The main objective of this segment is to discuss the best way to go about cleaning a meat slicer.
Let’s be real here; no one likes dirty appliances. This statement increases tenfold if we’re talking about appliances that come in contact with our food. In that regard, a meat slicer definitely fits the bill.
However, cleaning the slicer the right way can be a little daunting. With all the interchangeable parts and things coming off, one is always left wondering what to do next. However, worry not, we’ve got you covered.
The importance of proper cleaning
As we’re all aware, food residue and other organic edibles are susceptible to bacterial and fungal growth if left out in the open. If consumed, they can lead to several foodborne illnesses.
Though they might not be fatal, such illnesses are still a nuisance to deal with. Luckily for us, there’s an easy way to work around it, and it won’t even take much of your time if done right!
How often should a meat slicer be cleaned?
Generally speaking, it is highly advised that you clean the meat slicer after every use.
This is to ensure that there is no food debris or particles left behind that can serve as a host for bacterial growth. When used again, the latter can often serve the basis of propagation for bacteria that are detrimental to our health. So why take the risk?
Such bacteria can also significantly alter the taste of the next round of food that goes through the slicer. What results is a cycle that can have severe consequences down the road.
To make sure that this doesn’t happen, and as mentioned above, clean the meat slicer right after use.
When setting out to clean your meat slicer, there are a couple of things we’d like you to keep in mind.
For starters, it is highly advised that you use protective/anti-cut gloves when dealing with blades. This is for your own safety.
Read the manual thoroughly before you proceed with the cleanup work. This will also give you pointers about the proper disassembly.
Lastly, never ever use steel wool for cleaning the blades. In most cases, this will end up damaging the slicer and render your model useless.
Cleaning the meat slicer – an elaborative step-by-step
- With dry hands, first, proceed to unplug the meat slicer from the socket. Also, make sure that all the relevant buttons are switched off before you do this. You don’t want anything turning on instantaneously when you turn the switch back on.
- Wear the cut-resistant glove and set the blade setting to zero.
- Using a paper towel, or any type of cloth, simply wipe away any type of large food residues on the slicer.
- Once done, proceed to disassemble your meat slicer piece by piece. Pay utmost attention to details since you’ll be dealing with sharp objects here. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing gloves, always ensure that your grip is firm and hard.
- Proceed to fill the dishwasher with hot water. Hot water is suitable because it has a better ability to penetrate grease and other substrates that might attach to the slicer. Additionally, it is also a better solvent for the detergent to function in.
- Refer to the instruction manual and dip the relevant parts into the hot water. Clean it thoroughly.
- Once done, rinse the parts thoroughly as well and use running hot water to get the last traces of detergent out.
- Using a small brush, proceed to clean out all the small crooks and crannies of the meat slicer. This is where you clean out things like screws, knobs, and handles.
- If your meat slicer already has a knife removal tool in the package, it is highly recommended that you utilize it.
- You are now officially done with the bulk of the cleaning work.
- Now, proceed to the sanitizing bit of the slicer cleanup.
- Using a bleach solution, clean the slicer thoroughly. Feel free to apply several layers, over and over again, and scrubbing gently.
- Once you’re done with the bleach solution, allow the slicer to dry completely on its own. Do not use a paper towel or any other cloth-like substance to make the process go faster. It will make things worse down the road.
- When the slicer dries off completely with all traces of bleach gone, apply olive oil to the slicer. Be gentle and meticulous with the process.
- Once again, wait for the slicer to dry on its own. Do not rush the process!
- When the slicer is dry, you can now proceed to reassemble the parts. Follow the instruction manual if you haven’t committed the steps to memory. Either way, we recommend that you be careful with this and not rush the whole thing.
- You have officially cleaned out your meat slicer. Congratulations!
The importance of cleaning out your meat slicer after every use cannot be emphasized enough. Though it might not be apparent at first, prolonged misuse can actually lead to serious illness later on.
Likewise, it is also of utmost importance to ensure that you take all relevant safety precautions when it comes to dealing with the slicer. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Nothing is more important than your physical well-being.
By cleaning the slicer on a daily basis, you’ll make sure that your food is safe for consumption and that your meat slicer gets the durability and longevity you’ve invested in.
If you have any type of questions or feedback, you can get in touch with us down in the comments.