Both the electric meat slicer and the deli sandwich became popular in the early 20th century. A Dutch butcher, Wilhelmus Adrianus van Berkel, opened the world’s first meat slicer factory in 1898.
Cut to the chase… I like the Chef’s Choice EdgeCraft Slicer.
The Rotterdam facility cranked out almost 3,000 slicers before 1909, when Berkel opened another factory in Chicago. This innovation, coupled with the sandwiches being produced further east, launched what some consider the great 20th century sandwich renaissance.
OK—I think I might be the only one to acknowledge such a rebirth on a roll. Regardless, deli meat sandwiches are still one of the most popular sandwiches in the world, and certainly across the United States. No longer limited to corner delicatessens in South Philly, hoagies and the like have spread to all corners of the world.
Hoagies for the home
For those of us not graced with the presence of generations-old delicatessens down the street and around the corner, modern technology has made it possible to enjoy paper-thin sliced meats stacked sky-high on rye in the most un-kosher of environments. So long as you can get decent meat, cheese, and bread, you can certainly make a fine hoagie or Reuben at home, with the right slicer.
Although the basic model of the meat slicer has not changed too much from Berkel’s original machine, modern innovation has evolved the slicer and extended its ability and use to adapt to the home market. With any number of quality home meat slicers on the market, virtually anyone can make a deli-grade sandwich in their own kitchen.
The Best Meat Slicers for the Home
Let’s say you’re pretty interested in slicing your own deli meat and cheese (maybe with some vegetables, for good measure…), but don’t run a deli and therefore don’t want to shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a hulking machine to take up your entire kitchen counter. Here we have compiled a list of some of the best meat slicers for home use.
Chef’s Choice Edgecraft 610 Premium Electric Food Slicer
The Chef’s Choice Edgecraft 610 Premium Electric Food Slicer features a sturdy cast aluminum and stainless steel construction, for minimal cleanup and care. Its 7-inch diameter steel blade is fully adjustable, so you can create deli-thin slices for sandwiches or thick-cut bacon, up to 3/4 –inch thick. Purchase of this slicer also includes a 4-ounce tube of food-grade lubricant for long-term care.
Additionally, this slicer comes with a pair of protective gloves, to ensure against potentially painful slices in the hand. The polyethylene based material is four times stronger than leather, guaranteeing against agonizing cuts. The entire machine weighs about 10 pounds, and is fairly compact, saving its user valuable kitchen space.
Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic EMT-503B Food Slicer
The Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic EMT-503B Food Slicer is the best budget option. It boasts a powerful 130-watt motor. The 7.5-inch blade is fully removable for easy cleaning. Its sleek, black cast-aluminum design will look good in any kitchen. The blade features a safety switch for peace of mind, especially in kid-prone kitchens.
This machine is also one of the quietest slicers on the home market, making it a good choice for people who like to chat or listen to music while preparing lunch. This slicer offers a remarkable value and comes highly recommended.
Kalorik’s 200-Watt Electric Meat Slicer
Kalorik’s 200-Watt Electric Meat Slicer is a fine middle-of-the-road option. Priced somewhere near the average of the other two listed models, this machine houses a powerful 200-watt motor, which works in tandem with the serrated 7.5-inch diameter blade to evenly slice the toughest meats. With this slicer, you can create perfectly sized slices of the most difficult, gamey meats.
Breads and vegetables don’t stand a chance against this powerhouse slicer. The streamlined aluminum design mirrors the construction of its commercial-grade big brothers, and features all of the same high-quality components. The blade features a safety lock, and rubber feet guarantee stability during use.
Sliced and enticed
With any of the high-quality home meat slicers available, world-class deli sandwiches can be replicated anywhere in the world. After purchasing one of these slicers and all of the necessary ingredients, you’ll be serving up sandwiches faster than you can spell delicatessen.