I'm not sure that I even want one, since I can see a finger accident waiting to happen, but does anyone have a meat slicer? I saw one on Amazon and I'm thinking it would be great to be able to slice deli meat or cheese so that it's fresher.
If you have one, how do you like it? Do you use it?
I don't have one here at home, but I have worked in a deli where I used one on a regular basis.
The idea is a fabulous one- I love the idea of being able to roast my own meats and then slice them thin for sandwiches.
But having used and cleaned one, I can't imagine having one here at home! First off, you probably would want a dedicated space for it on a counter. They are very heavy.
When we would have to take apart the slicers at the end of the day at the deli, we would wear kevlar gloves, because those blades are crazy sharp and wouldn't take much to lose a finger. The actual cleaning was easy if it was cleaned after each use. I am not sure how the blades were sharpened- that might also be an issue.
It would make me very nervous to have one in the home.
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Thanks for the feed back mrswaz. I was thinking of a smaller version than a deli would have. I bet the blade is super sharp, and that is my hesitation. The space isn't an issue as I have a huge U-shaped bar in the basement that it could fit on and not be in the way.
If you have the space to have it out all the time, then to me the big things would be to have a cover for it to keep it clean when not using, and having a pair of kevlar gloves. Then making sure that you USE the gloves every time you are using or cleaning the machine.
You made me curious, so I went looking on Amazon at different slicers. (Boy, won't DH be disappointed when he starts seeing them pop up on "items you looked at" and then we don't get one!)
This one has excellent reviews and you can buy replacement blades from the manufacturer if you needed to.
I've bought it three years ago and it's still smooth and extremely clean and precise. Of course I clean it about every two or three days to avoid dirt and dust and protect the mechanism from wear. Being a professional meat slicer it was quite expensive though, but I think it's been a good investement at the end of the day. I use it to slice meat, deli and cheese and it works fine in every case. Of course I wouldn't reccomend it for home use, it's way too professional and expensive for occasional use.
I once had (and probably still do) a manually-operated meat slicer. I didn't hate it and can't remember why I stopped using it. I'm sure it because it was moved to the back of a very high or very low shelf and I forgot about it. (Do they even make manual slicers these days?)