Chef's Choice 615 Meat-Cheese-Bread slicer.... Roast Beef and Lox Q-views

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by daveomak, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. I got this slicer as a Christmas gift as well and had the same problem with the bacon I cold smoked. Ended up slicing about 7lbs of it by hand. But for everything else it works great. I used it to slice a ton of smoked cheeses and venison summer sausage for New Years and Superbowl parties. Also sliced 5lbs of pastrami nice and thin with no problems. Would be interested in knowing if anyone else has had a problem with bacon. I really like the slicer. Maybe, it doesn't like bacon, lol.
  2. That is some great looking roast beast Dave! That is next on my list, now that I have plenty of bacon and sausage in the freezer.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bacon, being mostly fat, needs to be pretty well frozen.... the meat will hold the fat in place... At least that is the theory behind it....  When I cold smoke bacon, the smoker never gets above 70....   I haven't made bacon since I got the slicer.....  I should do that..... I have 3 bellies in the freezer......   Dave
  4. Just wondering if you ever got to slicing any bacon DaveOmak?? I am just getting ready to pull the trigger on one of these but the sole purpose would be cold smoked bacon slicing and occasional lunch meat. If ya did how did it go, freeze, no freeze???? I figured on freezing somewhat, maybe 2 hours and then slicing but I see some have had issues with that too. Just came across this and wondering what you found?
  5. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Don't know how I missed this one Dave. I have been looking for a slicer since mine stripped a gear and I can't find a replacement gear.
    The 615 is the one I have narrowed it down too after much research.
    How are you liking it after 5 months?
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    K and S2K, afternoon....  haven't done bacon yet...  still have 3 bellies in the freezer to do...   but I works very well on everything else.... If I remember, the table to blade spacing is 8 1/2"...  should work very well on almost frozen bacon....  I slice bread, cheese (smoked and reg.), salami, fish (lox), roast beef, etc....  It comes apart for cleaning super easy... If you get it from Amazon, order grease at the same time....  And order the other blade....  You want both scalloped and straight blades...   Read the revues....  This grease I ordered...  2 tubes.... to use on the vert stuffer also...  The slicer will not, or hasn't yet, sliced stuff paper thin....   Although, maybe dried hard meats will slice paper thin....  [​IMG]  ...  I can slice hard salami pretty thin... thin enough Brides thinks I'm skimping or portion sizes.... 

    All in all, I am very happy with it... a lot better than the 25 year old Rival $20 slicer I was using...  still have it... sentimentality... 

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  7. njfoses

    njfoses Meat Mopper

    What uses have you found for the serrated blade?  I have the straight blade as well and have used it exclusively.
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    nj, The serrated blade is recommended for breads... I guess it's like a serrated blade on a knife for bread....  It works very well even on soft breads like French....  Now you know all I know....    Dave
  9. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    My old slicer only had a serrated blade and I could cut some pretty thin meat with it.
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I found the serrated blade, on softer meats, would cause the meat to move downward with the serrations and cause uneven cuts....  The smooth blade on the new slicer cuts smooth and even.....   Maybe my old blade was getting dull on the Rival slicer...    Darned if I know....  It was the only slicer I owned and used...  The smooth blade slices cheese really well as long as it isn't too dry like being almost frozen in the refer waiting for the smoke flavor to mingle well.....    After 6 months in the refer, not all varieties of cheese, only the pepper jack crumbled as I sliced it....  could have got too cold in there....  It was in the refer in an unheated room all winter.... temps got down to 20 deg at least in the refer....  MY STUPID MISTAKE.... sometimes I'm bright....  like when the power is off....   [​IMG]...
  11. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    That makes sense Dave, mine would do that too. After 5 or 6 slices the bottom of the meat would start falling in the gap and I would have to constantly flip it 180* or it would get a big flap hanging from it.
    I was thinking of passing on the smooth blade but after this I think I will go ahead and get it, anyway I have a bunch of cheese that needs slicing!

    Did you get the blade sharpener? That was another reason I like this slicer, seems only the real high dollar ones have sharpeners.

    (I hope I' not hijacking this thread or I'll have to give the beer back!)
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I looked at it... I wasn't sure if it fit the 615....   I have it in my "Things to buy" list on Amazon...   Keep the beer.... there are many more where that came from.....    Dave
  13. Dave, just wondering if you tried slicing bacon on the 615 yet?
  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wimpy, morning..... NO.... not on bacon yet... everything else though....  I'm positive it will work better than the old Rival slicer I have been using..   There still may be a "tail" on the bacon where it hangs off the edge of the sliding table but I'm not sure...  If there is, it is easy enough to flip the slab and slice...   The slicer works great of everything else I have sliced... Including those big round loaves of sourdough using the serrated blade...  I've sliced many beef roasts for sandwich meat.. etc....  I think it's been a good investment .....  I've got a few bellies that need curing... Before slicing, I will put the bacon slab in the freezer to firm it up...  It should slice really well partially frozen....   

  15. dreadylock

    dreadylock Fire Starter

    thanks dave i have been eying this one

    great review i'm going to purchase one

    my old deni slicer fell on the blade holder part and is bent real bad

    does any one know if this can be fixed would like to give it to my daughter in law

    if it can be fixed  i'll post a pic next time
  16. @dreadylock
    Get a Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon and you can get it for 20% off with "free" shipping.
    That's the best deal I've found.

    Last edited: Feb 27, 2014
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've sliced bacon now..... several times..... Get the bacon partially frozen and it works very well..... Probably not as good as commercial but for a few hundred $ less, I'm very happy..... Slices about 9 1/2" width on the sliding table...... Not enough for some big slabs but I trim the slabs and use the belly trim for Char Sui.... Ummmmmmm good......
  18. dreadylock

    dreadylock Fire Starter

    thanks @DiggingDogFarm    i told my wife and she ordered one for me today

    she said early birthday gift so on my that day I'm not supposed to ask for anything, HA thats what she thinks

    oh my slicer cost 113.87 with free shipping and 20% off

    thanks again diggingdogfarm and daveomak for his really good review

    i think ups lost mines it was to be delivered on Wednesday  but i got a message


    but it has been two days and still no answer to where my package is other than bedford park IL was the last place 
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2014
  19. @dreadylock

    Cool! :biggrin:

  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's a great price...... Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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