Underrated in the home: how to use slicers

How to reduce the time spent in the kitchen, every housewife thinks. Modern kitchens are filled with all kinds of technology, it greatly simplifies work. But there are appliances that get little attention, considering them affordable and necessary for restaurants, but not for home cooking. One such underrated appliance is the slicer .

Many people think that it is needed only in stores or restaurants, and for home it is superfluous, but this is far from the case. Homemade slicer not only saves time but also budget. Slices of sausage are smoother and thinner – sausage will last longer. In addition, thanks to the slicer, you can make cheese, meat, fruit and vegetable slices in seconds, as beautiful as in a restaurant. For those who love sandwiches, this is generally an irreplaceable thing. No more bread crumbs, just slices of exactly the right thickness.

What are slicers

Slicers can be universal – they cut everything, or they can be designed for a single product, for example, for bread (a knife with sharp teeth), cheese (a teflon-coated circular knife), fish (a carriage that is located at an angle to the knife).

Depending on the control method, a distinction is made between:

Manual or mechanical slicer. The circular knife will have to be twisted by hand (while serving the product with the second). The device develops hand coordination and muscles

Semi-automatic slicer. The circular knife rotates automatically, your task is only to feed the product. Convenient and budget option for your home.

Automatic slicer. Both the rotation of the disc and the feeding of the product are automatic. Such slicers allow you to set the required number of slices and their thickness. After pressing the start button, your participation is no longer required. It remains only to pick up the sliced ​​product.
















Also distinguish between home and professional slicers (for shops and restaurants). The latter are more powerful and more expensive.

Disc – are vertical and inclined. Allows you to cut the product into thin slices of a given thickness.
Graters – there are different types, for example, for cutting into strips or cubes.
What a household slicer consists of

The device that is most often used at home is the semi-automatic slicer. It includes:

Frame. It can be plastic and metal. Plastic is cheaper, metal is safer.
Electric motor rotating the knife.
The knife itself or a set of interchangeable discs / graters.
Protective cover (to avoid injury during cutting).
Pusher and receiving tray for the cut product.
Device control panel, with a slice thickness regulator.
Guide plate with pressure device.
Power cable.
Built-in sharpening mechanism.

How to use the slicer

Slicers are easy and safe to use.

Prepare the device for operation according to the instructions. Make sure there are no unnecessary items in the device. Plug in its power cord.
Prepare the food for slicing. Remove the original packaging. Clean from ropes, pits, film, etc.
Place the product on a substrate. Select the slice size using the slider. Click the Start button.
Move the carriage. Follow the process.
Place the finished product on a plate. Everything is ready!

To cut the product at an angle, the first piece must be cut with a knife.

What can be sliced ​​with a slicer
The universal device is capable of slicing: meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits and bread. Some models can handle frozen food as well.

A different knife is used for each product. The use of an unsuitable knife will, at a minimum, lead to an ugly appearance of the product, and may even cause damage to the device.

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To prevent the appliance from gathering dust in a dark corner, plan for a permanent place for it on the kitchen work surface. If you don’t have to take it out and put it away every time you use it, you’ll use it much more often.

Here are just a few examples of daily use in the home:

Thin lemon slices into tea;
Beautiful sandwiches for breakfast;
Elegantly decorated snacks for the festive table;
Quick cutting of vegetables for salads;
Onion rings without tears;
Fruit cuts for the whole family;
Smooth pieces of bread, without a bunch of crumbs around.
How to choose a slicer for home

There are many options on the market that are easy and confusing. Let’s outline the most important factors that you should pay attention to when choosing :

Quality stainless steel serrated knife. The task of cutting is the main emphasis on this moment. Serrated knives handle all types of food. A straight knife cuts bread, fruits and vegetables worse.
The self-sharpening function is very convenient. Saves time and hassle.
Power is 8-200 W, for household purposes 100 W is more than enough.
Rubber feet to prevent the slicer from “jumping” on the table surface.
The accidental activation lock is useful for those who have small children.
The interchangeable dicing and stripping attachments are useful if you frequently make salads and preserves.

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The range of cutting thickness, the number of speeds, the color of the body – these are all additional options that you can take into account at your choice, there are no special recommendations here. Pulse mode allows you to cut heterogeneous products, but if you are cutting in small quantities this option is not necessary.

The carriage should be easy to move and also have a handle that protects the user’s thumb when pushing.

Pros and cons
The main advantages of the slicer:

Saves time;
Allows you to make the presentation of snacks, fruits and vegetables beautiful;
Affordable price;
Easy and safe to use;
Easy to care for and maintain.
The disadvantages of this device are as follows:

Electricity is consumed, if you cut with a knife, then only physical strength and time are wasted, but this is still a matter of choosing between a mechanical and an electrical device.
To cut any product, you need a device with a sufficient number of attachments.
Some models make a lot of noise during operation. This can get in the way when you want to make a sandwich in the morning, and your family is still sleeping.
How to care for your slicer so that it lasts a long time
Clean and wash after every use. Do not allow food residues to dry on parts of the device. Always wash the knife separately.
Prepare the food thoroughly before slicing, removing all solid elements from it.
Use only a knife suitable for the product.
Cut the bread after fatty foods, so the disc is self-cleaning.
Before cutting the cheese, wipe the knife blade with a damp cloth. The cheese will not stick and crumble.
Meat with fat, place the fat side up, this will facilitate the cutting process.
The slicer, although not an essential device, is a faithful assistant in the kitchen, which allows you to serve food beautifully, while saving time.