Meat slicers have been made available in the market in various sizes, types, and brands. However, their central design always remains the same, thereby making their functioning a step-by-step standard principle. Of course, you must take precautionary measures before operating any of these devices since they involve a heavy, rolling blade and are open to accidents.
What precautionary measures to take before use?
First of all, you should wash your hands properly. Then, use a paper towel to dry them completely. Next, put on gloves. It is best that these gloves are cut-resistant. That way they will not only keep the food hygienic but also protect your hands in case of mishaps while the device is in motion. Be careful not to use steel wool or else you will end up scratching your machine.
Finally, consult and stick to the user manual (if provided by the manufacturer).
How to use?
The fundamental principle of operating a meat slicer is that you fasten a bulk of food to a sliding tray and pass it forward to a spinning razor blade, which will cut out a thin slice of the product for you. The technicalities of the process are also easy to understand. Just follow the steps given below and you will learn how easy it is to maneuver a meat slicer in a safe and successful manner.
- Raise the clamp arm and isolate it from the slicer’s surface. In the carriage space now created, put down a sizeable portion of the meat.
- Bring down the clamp arm over the piece of meat and secure it shut. This way, the meat wouldn’t move from the carriage surface.
- Rotate the adjuster knob according to how thick you want your meat to be chopped.
- Take a piece of wax paper and place it underneath the slicer to obtain the chopped off meat.
- Turn on the switch. As the blade rotates, use the handle on the carriage loaded with meat to push it forward.
- Cut a slice out as a sample to check the thickness. If it is not according to your standards, adjust the thickness.
- Using your right hand, shove the carriage back and forth over the spinning razor. With your left hand, prevent the sliced pieces of meat from falling off the wax paper.
- Turn off the machine once your desired number of slices has been reached.
- Put away the extra bulk of meat in a plastic wrap in the refrigerator.
- As for the chopped off pieces, store those in a cool place until use.
- Thoroughly clean off any meat residue from the unit including the blade, carriage, and the bottom of the machine.
- Spin the dial to achieve a thickness setting of zero so that the next person to use the blade will be safe from any accidental cuts.
Tips to remember
- Do not slice completely frozen meat. Allow it to thaw before placing it under the blade.
- Do not try to chop wholly raw meat.
- When not using, unplug the machine.
- Keep the slicer away from children, at all times – plugged or not.
- Do not let an amateur operate the device.