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How to clean your meat slicer safely

29 maart 2022

This is how you clean your meat slicer safely and responsibly.

Meat slicers are widely used in the hospitality industry, supermarkets, butchers, catering companies and so on. With the machine you can cut meat, but you can also cut cheese or vegetables with it. This makes the machine very versatile. It is important to understand how best to clean a meat slicer.

How can I clean my meat slicer?

After using the meat slicer, it is important that you clean the device to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness. Before cleaning the meat slicer, turn the machine off, unplug the power cord and turn the thickness regulator to the zero position so that the blade is secure. Then start by checking the machine for cracks, breaks and missing or loose parts, replace with new parts if necessary. Food residues can accumulate in the parts, which is bad for the machine and not hygienic. It is important to clean the cutting machine and sharpen the blade once a day after use, clean the meat slicer first before you can sharpen the blade. All parts to be cleaned are made of anodized aluminum, stainless steel or plastic. You clean these with a product that is suitable for the food industry.

Step by step cleaning the meat machine

Step 1 – cleaning the meat table

Remove the meat table completely from the cutting machine, so that you can clean the machine more easily. Proceed as follows: Bring the meat table in its entirety towards you and push the lever (see arrow 1) upwards. The thickness plate is now blocked and cannot be opened. Tilt the meat table to the right and simultaneously lift the meat table out of the carriage. Remove the residual cutter from the meat clamp, proceed as follows: Lift the meat clamp. Turn the two knobs on the residual cutter one turn so that they are vertical (see arrow 2). Press the residual cutter out of the push plate.

Step 2 – clean the blade cover

Remove the blade cover completely from the meat slicer. Proceed this way: Loosen the blade cover knob (see arrow M) on the side of the slicer. Remove the blade cover from the slicer. Clean the blade cover thoroughly. NOTE: When removing the blade plate, the blade is unprotected, please be careful because of the increased risk of cuts.

Step 3 – Cleaning the Blade

An optimal cutting result can only be achieved with a sharpened blde. DEKO Holland recommends that you clean and sharpen the blade of the meat slicer with a sharpening device during normal use. Never clean the blade while spinning and never sharpen the blade dirty, make sure the blade is clean first. Proceed in the following steps: Clean the front of the blade thoroughly with a damp cloth. Clean the blade from the inside out with circular movements (see arrow).

Step 4 – clean the blade guard edge and thickness plate

Proceed as follows: Use a brush to thoroughly clean the inside of the blade screen edge. Thoroughly clean the top, between the blade and the blade guard edge with a damp cloth. The thickness plate has a raised edge, this edge must be cleaned thoroughly.

Step 5 – Cleaning the grinder and sharpening stones

Food residues can easily remain in the sharpening device and between the sharpening stones. Before cleaning the sharpener, remove it completely. Proceed as follows: Lift the handle of the grinder (see arrow 1) Remove the grinder by bending the spring (see arrow 2) and pull the grinder upwards. Loosen the thumb knob (see arrow 3) under the pennant and remove the lid from the device. Use the supplied brush to thoroughly clean the inside of the lid until there are no more food residues. Clean the sharpening stones and the inside of the sharpener thoroughly with the brush supplied, until there are no more food residues. After cleaning, regularly oil the sharpening stones with DEKO Hollande special oil. This prevents animal fat from getting into the sharpening stones, making them unusable.

Step 6 – clean the blade with the blade cleaning felt Proceed as follows: Clamp the felt between the meat clamp and the table. Turn on the thickness control. Turn on the slicer. Cut the felt into ± 2 cm. Turn the thickness control all the way to the zero position and switch off the slicer. For the next time you can turn the felt over and cut it again.

Step 7 – cleaning the inside of the grinding housing Residues from the cutting material can easily accumulate in the inside of the sharpening housing. Proceed as follows: Clean the inside of the sharpening housing thoroughly with the brush supplied, until there is no residue from the cutting material. Check carefully whether all remaining n gone, then you can reposition the grinder.

Step 8 – Clean the Deflector In order to be able to properly clean the deflector and to gain better access to the blade and the knife seat, it has been made removable. Proceed in the following steps: Open the deflector (see arrow 1). Push the spring down at the top (see arrow 2) Bring the deflector towards you and pull it upwards, out of the hinge (see arrow 3) Thoroughly clean the deflector and blade.

Step 9 – Clean the Knife Seat and Hood Cutting residues can easily accumulate around the knife seat and hood: Clean thoroughly around the blade seat and hood with the brush supplied, until there are no cutting residues (see markings). After cleaning the deflector, knife, knife seat and hood, you can replace the deflector in reverse order (as described under cleaning cone).

Step 10 – replace the meat table Place the meat table with the handle upwards on the slicer and secure it by pressing the handle downwards. After you have first pulled the table towards you, the table can move freely along the knife again.

How to clean your meat slicer safely

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