It turns out a certain grain, which you probably already have on hand, is all you need.

Charlie Heller
February 26, 2018

Got too many knives for your knife block? Or just no knife block at all? Food & Wine Culinary Director Justin Chapple has the Mad Genius Tip that'll get you safely storing all your blades away, using just two easy-to-find items.

You'll need a tall, sturdy, container, and a bag of plain white rice. Yes, that's it!

Chapple goes with a nice ceramic one, but just about any material you'd like will probably work, so long as it's not flimsy. Next, pour the rice in, nearly to the top.

Believe it or not, you can now step back and admire your work, because you have just assembled a highly versatile new knife block! Take your knives, and stick them right into the DIY knife storage solution, and go towel off after a construction job well-done. As Chapple demonstrates, unlike a traditional knife block, this will store just about any knife you've got, and you can even use it for kitchen shears or other, longer and/or sharp objects that need storing.

Since it's also the most customizable knife storage device out there, all you'll need to do is make sure you're container is large enough for your growing knife collection. 

If you're looking for ways to start fleshing out your rice-bound knife collection, check out Food & Wine's list of knives chefs can't live without. And once you've got them, make sure you're treating them right, and ensure all your knives last many a Mad Genius Tip to come. No, knives may not be the best way to cut cake, but when it comes to slicing up just about everything else, you'll be reaching for that rice more than you ever thought possible.