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backyardchef
04-28-2006, 01:21 PM
I just bought my first one since I saw it on sale and was already in the store. I hear they're great for briskets, but what else do people use them for, and are there any tips or warnings? This is a Black and Decker Slice Right EK700.

Thanks!

jsmoker
04-28-2006, 01:31 PM
Wife bought me a slicer last year for father's day and I haven't really fallen in love with it. Yeah, it makes really nice, even slices and it is pretty easy to cut brisket very thin, but it's a bugger to clean. And I'm not able to slice on a bias with mine. I usually stick to my 9" hollow ground knife for slicing meats unless I'm doing more than 1-2 briskets/shoulders. In that case, I will break out the slicer.

On the flip side, my dad loves his. Guess it's each man's opinion.

Stuff I've sliced with it: Brisket, pork shoulder (~175 degrees), fatties, cheese, and turkey boobs.

Rockaway BeachBQ
04-28-2006, 02:15 PM
Alot of people think the home slicers are junky, especially when you want to do something like slice prosciutto paper thin (why I would want one). A lot of the problem with them is the smaller blade. I have never used a home one, but everything a commercial one is great for I think the smaller home version is incapable of; cabbage for slaw, roast beef rounds or even medium size hams.

chad
04-28-2006, 02:15 PM
I just bought my first one since I saw it on sale and was already in the store. I hear they're great for briskets, but what else do people use them for, and are there any tips or warnings? This is a Black and Decker Slice Right EK700.

Thanks!

Always, always, always (did I say ALWAYS?) keep your hands on the handles....never, never, never (same thing) talk to anyone while slicing...be extremely careful around the blade...

I've got a couple of interesting scars from meat slicers. Basically, I'm glad I got out of the restaurant business and butchering with all my digits!!

And - they are an absolute bitch to clean.

boatnut
04-28-2006, 02:17 PM
I have an old one that I drag out to slice roast beef real thin or "buckboard bacon", ham etc. mainly when i want thinner slices. Like others said, pain to clean etc. If i did a LOT of slicing, i'd probably consider picking up a used commercial model at an auction/ebay etc, although have to have the room for it.

Rockaway BeachBQ
04-28-2006, 02:23 PM
DOOOOH

We are discussing an Electric KNIFE not a slicer. Disregard most if not all previous responses.

chad
04-28-2006, 02:27 PM
DOOOOH

We are discussing an Electric KNIFE not a slicer. Disregard most if not all previous responses.

:eek: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Never underestimate the value of hardware advice...even if misrepresented!! :biggrin: Warnings against the shedding of blood are always worth heeding!!

Electric knife: I only use one if I'm carving at someone else's house and that's what they offer. I think I've got one in a cabinet somewhere but I'll stick with my Heinkels and Sabatier knives. Heck, I'll dig out my old Farberware blades before even thinking of using an electric knife -- come to think about it -- I'd probably use my Leatherman or Gerber blades first.

Some guys love 'em (electric knives) but I think it's just because they've never used a decent knife before.

Just my $.02 worth...your mileage will vary!:-D

backyardchef
04-28-2006, 02:30 PM
Yes....duh. Should've said Electric Knife. Sorry for the confusion......

Time to put down the coffee and back away from the keyboard.....

Appreciate the answers...

icemn62
04-28-2006, 02:52 PM
I don't have one, but could imagine it to be a new toy in my kitchen. Would be used 1 - 2 times, then wind up back in the box, in the back of a cabinet.

Neil
04-28-2006, 03:23 PM
I want a Berkel Slicer!

backyardchef
04-28-2006, 05:26 PM
Here's something very much like what I've been using and loving. But, seeing the electric on sale, I thought what the fu*k.

FatDad
04-28-2006, 05:41 PM
About the only use I really have for an electric knife is to fillet fish.
Fast and easy.

Sawdustguy
04-28-2006, 09:48 PM
I just bought my first one since I saw it on sale and was already in the store. I hear they're great for briskets, but what else do people use them for, and are there any tips or warnings? This is a Black and Decker Slice Right EK700.

Thanks!

The best solution for slicing brisket that I have found to date is a Granton Slicer which looks a little like the one you have pictured. The hollow serations on a Granton Slicer prevents friction between the knife blade and the meat making for a very smooth and easy slice.

qman
04-28-2006, 09:55 PM
The best solution for slicing brisket that I have found to date is a Granton Slicer which looks a little like the one you have pictured. The hollow serations on a Granton Slicer prevents friction between the knife blade and the meat making for a very smooth and easy slice.

Yes, the Granton slicer is the cat's ass for brisket, or roast beef, turkey for that matter.

The only thing I have ever found where an electric knive is really superior to anything else, is if you have to slice a Thanksgiving turkey before it has had time to rest properly. The electric knive will help you get real slices, instead of crumbles:eek: Other than that, give me my "real" knives.

TexasGuppie
04-29-2006, 07:39 AM
I have discovered that an electric knife is very handy for taking down those hard-to-reach strands of Christmas lights. The length of the knife gives you an extra 12 inches of reach so, NO LADDER REQUIRED.

But remember: when using this method PLEASE unplug the lights first and discard of old light strands properly.

Ken (electric knives...hmmph! next thing you know some lazy SOB will invent an electric smoker.)

Bill-Chicago
04-29-2006, 07:45 AM
I can get you guys a deal on a "real" meat slicer

http://www.formaxinc.com/en/slicing/

bbqbull
04-29-2006, 12:01 PM
Speaking of electric knife. Other day I started slicing a whole sirloin with my electric knife. Didnt cut all that well. Remembered I had a new 14" Granton knife. Grabbed it and OMG.....like wow. The granton sliced through the meat like a hot knife through butter. The problem with the electric knife was it actually gummed up the blades when I cut through the fat cap. When I was done slicing and went to clean up both knives the electric knife blades were all gummed up w/fat bigtime. The granton was extreemly easy to clean. Wife used electric knife to slice some styrafoam other day and it worked great.

Mike

qman
04-29-2006, 01:01 PM
I have a friend who uses an electric knive to cut foam for re-doing cushions in her upholstery shop. With this and styrofoam, we may have found the "highest and best" use for an electric knive:grin:

Kevin
04-29-2006, 01:30 PM
I used to use an electric knife years ago. Then I learned how to sharpen knives properly. I know some like an electric knife to cut brisket for presentation, and if that's what works for you, who am I to say.

qman
04-29-2006, 01:36 PM
I used to use an electric knife years ago. Then I learned how to sharpen knives properly. I know some like an electric knife to cut brisket for presentation, and if that's what works for you, who am I to say.

Right, Kevin. I for one did not mean to imply otherwise. As always, to each his own.

boatnut
04-29-2006, 04:52 PM
About the only use I really have for an electric knife is to fillet fish.
Fast and easy.

Yup, that's what I use on walleye's and stripers. fast and easy. I will also admit to using one on ham or turkey as well on occasion.

Bill-Chicago
04-29-2006, 07:16 PM
Wow,
This thread keeps jumping back and forth between electric knife, and food slicer.

2 completely different tools.

The original poster was not talking about electric knives

And my link to big ass slicers was real. If you have eaten packaged sliced meats this past year, or formed meats like nuggets or whatever, I thank you. You help pay my salary (bacon, packaged meat, etc. doesnt matter what brand, they all use our stuff)

qman
04-29-2006, 07:24 PM
Wow,
This thread keeps jumping back and forth between electric knife, and food slicer.

2 completely different tools.

The original poster was not talking about electric knives

And my link to big ass slicers was real. If you have eaten packaged sliced meats this past year, or formed meats like nuggets or whatever, I thank you. You help pay my salary (bacon, packaged meat, etc. doesnt matter what brand, they all use our stuff)

um, actually Bill, the original poster "meant" to say electric knife, said "slicer" accidentaly, and created the confusion.
Edit: see post #8

Gatordawg
04-29-2006, 07:46 PM
I use an electric knife for filleting fish. Have used one on a turkey or large ham on the holidays. I prefer to use a knife to electric knife. for most my cutting though.. To me a regular knife is easier and does as good a job except in filleting a fish.

qman
04-29-2006, 08:14 PM
I can get you guys a deal on a "real" meat slicer

http://www.formaxinc.com/en/slicing/

I'll take a FXplus slicer, Bill.
Man that stuff rocks.
Reminds me of when I worked at a huge commercial bakery while I was going to college. Loved all that big-ass equipment.

Bill-Chicago
04-29-2006, 08:21 PM
um, actually Bill, the original poster "meant" to say electric knife, said "slicer" accidentaly, and created the confusion.
Edit: see post #8

Me bad.

Thanks Q

Bill-Chicago
04-29-2006, 08:23 PM
I'll take a FXplus slicer, Bill.
Man that stuff rocks.
Reminds me of when I worked at a huge commercial bakery while I was going to college. Loved all that big-ass equipment.

We have over 60 % of the market for pork bellys.

I might get one of them for the garage.

From pig to cryovac in 2 minutes.

I'm going for a plant tour soon. I can't wait

JohnMcD348
04-30-2006, 07:44 AM
I have an electric knife that usually doesn't see the light of day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas when I slice up the Turkey. Although now I have a few Henckels at my dsiposal, I can't wait for the next bird to come my way. Ever since I got those babies, I've pretty much done all the cutting and trimming at home. Everybody that has used one in at home has fallen in love with them. My Mother-in-Law has become nearly as fanatical over them as I have since she tried mine.