This is our unbiased review of a Chef's Choice Meat Slicer.
I'm going to do this Chef's Choice Meat Slicer review with cheese, ham, beef roast, capicola, a large loaf of bread, and a small loaf of bread.
Before jumping in, I’m going to go over a few features. To begin, the meat slicer has a switch that automatically turns the spinning of the blade on and off. Then, there’s a dial on the side that determines the thickness of the item you’re slicing.
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This only comes with one serrated blade. There’s one other blade you can buy separately that has a that’s supposed to be used for thin cuts which I purchased as well.
To start this Review, I used a thicker cut with the setting of 10. I started with the larger, rounder loaf of bread.
To cut the bread, place the flat portion of the bread on the sliding portion of the meat slicer. There should be a spiked metal piece you can then place against the outside of the bread that better holds it in place and protects your hands from the blade.
However, the one that came with the meat slicer was too small to use with the larger loaf of bread.
I find it helpful to use a cut-resistant glove that protects your hands from cuts.
Once you either have your glove or the protective piece in place, turn on the switch that puts the blade in motion and start sliding the contraption with the bread on it, back and forth.
You don’t have to do it super slow but, you don’t want to go too fast either, especially starting out. Get used to the machine first and the feel for it.
Our Unbiased Review of the Chef's Choice Slicer
Chef's Choice 615A Review PROS:
- It did a nice smooth cut on the bread. You can set the thickness to fairly thick to very thin, and the slices were easy to cut, had a smooth edge, and were done cleanly.
- Smooth, easy slices on both soft cheese like Havarti, as well as firmer cheese like Cheddar.
- As long as you cut across the grain, you get a great, even, thin slice of meat. This would work beautifully for a hot pot party at home.
- If you push the meat nice and slow, you will get great, even slices with this meat slicer.
What Could Be Improved
- If you have a large piece of bread or meat, you can't really use the guards that are in place in the Chef's Choice 615A. You will see in the video that I used a cut-resistant glove in those instances. It's still doable, but it's something to be aware of.
- We tried slicing capicola with a . I attempted cutting it with the serrated blade earlier and it cut it pretty thin but, not quite as thin as I would prefer with this type of meat. So, we tried it with the smooth blade since it’s specifically meant to cut thinner slices. I set it on a thickness level of two and slid it through the blade as I did all the other items. It went through quite smoothly and turned out pretty thin but, still wasn’t as thin as the store would be. I turned it down to one and it was a little better but still not as thin as I would have expected on the lowest setting. Denser meats seem to slice thinly, but thinner ones like the capicola may take a little practice.
- You have to buy the smooth blade separately, as it only comes with the serrated blade. It's not a deal breaker, but something to be aware of.
Removing/Replacing the Blade on the Chef's Choice 615A Slicer
At some point, you might want to remove the blade. In order to do this:
- Slide the “meat rest” as far back as possible and you’ll see a black nut on the front of the blade that says, “To remove blade.”
- You need a screwdriver--or a kitchen knife! The nut wasn't all that tight so it’s fairly easy to remove.
- Remove the nut and slip the blade off. If you look at where the blade was sitting and at the back of the blade itself, you’ll see white grease which is what protects the blade from eating itself.
- Choose whatever blade you want to put on and match the side with the white gears facing inward and the side without the gears, facing outward.
- Slip the nut back on, tightening it back to the same level of torque or tightness as it was before, and you’re ready to cut again.
- I switched from the serrated blade to the smooth blade.
The conclusion of the Chef's Choice 615a Review
Overall, this is an excellent meat slicer. It will slice what you want it to slice. You may have noticed I was pushing the meat through a little slow, this allows for a nice, clean cut rather than mangling it, especially on the softer meats and cheese.
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Product Name: Chef's Choice 615A Meat Slicer
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An all-inclusive, unbiased review of the Chef's Choice 615A Meat Slicer. Use this electric slicer to cut meat, cheese, and bread fast and easy.
- Easy To Use
- Easy To Clean
- Cuts A Large Assortment Of Items With One Machine
- Large Footprint
- Fairy Expensive, But A Good Investment