Home meat slicers can be used at home to cut all kinds of meat. They are one of the most useful kitchen tools that can save you lots of time and money. You do not need to visit local deli shops and stand in line to get sliced meat. With a home meat slicer, you can get the sliced meat right in your kitchen. Many people use them in their daily cooking. Most of the new slicers available on the market are very easy to use and manage. They are also very easy to clean, unlike the slicer you see in meat shops which are all messy from the heavy use.
How to Clean a Meat Slicer?
Cleaning a home meat slicer is a good way to keep your family safe and free from bacterial contaminants which can accumulate in the machine, causing food poisoning and other related health problems. In addition to keeping your family free from harmful microbial infections, cleaning a home meat slicer also helps to remove debris which can jam the device during operation, causing you hand injuries. If you are using a meat slicer at home, you need to learn how to clean it correctly to avoid such problems. For purposes of this discussion, this article will focus on how to clean meat slicers for home use. Without further ado, let me give you the guidelines for sanitizing a home meat slicer.
How to clean a home meat slicer
What you need
- Cut-resistant gloves
- Bleaching solution
- Hot water
- A cleaning cloth
Before you start cleaning the slicer, ensure you disconnect the machine from the power source and adjust the blade setting on the appliance to read zero.
Now you can start the cleaning process in the following manner
1. Prepare the cleaning solution
Carefully mix one cup of the bleaching solution with a bucketful of hot water and dip the cleaning cloth into the solution. Remove out any excess solution from the cloth by squeezing it.
2. Remove the dirt particles
Now put on the gloves and, using the cleaning fabric, remove all the dirt particles from the countertop where you are operating. Next, take out all the cutting accessories from the device.
After that, remove any large pieces of clutter such as meat or cheese from the machine using the sterilized clothing, and then detach the screw securing the knife cover to the slicer.
3. Clean the slicer
After disengaging the screw, now add hot water to the sink and add some drops of the dish cleaning agent to the hot water. Mix the detergent and hot water until they form bubbles. Following the manufacturer`s instructions, clean the meat slicer with the mixture.
Remember to clean off all parts of the device that come into contact with the meat including both sides of the blades and rinse the parts that come in touch with the solution to remove the detergents.
4. Sterilize the slicer
Eliminate the detergents from the slicer by cleaning it with a cloth soaked in hot water. Next, apply the bleaching detergent to the slicer and let it dry on its own. After drying, apply a thin covering of cooking oil to the slicing blade to reduce friction when the machine is working.
5. Reassemble the accessories
Before reassembling the parts, ensure the slicer is dry to discourage the growth of water-loving bacteria. Moreover, be sure to reconstruct the slicer as soon as possible to after the cleaning to avoid injuries from exposed cutting edges.
6. Clean the countertop
Next, shift the slicer out of its usual situation on the counter to allow you to clean the surface. Using the sterile cloth, mop the surface to remove dirt and bacteria which may have to grow on the countertop when you are slicing your meat or cheese.
7. Reconnect to the power source
Once you are done with the cleaning, you can now reconnect the slicer to the source. However, ensure you switch off the appliance before reconnecting the power supply.
By now, I suppose you know how to clean meat slicers for home use in the right way. However, when all is said and done, you should clean them regularly, preferably after every use to stay away from bacterial infections and injury to your hands. Also, ensure to observe the manufacturer`s instructions when cleaning the device to avoid damaging your slicer.