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You Should Wrap Your Knives In Newspaper, According To Professional Chefs
By Alexis Montoya
There are several ways to get the most out of your knife — like washing it by hand instead of in a dishwasher, using it only on wooden or plastic cutting boards, honing it before every use, and sharpening it once the blade starts to dull. As for preserving your knife, one chef suggests using newspaper.
Koji Hagihara, the executive chef at Hakata TonTon in NYC, tells People to "wrap your knives in newspaper when you store them away," as the light oils found in the newspaper ink help prevent rust from forming over time. Those oils are most likely an organic compound, with soybean oil being commonly found in newspapers across the United States.
Additionally, storing knives in wooden blocks can dull them and contaminate them with yeast, mold, and other germs, but preserving them in a newspaper can efficiently keep these from happening. So, instead of using magnetic strips and knife blocks, or placing your knives in a drawer with other utensils, wrap them in a newspaper as an affordable way to keep them sharp.