Deciding which commercial food slicer to purchase for your food service establishment can be confusing. Let Burkett Restaurant Equipment help make it a little easier. Before you shop, take your time and do your homework. Commercial kitchen slicers make the task of slicing meat, cheese, bread, and other foods fast and easy. Typically, all automated slicers run on electricity and can slice through a range of items. Knowing what kind of food you plan to slice is just as important as knowing how much food you plan to slice.
Here’s what you need to know:
A slicer’s horsepower is a good indicator of what foods it can handle and how much power is transferred to the blade. If you need to slice large volumes and require consistent thickness, you will want to look for an electric slicer with a lot of horsepower, allowing you to slice large amounts of meat, cheese, or other foods at one time. While a deli slicer is often equipped with a large blade and can slice limited amounts of cheese, they are not suitable for slicing frozen items. Look for heavy-duty deli slicers that are capable of slicing any amount of meat, cheese or frozen products over a longer duration.
Make sure you select a slicer with a blade that fits the product you’re slicing. The volume of food you’re slicing, as well as its size, is a key factor for choosing a slicer. Also, check the size of the carriage, the shelf that holds your meat/cheese in place, to ensure the slicer accommodates your products. Smaller, light-duty slicers equipped with 10-inch blades and are best suited establishments that anticipate using their slicers for only an hour a day. If you’re slicing higher volumes, you’ll require a slicer with a 12- to 14-inch blade.
- Operation Automatic vs. Manual
Most heavy-duty commercial slicers are equipped to operate automatically, saving your staff from the pushing and pulling your food across the blade. As an added bonus, automatic slicers can be left unattended, allowing your employees to complete other tasks while the slicer works. Manual slicers are labor-intensive, and not recommended for high-volume restaurants and delis.
Ready to start shopping? Burkett Restaurant equipment offers a variety of different slicers from various brands. Check them all out at burkett.com.