The kitchen is home to several appliances designed to make work easier. However, this equipment still needs proper care and maintenance to continue serving you. One of these amazing appliances is the meat slicer. Homeowners with a meat slicer need to learn how to sharpen it. Frequent use often leads to dulling of the blades. By sharpening the meat slicer blades, you will be preserving the equipment’s quality and extending its life.
This article focuses on how to sharpen the meat slicer and the material you are going to need for the entire process.
Tools needed for the process
Cut-proof gloves- These gloves are made from mesh or chain links and are designed to handle sharp objects. To increase convenience, make sure you look for a lighter version.
Safety goggles- This equipment is built thicker than the usual glass and is made to protect both eyes by sealing them inside a dome. Goggles are a must-have when handling any equipment, especially sharp ones since they offer better eye protection than regular glasses.
Washcloths- When sharpening or cleaning a meat slicer, it’s not advisable to use sponges or abrasive scrubs as these are likely to scratch the surface of the blades to rust. Instead, soft washcloths are the most preferred option.
Sharpening stones- This is probably the most important tool you will need for this process. You can either use a sharpening stone or whetstone. Some meat slicers come with in-built sharpening stones; hence you don’t have to worry about getting the right one. However, in case yours doesn’t have one, you have to buy your own.
Blade sanitizer- This will come in handy when you have to clean and disinfect your blades before and after you sharpen them. Ensure you go for a blade sanitizer specifically made for items used in the kitchen. In case you can’t find a blade sanitizer, rubbing alcohol can be used as a substitute.
Instruction manual-Just like any other equipment, meat slicers come with instruction manuals to help with maintaining, handling, and even sharpening the equipment.
Lubricant- For this, you can use cooking oil or sharpening oil to ease the process.
Steps to follow when sharpening your meat slicer
Place the Sharpening stones on meat slicer
Once you have your sharpening stones, securely place them on your meat slicer. When securing the sharpening stones, it is best to refer to the manufacturer’s manual. This way, you can learn how best to attach the sharpening stones onto the meat slicer. You can skip this step if your meat slicer comes with a sharpening stone.
Clean the meat slicer blades
Before getting down to business, you need to ensure the slicer’s blades are clean. To do this, you need to carefully apply rubbing alcohol on the meat slicer’s blade to disinfect and clean it. You can also run the blades under clean water to remove any traces of dirt on the blade. Sharpening a clean blade is quite easy compared to one with food particles and dirt.
Sharpening the locking knob
The locking knob of your meat slicer can be found at the bottom left area of the base shaft. The knob resembles a plastic knob.
Lock the sharpening stones and blade in place
Having found the locking knob, unscrew it from the base shaft, then insert the sharpening stones into the shaft area of the meat slicer. Once you have secured the sharpening stones inside the base shaft, screw back the locking knob into place. Next, place the blades on the sharpening stones and tighten the sharpening locking knob till it clicks. The click sound is an indication that everything is secured into place.
Turn on meat slicer
With everything in place, it is time to turn on the meat slicer. Plug it into a power source to sharpen the blades. This is usually done for at least 30 seconds. Then, switch off the sharpener for at least four seconds before repeating the entire process three more times.
Remove sharpening stones
Locate the locking knob at the bottom of the slicer and unscrew the knob. Gently slide the sharpening stones to the left area of the base shaft. Carefully return the blades to the right side of the base shaft and tighten the sharpener to secure the locking knob into place.
Clean the blade
During sharpening, metal particles could have been generated, some of which may remain stuck to the blade. To get rid of them, apply to rub alcohol on the blade and gently clean it. To be on the safe side, remember to rinse it off in clean running water.
To get the best out of your meat slicer, you need to maintain your slicer regularly. This way, you can effectively increase the lifespan of your slicer while maintaining its quality. So, to answer the question on how often should a meat slicer be cleaned or sharpened? The answer is, remember to clean your meat slicer after every use regardless of the type of food the equipment was used on. For sharpening, it would be best to sharpen the slice after every two weeks while oiling and servicing the entire equipment at least once a month.
Some manufacturers direct their clients to certified service centers to get their meat slicers sharpened. However, this may prove costly without the assurance of quality service. It is for this reason that it is best to learn how to sharpen your meat slicer. In addition, knowing how to handle your meat slicer can come in handy when you need to determine whether it is sharp or clean.