Maintenance and Cleaning Guide for Electric Meat Slicers
Our kitchen appliances, the trusted chef’s companion. They lay in wait for you to turn to them and power them to life. The appliance does your bidding, faithfully grinding, mixing, heating, cooking, slicing. They make the kitchen- the heart of the home- come alive. Without their presence, a kitchen just isn’t a kitchen. True, some appliances aren’t as useful as others. Let’s face it, their society isn’t an equal one. However, with the right appliance, our cooking experience is so much easier and exciting. One shudders to think what you would do if one broke or went missing.
One of those truly amazing appliances is the electric meat slicer, a zealous and efficient machine that whirrs without hesitation when needed to. No more are we at the mercy of the delis. With this wondrous appliance, we can now make those slices of glorious meats, cheeses and veggies right in our home. The slicer doesn’t complain. It takes whatever you hand it and does what you need it to. The blade, a sharp rotary powered by an unnoticed motor, transforming huge chunks of meat into thin slices just for you. So, if this machine loyally serves, why not show it some love as well? With this maintenance and cleaning guide for electric meat slicers, you’ll be able to give your slicer that much needed TLC.
Why Keeping Your Slicer Clean is Crucial
So, the most elementary of maintenance practices, for a meat slicer is, you guessed it, cleaning it. Now, I’m not talking about a quick, let’s get this over with kind of cleaning. You have got to take your time and expend a little bit of your energy. What’s the point, you ask? Well, isn’t it obvious. Imagine this, the blade in motion, rapidly rotating and viciously severing the meat you feed it. This blade has seen so many different types of foods, slicing them unapologetically each time. And each time, morsels of food, debris from the battle, get pelted around and within the slicer. These pieces get lodged in the dark and unseen areas of your slicer. The blade, as well, is left with tiny food portions on it as a reminder of its achievements. Shred after shred, crumb after crumb, fragment after fragment, the debris piles. And guess what loves the company of these little particles, bacteria.
So you return home one evening and need to slice some cheese or ham. You power on the slicer and, obligingly, it starts to growl. This time, however, it’s laden with bacteria inside it and in a few minutes, the bacteria will be all over your evening meal. If you’ve suffered from food poisoning, you know that bacteria isn’t your friend and all you need to do to avoid the food poisoning ordeal is to give your slicer a good clean. But that’s not the only peril of not properly cleaning your meat slicer. The fragments of food that pile up in the machine, are very likely to lodge at a place that may cause the slicer to jam. Try and picture yourself pushing some food into the slicer when it suddenly ceases motion. Just like that, from a high speed to no speed at all with your hand close by. I need not explain more. So the risks are real folks, make sure you properly clean your slicer after every use. That’s right, after each time you use it, you must give it a good and thorough clean. In fact, if you use yours commercially, then it’s recommended that you clean the meat slicer every 4 hours. While the higher end slicers like the BESWOOD 10′ Premium Chromium-plated Carbon Steel Blade Slicer and the KWS Premium 200w Electric Meat Slicer may not require much TLC, you should still performance regular maintenance on them.
How To Keep Your Slicer Clean
How, then, do you go about cleaning the slicer? Cleaning the meat slicer shouldn’t be a hurried affair. To get it done properly, you will need time and patience. If you’ve got these two, clear up some space on the kitchen counter. Then, you’ll also need some chlorine bleach, two cleaning cloths, hot water, a one gallon bucket, some cooking oil, dish detergent and, you really need these, cut resistant gloves.
- Right, first things first, disconnect the power. This step seems like a no brainer on paper but can be just as easily forgotten.
- Good, with that done, prepare a sanitizing solution by half filling the one gallon bucket with hot water then adding one cup of bleach to it, nice and easy.
- Now immerse the cloths in this solution. Okay, at this step, you need to put on the cut resistant gloves because we’re going into the slicer. Grab one of the cloths and squeeze out excess liquid and wipe out any larger fragments of food with the sanitized cloth.
- Now we get to the crux of the process. You need to disassemble the slicer. Not to worry, if you have the user manual, the instructions should be right in there. In any case, most home slicers are dead easy to disassemble. Simply unscrew the screw securing the blade cover and presto, all the pieces are rendered asunder.
- Okay, that done, fill the sink with hot water and mix with some dish detergent. You can have some fun while at it and make some bubbles. Wash all the parts that come into contact with food. Make sure, also, you wash both sides of the blade, using a circular wiping motion from the center going outwards then rinse all parts properly with hot water.
- Now we sanitize. Apply the bleach solution to the slicer then allow to properly dry before lubricating with a thin coat of the cooking oil.
- Finally, once the slicer is completely dry, reassemble the parts. And there you have it, you have just completed a thorough cleaning of your slicer. Follow these steps after every use and you and your slicer should be just fine.
Cleaning Is One Thing, but Maintaining It Is Another
To keep your slicer in tip top condition, you will also need to make sure the blade remains sharp. Using a slicer with a dull blade is like trying to drive a car with flat tires so ensure you frequently sharpen it. You should only sharpen a clean blade and then once done, clean and disinfect it before restoring it in the slicer.
Also, follow the manufacturer’s instructions of use and try not to use your slicer for its unintended purpose, okay? Read our Safety Guide for more information!
If the slicer is not in use, have it covered and placed in a cupboard away from the usual kitchen traffic. If for some reason your slicer didn’t come with its own cover, a tea towel will do just fine. We know that at some point, certain parts in the slicer will call it quits.
If you use yours often, this will be sooner rather than later. The blades sometimes get chipped or even warped after prolonged use so regularly inspect them for defects. The gears, especially in the budget slicers, being made of plastic, will probably need replacing quickly as well. And, of course, the power behind the blades, the motor. We don’t expect the motor to lose steam quickly, but remember that it does a lot of work and so eventually, hopefully much later, you might need to replace it.
But not to worry, the manufacturers offer at least 1 year warranty with their slicers. Within this period, if anything goes wrong, you can return the appliance to them and, if they’re serious about their business, they should give you a replacement one. Bundled with the warranty is phone and email support for assistance. Before buying your slicer, do make sure you get this after sales service. A manufacturer shouldn’t let you walk alone.