Do you own a commercial meat slicer? The chances are, if you run a delicatessen, sandwich shop or butcher's shop, your meat slicer might be one of the most frequently used appliances on the premises. Even if you don't own one, you might be able to save yourself a whole lot of prep time in slicing meat, cheese and other foods.
Today's meat slicers have come on a long way from their original invention back in 1898. Back then, slicers were huge machines and slicing was very manual, with the power coming from a hand crank. The modern professional meat slicer uses a powerful motor to spin a razor-sharp blade at thousands of revolutions per minute, making short work of hard meats and cutting them at precisely the right thickness. Portion control can easily be monitored, allowing you to carefully control stock and reduce waste.
How to Use a Meat SlicerMeat slicers might seem complicated to use, but they really are quite easy if used carefully. The YouTube video below demonstrates just how easy it is.
How to Clean a Meat Slicer
How to Sharpen a Meat Slicer BladeIf the meat slicer begins to produce uneven or broken slices, or if food starts sticking to the blade, it may be blunt and require sharpening.
More information can be found on our Using Meat Slicers guide.
By David Evans