How to Use, Clean and Sharpen Your Meat Slicer

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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 Slicer

Meat 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

  • Disconnect the appliance from the power supply.
  • Push the carriage away from the blade.
  • Unscrew the blade cover release bolt and carefully lift off the blade cover.
  • Attach the blade removal tool by placing it over the blade and screwing the two bolts into the corresponding holes in the blade.
  • Unscrew the 3 screws holding the blade, leaving it sat on the slicer and lift the blade off the slicer using the knobs of the blade removal tool as handles.
  • Wash the blade by wiping from the centre towards the edge. Keep the removal tool in place when cleaning. If necessary, wipe clean the face of the blade once it has been reattached.
  • Dry thoroughly.
  • Replace the blade and cover, ensuring the blade securing bolt is securely tightened<

How to Sharpen a Meat Slicer Blade

If 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.

  • To sharpen the blade unscrew the sharpener release bolt and lift off the blade sharpener.
  • Rotate the sharpener 180° and insert it back into the appliance.
  • Tighten the Sharpener release bolt to secure the sharpener.
  • Start the appliance.
  • Press and hold down the rear sharpening stone button to sharpen the blade. Do not exceed one minute of constant sharpening.
  • Release the rear stone and press down the front sharpening stone button for a few seconds to smooth the edge of the blade.
  • Turn off the appliance and return the sharpener to its original position, ensuring it is securely tightened.

More information can be found on our Using Meat Slicers guide.

By David Evans


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