Learn how to utilize your meat slicer with these tips from Weston and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Whether you process your own meat from hunting, or you just like freshly-sliced meat, a meat slicer is a versatile tool to have in any kitchen. Of course, there’s more than one way to use a meat slicer – plenty of tips for using it correctly. Weston has five ways to use your meat slicer smarter, so you can put your meat slicer to the best use.
1. Slice More Than Just Meat
Meat slicers can be used for more than just meat. You can create perfectly uniform onion slices, pepper rings, etc. Anything you can cut with a mandoline, you can cut with a meat slicer. It works great for anything you want to cut ultra-thin – much better than a knife. From lettuce to bread and cheese, a meat slicer can slice all kinds of food.
2. Use a Serrated Blade For Bread & Cheese
Speaking of bread and cheese, it’s best to use a serrated blade for those two foods. There’s less sticking and crumbling with a serrated blade.
3. Let It Do Its Thing
Don’t force the meat slicer. Some people will make the mistake of pushing the stage across the blade with too much force. It should actually glide right through. Forcing the slicer can actually wear out the motor and slow down the blade.
4. Keep the Food as Cold as Possible
The colder the food, the better your meat slicer will work. Don’t process fully frozen food with your meat slicer. The ice crystals are too hard, and they’ll dull your blade – and overwork your motor. Weston recommends placing meats into the freezer for 30 minutes before slicing, as it will help keep the slices together, rather than crumbling apart.
5. Create a Flat Surface
Slice your cut of meat, loaf of bread, etc. in half before you start slicing. By cutting it in half, you create a flat surface that faces the blade. It makes it easier to cut and you’ll have an easier time slicing uniform pieces.
Meat slicers are great for use in a professional kitchen or at home for processing game. For more tips on kitchen appliances, visit the Blain’s Farm & Fleet In the Kitchen blog.