We’ve all done it when it comes to preparing garlic for a meal. The famous chef’s knife garlic smash. Chefs on television do it all the time, so it must be correct, right? I was on Reddit last night and a post caught my attention. A Redditor by the name of PepperCookie posted a picture of a broken knife blade cause by an attempt to smash garlic. The garlic won that round.
As you can see, it’s a perfect example of how not to treat your chef’s knife. I read through the comments section and while many readers mentioned that it broke because it was a cheap knife. I can tell you, it doesn’t matter how expensive or cheap the knife is, it’s not made for smashing garlic. It’s like using a spoon to scoop hard ice cream, and yet, you’re still amazed that the spoon managed to bend.
I made this basic knife care infographic earlier in the year, click to enlarge!