A meat slicer is one of those appliances you don't realise you need one until you get one. There is nothing more satisfying than slicing your own steaks, cutting your own bread or presenting a well garnished meal thanks to your own personal slicer.
If you are anything like my wife, you love a good platter, and if your anything like my wives friends you like everything to be perfect. You could spend hours and hours meretriciously cutting everything perfect to impress, or simply throw everything through your slicer to get yourself in the good books.. because you know what they say.
"Happy wife, Happy life."
Slicers may seem like a piece of equipment that will be expensive and something that you really shouldnt be spending money on, however, as you will find out below you can actually get some great meat slicers for the same price as a decent carving knife. Its time time have a think.. do I want to be using a knife.. or a slicer??
Power: When buying a meat slicer you really want to make sure you are buying one that will have enough power to cut what you intend to cut. Basically, there are two different types of slicers. Gear driven, belt driven and a combination of the two.
Typically belt driven meat slicers lack the real power that you get with gear driven slicers, so if you are planing on slicing bigger slices or harder meats you should consider leaning towards the gear driven slicer.
However, if you are looking for a more simple in-home slicer, the belt driver slicer would be your go to, they are quieter and work perfectly on those softer, thin sliced meats.
Blade Type: When it comes to blades you typically have two option. A serrated blade or a smooth edge blade.
Serrated blades are used for slicing tough meat and bread. A serrated blade can also get through most vegetables, however, can leave a messy edge.
Smooth blades work best on vegetables (you get a cleaner cut) and lean meats. You want to steer clear of tough meat and crusty bread though.
If you want a slicer that you want to use for everyday slicing, you would be best to get a secondary blade to switch in and out.
Thickness: All slicers have an adjustable thickness, which is typically controlled by a knob on the machine. Generally, the higher the higher the number the thicker the slice and the lower the number the thinner slice you will get. This can differ from brand to brand though.
Rubber Feet: Its common practice to have rubberised feet on the base of the slicer. This gives the slicer more grip on the work surface and also helps protect your work surface.
Safety Blade Lock: Blade lock functions are common these days and they are a great safety feature to have. The blade lock prevents the blade from moving unintentionally. This is a good feature if you are storing the slicer in the reach of children.
Size: Slicers are a fairly large appliance. Unfortunately, they do not break down for easy storage, so make sure before you buy that you have enough room to store the slicer.
Food Tray: No days lots of meat slicers come with a sliding food tray. This makes it incredibly easy to slice large cuts without having to stop every few slices to move them to a plate.
Cleaning: Cleaning a meat slicer should not be a difficult or long process. As the food tray cannot be removed from most slicers the easiest way is to swing the food tray out and clean over the sink.
Dual Safety Switch: A dual safety switch prevents accidental start-ups. However, this feature can get quite annoying and inconvenient depending on the model of the slicer. If you keep vigilant with storage and where you are using the slicer this feature is not really necessary in my eyes.
Hand Guard: The hand guard is an essential feature. It protects you against accidental slips when slicing your meat. Countless times this feature has saved my hands and fingers.
Like all kitchen and cooking equipment is essential that you thoroughly clean your slicer. This is for two main reasons.
The first is for hygiene purposes, you want to clean all meat off the slicer to prevent any food borne diseases.
The second is to prolong the life of your slicer.As technology develops meat slicers are getting easier and easier to clean, this is thanks to more and more removable parts being added.
The best way to clean your slicers is with hot soapy water, a cloth and lots of elbow grease. I would advise you to stay away from nasty cleaners filled with chemicals, this has the chance to damage your slicer and also taint your food.
Lubricating your slicer is just as important as cleaning. You want to keep the blade well oiled so it keeps a fast, consistent rotation. You also want to stay on top of oiling so the blade doesn’t rust.
The best oil for the job is food grade machine oil. Canola and vegetable oil can turn the blade blunt and rusty.
Weight: 33 pounds
Power: 240 Watts
Slicing Thickness: 1 - 12mm
The blade is a chromium-plated carbon steel blade which is corrosion and heat protected. With help from the genius top-mounted, double whetstones you will enjoy not needing to sharpen your blade by hand. It is actually amazing how long the blade will stay sharp for.
The double illuminated power switch is large and placed in a handy spot, perfect for stopping in an emergency situation. The 240 watt motor slices through everything from fresh fruit to large cuts of cured meat without any issues. Perfect for the home or in a commercial kitchen/ deli.
This meat slicer has a solid thickness spectrum from 1-12mm.
Weight: 38.5 pounds
Material: Aluminum Alloy
Power: 320 Watts
Slicing Thickness: 0 - 10mm
Weight: 14 pounds
Material: Stainless steel
Power: 180 Watt
Slicing Thickness: 0 - 14mm
Weight: 36 pounds
Power: 150 Watt
Slicing Thickness: 0 - 12mm
Weight: 10 pounds
Material: Aluminum & stainless steel
Power: 120 Watt
Slicing Thickness: 0 - 16mm
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You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!
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