2. Not enough seasoning
Malicious or not, even if you keep your knives in the dishwasher, you simply won’t be getting a chance to season them. If your knives are dull or have already become rusty, it is very hard to get the rust off because of how difficult it is to sharpen a knife.
You need at least a 30-degree angle on your knife so that when you cut, it will cut through easily and bear your weight without breaking. If you don’t have a knife sharpener or the tools to do this yourself, you should consider investing in one.
3. Not dry enough after you wash your dishes
Take a look at the dishwasher racks – they are actually made of plastic and pretty smooth. This makes them much easier to scratch and get rust on than metal or wood. You need to give your knives a thorough wash and dry thoroughly after cleaning the dishes. Otherwise, rust will continue to accumulate on your knives.
4. Not enough control over the temperature and water levels when you wash your dishes
If you’re washing your dishes on a lower setting or in a dry cycle, then you will be able to get rid of your knives more effectively than if you have a higher setting. Also, make sure that the water is hot enough – about close to a boiling point, as this will kill and help prevent bacteria from breeding.
5. Not enough care in handling the knife
Bring the knife from the kitchen to a place you will wash it and always do so with a towel and not your bare hands. A stainless steel knife can rust anywhere else on your body, so make sure that you have some protection for yourself.
This is especially important if you’re going to be putting the knife back in its sheath – make sure that you dry your hands thoroughly before doing so, as this will prevent any bacteria from entering through your pores and causing any problems.
Things to do to prevent this in the future:
1. Wash your knife regularly, preferably every time you wash any other piece of cutlery.
2. Make sure you clean your knives after use to remove any grime and grease.
3. Be careful when cooking with any liquid. If you’ve just had a particularly saucy meal, make sure you dry the blade off in between cooking each dish and before putting it away. It’s also worth wiping it down with kitchen roll at this point too!
4. Always keep your knives in a dry place. If you leave them out on the counter, they’re likely to get rusty.
5. Don’t use excessive salt when cooking – it can make the blade rust quicker!
How to get rid of accumulated rust on knives:
1. If you’re experiencing a serious amount of rust, you may need to get your knives professionally cleaned. Unfortunately, this can be quite expensive! However, if you have a little rust on your knife, it is possible to clean it yourself.
2. You might want to try sandpaper or fine steel wool as well as regular elbow grease.
3. Alternatively, use a solution of vinegar and water and rub the knife down with the mixture several times on the same day. You can make this yourself by using one part vinegar to two parts water.
4. Lastly, if this doesn’t get rid of the rust and your knife is rusty in places as well as others, you may need to get it professionally sharpened.
Hopefully, this article has given you some pointers on how you can keep your steak knives rust-free. While it is possible to do them yourself, it may be worth considering getting them cleaned by professionals if they’re heavily rusted.