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Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by russmn, Apr 12, 2018.
I used a commercial Hobart, and it would leave tails on certain products.
you had to use both hands to help it through to make a perfect steak
This is what I use: http://www.nesco.com/products/Small-Appliances/Food-Slicers/180-Watt-Food-Slicer-W-87-Blade-FS-250/
I bought it on an extremely good sale off Amazon. Jted (one of my SMF friends) has the model just below it. He told me the motor was more than strong enough to slice cheese and that it was easy to clean. For the money it is a great slicer. The only negatives are: after removing the blade for washing, it can take a bit of effort to realign it properly before turning the rotary knob to secure it to the body; you have to cut long loaves of cheese or long lengths of meats and sausages down so that they fit into the limited area in front of the safety handle; when you reach the end of the cheese or meats they tend to get torn and stuck in the gap between the blade and the opening beside it where the sliced food falls out; the food slicer slides back and forth and falls backwards a bit too easily and can hit your hand; unlike pro slicers that have a gravity feed design where the meat/cheese is pushed down toward the blade, on this slicer the food carriage keeps the food sitting straight up as you push it toward the blade.
The positives are that the motor is more than strong enough to slice anything you need for prepping foods for grilling, smoking, or just making sliced cold cuts and cheese--and it does it superfast; it's very easy to clean, and it's light enough to be easily portable.
I also own a Nesco food grinder that I also got on a superb online deal and that's also a workhorse. If you're on a budget, wait for this slicer to go on sale. Mine cost me only $62 plus free shipping. It's current on sale at Amazon for $80.
Before I bought my electric food slicer, I used a cordless slicer similar to this. But it took so long!
Oh, but the cordless is so up close and personal.
And much easier to clean!
Besides, what would I do with all the time saved with an electric? Time I have in abundance. LOL!
(Retired Old Fart)
I know it's best to par-freeze (I just coined a new term!) meat before slicing but I usually wait till the last minute to start slicing the meat before marinating it for beef jerky. I hope to plan better next time--hope being the operative word.
I'm about one step above Sonny's slicer. It's been in the family since the 70's and never failed. Teardown, cleaning, and storage couldn't be easier did I mention lite weight. It won't cut paper thin but can shred, thick cut and slice to match a deli's thin slice. Which is plenty good for what I do. Plus I can store it in a normal sized kitchen cabinet. I don't think it would hold up to everyday heavy use but for the occasional needs of an amateur it's reliable and serves it's purpose.
I used it for my last pastrami smoke. By the way you to can own one for under $20.00 off the internet.
Here it is when I used it last: If you scroll most of the way down you'll see how it packs up for storage.
Did 10 lbs Friday.
You just put the slabs in the freezer on a cookie sheet for a couple hours.. No tails.
mine looks like that... I needed to freeze the meat longer too!
also, my blade is about as sharp as a marble. I think I'll touch it up with a dremel and fine stone soon
@russmn, I own a Nesco FS-250 and really like it. Which model # is yours? I feel that with my food slicer I don't need a manual jerky slicer too.