New meat slicer for Christmas

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by tasunkawitko, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i've been wanting one for a long time, but it's one of those things that have been hard to justify from a budgetary standpoint. luckily, my wife finally took pity on me and got me one!

    it's a rival 1042 wn:

    http://www.rivalproducts.com/product.aspx?pid=972

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    i don't want or need anything fancy or "professional grade" (of course, if one falls in my lap, i'll take it!) - so i'm thinking this will be just fine for my modest home use.

    having said that, i'd sppreciate it if anyone with experience with one of these would share experiences, pros, cons, tips, tricks, mods, pitfalls and other useful information to help me get the most from it.

    thanks in advance!
     
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2011
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Congrats nice gift
     
  3. dpeart

    dpeart Smoke Blower

    The one tip I would share is to have whatever you are slicing, semi-frozen.  I find that I can't slice bacon, for example, unless it is nearly completely frozen.

    dave
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    TW, morning.... Congrats... we have been using ours for about 25 years.... still going... Enjoy... Dave
     
  5. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    items such as belly bacon which is fairly long, you may have to cut down the middle first into shorter slices.  That's ok, you have to break the bacon in half for BLT's anyways, lol!

    Buckboard bacon is usually easy to slice as it is natually shorter:

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    my slicer is very similar, a Nesco 150:


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    One thing most of these home slicers (and actually even the $3,000 professional ones too!) have in common is that they will not slice off the bottom of the meat cleanly, leaving a trailing lip.  Very easy solution, just flip the meat over so what is on bottom is now on top and it will slice off that errant edge cleanly while starting another ragged edge on the bottom (just flip it again, etc!).  Getting it super cold does help solve this but may put too much resistance on your motor trying to slice something close to frozen.  A few experiments with it and you'll find the happy medium, I am sure.  Enjoy the new tool and always be super careful, getting fingers sewn back on is a total time-waster, lol... (had a couple done, I know!)
     
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As always, Pops has us right on point.

    I have the plastic slicer you have, but with a different brand name.  It has served me well for 20 years.  Best part is it stores compactly.  Worst part is the short throw for things like belly bacon.  Overall, it has been a great slicer and it has done a lot of meat. I'm sure yours will too!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  7. bigcase

    bigcase Smoke Blower

    Congrats, I am still on the waiting list for a slicer...for some reason I got a salad shooter[​IMG], you cant smoke salad...
     
  8. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    congrats on the gift... man them slicers come in handy [​IMG]
     
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Congrats, after you use it a couple of times you will wonder how you ever got along without one.
     
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    It looks like an awesome slicer.
     
  11. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hey guys, thanks for the comments and advice.

    pops, that's a good tip for a problem i've seen before - thanks!
     
  12. flareside92

    flareside92 Smoke Blower

    I have the same slicer and it works pretty well.

    The tray and guides are dishwasher safe and cleanup is a breeze.

    Enjoy
     
  13. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well, I was able to give my new slicer a try last night, using it to slice up my venison "dried beef" project:

    http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.net/making-dried-beef-not-jerky-from-venison_topic1603.html

    Eagerly, I began slicing; my goal was to get the thinnest slices possible, but there was a bit of a learning curve on this first slicing attempt:



    However, once I got the hang of it, I was able to do pretty well:



    Here's the first "half" of the dried beef:



    The lighter spots that you see toward the bottom are washout from the flash; also, there may be a few slices missing, as everyone was in sample mode.

    It is very important to know how to assemble and dis-assemble a slicer. Bits and pieces do get into a lot of nooks and crannies, and some of those nooks and crannies are not visible to the naked eye.

    All-in-all, I was impressed and pleased with this slicer. It is not, of course, the same as the Hobart I used when working in the restaurant business, but then again, at fifty-odd dollars, it is very much worth the cost. For someone looking at getting a modest slicer for modest home use, it certainly fits the bill.
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
  14. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It looks like it will do the job very well.

    The bad thing about any slicer is the cleanup, so we only use ours when there's a lot to cut up.

    Otherwise I just slice by hand.
     

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