Besides the normal maintenance that you would give any pocket knife, here are some tips specifically for your fruit knife.
Wash it or rinse it thoroughly, to get rid of fruit residue. The acid content of oranges, lemons, tomatoes and some other fruits would etch the stainless steel.
Dry it to remove all traces of the rinse water. This will prevent some steel parts like the spring and pins from rusting. Even some grades of stainless steel can experience some degree of rusting.
Oil it with cooking oil instead of non-edible oil.
Store it in a clean environment, so you won’t contaminate your fruit next time you use it.
Use a knife-friendly cutting board. Never cut on a ceramic board, because it would dull your blade immediately.
As with any other knife, here are some general tips:
Keep it sharp. The sharper it is, the easier it cuts. Instead of using a stone, I prefer the type of sharpener that has two steel wheels. That way I don’t get any stone grindings contaminating the works. Then rinse and wipe the knife off before use.
Never use your knife as a pry bar or hammer.
Keep it in the pouch when not in use. This assures it won’t get contaminated or misplaced.
It’s fruit trivia time! Which fruit originated in China 4,000 years ago and is a relative of the peach? Your first guess might be the nectarine, right? It is, in fact, the petite and beloved apricot- a fruit rich in vitamins A & C. It made its way slowly westward from China, through the Mediterranean, and finally over to North America, where it mainly settled in California. California produces 95% of our country’s apricots. Yum!
Make this Christmas festive-looking simply by using a fruit knife to carve and slice up oranges, apples, mangos, watermelons…..you name it. Don’t worry about making a mistake. You can eat your mistakes!
A fruit knife is a long slender folding knife that is used to sample or carve fruit or vegetables. It is often used by produce workers to cut a deep square plug in a cantaloupe or watermelon to inspect the innards. It’s a quick neat way to make an important test.
The average fruit & vegetable lover can use this tool to make interesting carvings like these.
Carving with a fruit knife has become an art. It may have started in Thailand. If you have been on a cruise ship, you surely have seen some buffets decorated with carved fruit. It is time consuming, and requires great skill and patience. Here are some fine examples of the handiwork of the best fruit and vegetable carvers…..