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Nov 8, 2011 12:30 PM

The Best Meat Slicers and Where to Buy One?

I want to buy my husband a really good HOME meat slicer for salumi for a gift. Anyone have a good suggestion on what model to buy and where to buy it?

Thanks for the help....

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  1. If it's only for slicing salumi, then I suggest an appropriate knife instead. I own a meat slicer which I no longer use. It's a bitch to clean, but good for large slicing jobs. I've never had large slicing jobs. It seemed like a better idea but turned out to be less than useful.

    Slicing salumi, with a knife and a slicer in the link to a youtube video below. Think about cleaning the knife and then think about cleaning the slicer, and then decide which is better for you. Just my 2 cents.

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    1. re: rosetown

      thanks for the info on your slicer experience. I'll give my purchase careful thought before I jump in..

    2. A really good meat slicer will set you back 500 to 1000, i've tried 3 of the cheaper home units and they all sucked, commercial is the only way to go and all resto supply stores have them. Here's a few
      This one looks promising

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      1. re: Dave5440

        thanks a lot for that info...I'll check in to those sources.

      2. knowing the cleaning issues and putting that aside. . . . .

        if you want to get a really good meat slicer - get a Berkel, a manual restored vintage Berkel if you want to really drop some cash. They are beautiful pieces of equipment.

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        1. re: thimes

          It's a work of art - I would pay admission just to see it.

          1. re: rosetown

            They are amazing.

            For anyone reading this that isn't familiar with them (there are other brands that are like this as well but . . . ), they are completely manual. Turning the crank in the front not only moves the meat to be sliced back and forth but it also turns the cutting blade. Don't hold me to this but I'm pretty sure the slicer Whole Foods uses (at least near me) for their prosciutto is a Berkel (if you want to see a modern one in action).

            So you can even slice during a snow storm with no power :D

            1. re: thimes

              That sounds really cool. Any idea how difficult they are to clean??

              1. re: JENNYBEEAY

                I don't really know. I do know that the new models (as opposed to the restored ones) are easier to clean as the part that holds the meat is removable and can be run through the dishwasher. The blade I'm not sure about really but my understanding is that they have developed a sort of clamp that goes around the blade to lift it off - protect your fingers from the cutting edge - and which can then be washed while protected. I just have never used that and don't know if it is on all models.

          2. re: thimes

            we don't have the same one at work but we have which is similar and still fun to use :P

            1. re: thimes

              That's a beauty. Now that's what I'm looking for. This will definitely look good under the Christmas tree. Thank you!

              1. re: JENNYBEEAY

                I don't know if this link will work, but if you live in CA, the Costco Business Centers may have a professional-type slicer that is small enough and affordable enough to work in a home. I have one and it's great.


                Yeah, the link doesn't work, but if you click on it, and then on the resulting page go to Business Delivery and enter your zip (tell them you're "Commercial" when they ask), and then search for "slicer" it should come up (assuming you're in their area).

            2. Watch Craigslist, I see several here weekly. I picked up a Hobart Automatic at a military surplus auction for $360. I recently saw a commercial Chef-Mate at a SAVERS for $300 that looked new.

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