those who simply hadn’t the time to cut meat
by hand. For today’s health conscience cooks;
however,the right meat slicer can allow you
to recreate much of the processed foods you’ve
come to love while skipping on all of the health
Meat Slicer Buying Guide
What is a Meat Slicer?
I can’t praise the above three products enough. Of all meat slicers available on the market, these three are, without question, of the highest quality. However, you may wish to do some searching on your own for whatever reason. If this is the case, try keeping the following considerations in mind to ensure you come out with the best possible product for you.
How thick do you plan on cutting your meats?
Believe it or not, every slicer is different in this regard. While most (though certainly not all) models can cut meats as thin as you’d like, the maximum level of thickness will vary from model to model. Any meat slicer worth your while will always display its maximum slicing thickness. If you can’t find this number on the box or with a quick search online, you’re likely better off taking your money elsewhere.
Do you need safety features?
There is no one best safety feature. There are a multitude of means through which a manufacturer can ensure your slicer’s blade will remain tucked away when not in use. One thing that does stay consistent among slicers’ safety features; however, is that they all mark up the price. Consider who else lives in your home and whether or not you’ll need to go the extra mile for added safety features. If you have children in the home, such features are a must.
What will you be cutting?
The difference between cutting a fresh sausage and a frozen log of ground beef is rather large. Check to see how powerful your slicer is before finalizing your purchase. More often than not, manufacturers will give you some indication as to what their slicers can be used for. By only getting the power you need, you may be able to save a significant amount of money on your next purchase.
Types of Meat Slicers
For the most part, meat slicers can be placed into three main (unofficial) categories. Let’s take a look at said categories and see which one is best suited toward use in your kitchen.
- Small-Scale Slicers – These slicers are marked by their small blades and their food carriages which may be shorter in height. These are best if you simply need something to slice pepperoni, jerky and other small cuts of meat.
- Mid-Scale Slicers – These are a step above small-scale slicers and are great for cutting traditional deli meats. Simply put, if it can fit within two slices of bread, it can fit in one of these slicers. You’ll also be able to cut standard-sized blocks of cheese without issue.
- Large-Scale Slicers – These are best for large meats (turkey, pork shoulders, etc.) and can likely handle anything you can throw at them. These are also able to tackle fruit, vegetables and giant blocks or even wheels of cheese. If you plan on cutting more than just meat, a large-scale slicer should be considered essential. For reference, the three slicers we covered earlier in this review belong to this category. In fact, anything labeled as a food slicer (as opposed to a meet slicer) likely fits into this category.
Common Meat Slicer Features
There is no best slicer when it comes to choosing from the above types. There are; however, certainly features you should always look out for in any meat slicer you may happen to have your sights set on. Keep an eye out for slicers exhibiting the below features when you’re shopping.
- Lots of Removable Parts – Normally, when a product has many pieces which need to be assembled and disassembled, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that it will be more of a pain to work with than anything. In the case of meat slicers; however, a higher number of removable parts translates to less Because this is an appliance which needs to be cleaned, being able to take the time to take your slicer apart will likely shorten the amount of time you spend cleaning.
- A Blade Shield – While perhaps not an official term, I refer to the metal or plastic portion of a slicer’s frame that covers the top of its blade. While some safety features can be considered as being optional, this is not one of those features. If a slicer’s blade doesn’t have a shield, your fingers might thank you later on down the road if you keep shopping around for a better model.
Outside of the two above features (which should be considered as being downright essential), what you look for in a blade all comes down to you. If one of the three models we covered earlier seems to offer what you’re looking for, I’d highly suggest going with that one. Otherwise, by keeping all of the above tips in mind, you’ll be able to recreate your favorite deli meats and more in no time at all.