A meat slicer is a must when you’re running a deli place. Even when you aren’t, these tools can come quite handy during your everyday cooking and chopping. They make life so much easier and they’re versatile, which means you can use them to slice not just meat but also cheese, sausages, and any other deli products. With such flexibility of purpose arrives the dire need to clean these machines.
Reasons why cleaning a slicer is necessary
There are three reasons why:
- Your meat slicer will wear out at some point. Cleaning and maintaining it regularly might help prolong its life.
- If the slicer is being used for more than just meat, other food particles may get stuck to it if not cleaned after use. The result will be a growth of bacteria and eventual food contamination.
- If not cleaned, the multi-purpose slicer is bound to alter the taste/texture of products by transferring flavors or food particles from one product to another.
Steps to undertake when cleaning
- Turn your thickness setting to zero and with the device in motion, clean away sizeable food residue. It is best to attach a scrub to a cleaning wand and wipe off both sides of the blade carefully.
- Ensure that the plug is out of the socket and the device is turned off by now.
- Check the gauge plate; it should be tightly shut, and the sharpening stone should not come in its way.
- Now, the center plate and slice deflector should be removed.
- Take out the product tray as well.
- Wash the components removed in steps 4 and 5. Then, rinse them under water and sanitize them using a solution. Keep them aside to dry.
- Clean the blade thoroughly. It would be ideal to use a tool to remove the blade first and then clean it. However, the task can also be done without the ejection of the blade.
- Next, create a cleaning solution. Take fifty percent hot water and add fifty percent dish soap to it. You can also purchase a degreaser spray as an easy alternative to the solution.
- Wipe the blade, front and back, with a solution or spray (whichever you find at your disposal). Cleaning motion should be from center to outwards.
- Follow through cleaning the center of the device i.e. at the back of the blade.
- Rub off any remaining components along with the exterior of the unit.
- Now clean up the solution or spray by rinsing the slicer with hot water and a clean towel.
- Disinfect by using a meat sanitizer spray. Apply a coat and leave it out in the open to dry.
- Take up your spray lubricant and grease the sliding rods.
- Wait for the unit to dry.
- Put the blade back in along with the faceplate and product tray.
In case you notice water droplets accumulating in some areas of the slicer, use a non-linting towel to dry the section and apply a lubricant to prevent corrosion. If too much water retention occurs, replace the components.