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Commercial Meat Slicers
A Look at Commercial Meat Slicers
If you own a deli, a meat shop, a butcher's shop, or a supermarket and you are looking to sell meat like steak, pork chops, lamb chops, ground beef, and other cuts of meat and cuts of cheeses, you will surely benefit from a good-quality meat slicer.
A meat slicer, also known as a a slicing machine (which also includes commercial deli slicer units) or simply a slicer, is a piece of equipment used to slice meats and cheeses.
There are different types of commercial slicers depending on what you require for your establishment. A heavy-duty commercial meat slicer will find a home in establishments where there is a high demand for cuts of meat day in and day out. Heavy use is often defined as slicing meat all day. These heavy duty meat slicer units consume more electricity compared to lighter-duty units but will do an efficient and effective job.
Light-duty commercial slicer units, on the other hand, consume less electricity than their heavy-duty counterparts but are not built for heavy use. Light use is defined as having a slicer work for less than two hours on a daily basis. Medium use is defined as having a slicer work for two to four hours a day.
Meat slicers can also double as generic commercial food slicers that are used to slice not just meat but breads and cheeses as well.
One important thing to remember, however, irrespective of the type of slicer you purchase, is that it is important to thoroughly clean the blade of your commercial food slicer in between slicing different types of food items. This is because, for instance, when shifting from slicing meat to cheese in one unit, you are risking contaminating either foods. This can be potentially harmful because there are people who suffer from food allergies, especially those allergic to milk, and contaminating meat with lactose from the milk can be dangerous. In return, potential bacteria found in raw meats such as salmonella and E. coli can contaminate raw cheeses.
A Brief History of the Commercial Meat Slicer
The first meat slicer, which is a precursor to the modern commercial meat slicer, was invented in 1898 by Wilhelm van Berkel in Rotterdam. This is where the Berkel meat slicer's name came from.
Needless to say, the Berkel slicer helped revolutionize the butcher's trade. Credited as the first commercial slicer, Berkel's machine worked by moving the carriage and food into a spinning blade. Thanks to this early commercial meat slicer, the quality of meat cuts improved and it lessened the work of the butcher.
The Berkel slicer, in turn, is a precursor to the famous Hobart meat slicer. Nowadays an electric meat slicer is the norm, but many years ago, the first slicer was operated by hand crank.