What is a serrated knife used for?
Serrated knives are often associated with bread knives. And while they may indeed be used to cut bread, they may also be used as utility knives for cutting various foods with hard exteriors and soft interiors. Serrated knives work particularly well for slicing tomatoes. That being said, they are unsuitable for chopping and dicing, as their serrations might ‘tear’ the food being prepared.
Can serrated knives be sharpened?
Yes, serrated knives can be sharpened. Use a sharpening steel that is the same width as your blade’s serrations, and sharpen the knife tooth by tooth. If a burr forms on the flat side of the knife, then run the burr over the sharpening steel once. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that quality serrated knives don’t require sharpening, sometimes for years, because of the way they’re made.
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