In the course of food preparation, they have to be sliced into desired shapes chiefly to allow for simplified cooking, easier serving and subsequent hassle-free eating and digestion. Large scale food preparation especially in restaurants, schools, and hospitals also require that the end products be as uniform as possible for the purposes of convenient serving and billing.
To achieve the desired results, a specialized piece of equipment which is able to handle large amounts of food and guarantee uniform results not to mention of course the fact that it has to be easy to handle, is by all means necessary.
The Chef’s Choice 609 Premium Electric Food Slicer, which is the subject of the review that follows, is an example of such a specialized piece of equipment.
Features and Technical Specifications
The following are the most outstanding features and technical specifications of the appliance:
- Product Dimensions: 11-4/5 inches long by x 16-1/2 inches wide x 12-1/2 inches tall
- Item Weight: 10.3 pounds (around 4.7kgs)
- Made of stainless Steel and cast Aluminum
- Slicer: Rugged and versatile slicer
- Powerful, high-torque, and cool-running electric motor
- Reliable and smooth gears for slicing
- Tilted food carriage
- Cantilever design
- Large-capacity and retractable food carriage
- Blade: 7-inch, multi-purpose and stainless-steel blade
- Slices a wide variety of food sizes ranging from deli-thin to approximately 3/4-inch thick
- Switching Mechanism: Intermittent “on/off” switch
- Handy cord storage
- Serving tray included
- Manufacturer Warranty: Comes along with a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty
Users are to expect these and many more of other benefits and advantages:
- Less Noise: Its cool-running and high-torque motor dissipates as less noise as possible. This is the slicer to opt for in case the intended areas of use are sensitive to noise pollution such as libraries, schools, hospitals, and other public places.
- Durable: All the critical parts of this meat slicer are made of tough and durable materials that are very resistant to the elements of wear and tear. These include its thickness adjustment plate which is made of Aluminum; its guide rods that are made of stainless steel; its shell which is made of cast aluminum; its food carriage that is made of ABS plastic; its stainless steel top; its glide rails that are made of low-friction plastic; and its blade which is made of stainless steel. Users who prefer this appliance are hence absolved from constant breakdowns, regular repairs, and higher value for money in the long run.
- Affordable: Its cost, when weighed against similar products from competing manufacturers is fairly low. The appliance is therefore within the easy reach of many a potential user who may be badly in need of it.
- Reduced Attention: Most of its core operational parts are automated to ensure greatly reduced attention from the users. For instance, it does have an intermittent “on/off” switch which regulates the slicing exercise automatically i.e. without requiring the input of the user. The users are thus freed from the need to be continually present to monitor the slicing exercise and may thus devote the extra time to other chores that equally matter.
- Efficient: The appliance is very efficient and thorough insofar as its fulfillment of the slicing task is concerned. It may deliver slicers of varied lengths ranging from the extremely small deli-thin sizes to the very large sizes approximately 3/4-inch thick. These results are mainly made possible by the appliance’s cantilever design.
- Ease of Cleanliness and Maintenance: All the most dirt-prone parts and components of the slicer such as the food carriage, blade, food deflector, food pusher, and the thickness guide are removable, a fact that makes them very easy to wash and keep clean.
- Safety: The safety of the users of this appliance is catered for through three main intervention mechanisms. These are the intermittent “on/off” switch which that automatically shuts off whenever the appliance is left unattended to for longer; the food carriage that locks position in order to limit access to the blade whenever the appliance is not in use; and a safety fuse at the base which offers protection from power surges. Users are thus safeguarded from any would-be electrical shocks and unintentional lacerations by the blade.
- Multi-purpose/Versatility: The appliance’s retractable food carriage may be adjusted to accommodate the slicing of various kinds of foods and menus such as hams, extra-large roasts, and indeed, many other foods. Moreover, it may also accommodate many other parts and accessories which have the impact of increasing the range of functions to which the equipment may be put into use. This confers added convenience as well as greater returns to money invested.
- Fairly Portable: As has already been stated above, the slicer weighs roughly 4.7 kgs (10.3 pounds). This weight is low enough to allow it be lifted around with relative ease and with as minimal inconvenience as possible.
- Added Aesthetics: Its outer body is finished with very glossy and appealing materials that contribute to the general aesthetics of the kitchen’s interior décor. This is a plus for those intent on enhancing the appearance of their kitchens.
Below are the two most notable shortcomings of the appliance:
- Limited Power Source: Inasmuch as it is fairly portable, it may not be used in remote locations like campsites owing to the fact that it is only powered by mains electricity, not batteries, solar or even gas. This imposes a geographical extent to which it may be put into use.
- Fairly Low Capacity: The meat slicer’s food carriage has a fairly low capacity as compared to most of the other leading brands in the market today. This makes the slicer quite unsuitable for large scale use such as for whole families, outings, get-togethers and other social events that attract numerous attendees.
The search for the most suitable meat slicer clearly ends with the encounter with the Chef’s Choice 609 Premium Electric Food Slicer notwithstanding the two minor shortcomings noted above. That’s because as may be deduced from the foregoing review, this food slicer contains all the key features and attributes, and also confers all the major benefits that such an appliance is naturally anticipated to. Any serious household therefore has to ensure that this appliance is a part and parcel of their cutlery collection.