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You spent days crafting the perfect registry, hours ooh-ing and aah-ing as you unwrapped each gift, now is the time to preserve these expensive pieces for years to come. Here's how to handle the top 5 most registered for items with care now so that they'll be in perfect condition on your first, fifth, tenth, and later wedding anniversary!
Chef Mike Lim, of Roka Akor sushi restaurants, specially orders his knives from Japan so knows the importance of proper care, which begins with storage. "Knives should be kept separated from your other kitchen utensils. Avoid banging the edges against hard surfaces or dropping them accidentally. In order to maintain good working condition, clean off excess residue as thoroughly and expeditiously as possible so that it would not build up on your knives' surface." And once your beloved eight-inch chef's knife starts to get dull? Sharpen it immediately — at least twice a year — to avoid cut fingers and smooshed tomatoes. "You should sharpen your knives at least twice a year, if not more with frequent use," says Lim. "When it comes to more expensive knives, your money is well spent with a professional sharpening service as it is guaranteed that they would come back correctly sharpened with minimal metal removed, which will allow you to use them longer."
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
The standout in any kitchen, this multihued mixer is a registry staple. To keep the appliance gleaming stick to just a damp rag, avoiding all chemical cleaners (after unplugging, of course). Although maintenance of the mixer is important, the accessories also play a role in longevity, and most are dishwasher safe! Just keep the whisk and burnished accessories out.
As it makes sense for any product that you'll cook on, wash your ceramic stone when it comes out of the box. Avoid any harsh cleaners and stick with warm water only. (The porous surface will absorb any chemicals and flavors.) If it does get stained, apply a paste of baking soda and water to rub off.
As for storage? Leave it in the oven. You'll never forget to let it preheat with the oven and the repeated heating and cooling will harden the ceramic and make your crusts extra crispy.
Butcher Block cutting board
There's a reason hefty butcher block cutting boards are in demand. The beautiful wood grain of a butcher block is more gentle on your knives than plastic. Protect this kitchen workhorse with monthly wood oil applications. Keeping the wood hydrated will prevent the board from splitting along any seams. Avoid cutting poultry or fish on the block and keep it clear of liquids, the block's porous surface is absorbent—also why you should stick to a gentle dish soap when cleaning.
There's a reason fine silver flatware is handed down through generation, so whether you've inherited a set or starting a new tradition, keep it pristine for the next users. Clean the spoons, forks, and knives with a gentle dish soap immediately after use. Even if you use the dishwasher, hand-dry the utensils to prevent water spots from forming.
Don't be afraid of overuse: Daily use can keep the utensils shiny! If used infrequently, store the flatware in soft flannel storage bags. But even if rarely used, the silverware requires an annual polishing (perfect for a Netflix binge!).