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Before making a slicer purchase review the below points:
One of the first things you need to consider when buying a meat slicer is the cutting blade. Blades range in size from 8 to 14 inches. The 8 and 9 inch blades are sufficient for light-duty cutting. For heavy-duty requirements 12-14 inch blades are the best. These are good for all-round use as well. You should also think about the type of material used to make the blade of the electric meat slicer. It's best to look for a blade made from high carbon stainless steel. This type of blade will resist stains and be easier to sharpen. This type of meat slicer will also have a sharper edge.
You should also think about the type of strokes the meat slicer can have. Some models have different stroke lengths. This type of meat slicer can slice with a 1/3, 1/2, or a full stroke.
Slicers are available in both manual and automatic modes. With manual Slicers you need to move the food back and forth to slice produce. Automatic slicers move the carriage with an electric motor, saving you time and labor. Manual Slicers, on the other hand, allow you to be involved in the end product more than with automatic units by having more hands-on work in the process. A high-quality manual slicer is also great to have as a backup when the electric version malfunctions or breaks down.
Most models hold products that range from 7-1/2 to 12 inches in diameter. If you intend to slice large product, it would be good to confirm that the slicer's carriage will accommodate it. Another important factor is the degree of the angle at which carriage is situated. A steeper carriage angle is preferable as it facilitates self-feeding of the product.
Slicers are usually placed near the sink area for easy washing or somewhere on the kitchen countertop or prep area. Slicers are not big appliances in themselves; however make sure that they fit the prep area designated for them or that there is sufficient space on the kitchen countertop. If you need more space or if you want to move the slicer from station to station, a slicer cart may be a good investment.
If you have an electric slicer in mind check out the speeds available. Most designs only have one speed. However, you can find an electric meat slicer that has multiple speeds. This type of slicer usually operates at speeds between 36 and 52 slices per minute.
Safety Features and Tips:
Check whether there are easy to reach controls so you can stop the slicer quickly and cut guards/food pushers to protect your hands while slicing.
Your slicer can cause serious cut injuries when not properly used. Keep these safety tips in mind while using the slicer:
Keep meat properly in the slicer and ensure that the slicer is kept in proper position before you begin to cutBe careful not to reach across the bladeAfter using remember to turn off the slicer by setting the calibration back to zeroUnplug the slicer before cleaning itUse cut-resistant gloves on both hands while cleaning the blade
If you slice meat and cheese with the same unit you will want to thoroughly clean both the blades and the slicing table before switching foods. With the increasing number of milk and other food allergies, you run the risk of severely harming your customers by not cleaning the unit when switching foods. You'll certainly appreciate a meat slicer that is simple to clean up. This means that the meat slicer you choose should have parts that are easy to wash in the sink or in a dishwasher. Every part that needs to be cleaned should be easy to remove and easy to put back on.
Although there are some great brands of commercial meat slicers out there we've found that Berkel meat slicers consistently tick all the boxes in our checklist. For over a century now, Berkel Slicers have become synonymous with quality meat slicers. Berkel slicers are all belt driven and therefore much less expensive to fix over time should any repair become necessary in the long term. Other slicers are gear driven and wear out their costly to repair gears quickly. Berkel meat slicers also offer powerful, uniform slicing and easy blade adjustment for variable slicing thickness. And to meet safety and sanitary regulations, Berkel slicers are ETL-Listed and NSF-certified.