Cleaning a commercial meat slicer is important to ensure foodborne illnesses don’t spread.
Slicers are dangerous pieces of equipment, so while it’s easy to clean a slicer, you must use caution throughout the process.
Before You Start
> Never put the slicer in a sink or a dishwasher.
> Never pressure wash or spray your slicer.
> Never use steel wool
Always wear protective gloves while working near and handling the blade. On one hand, a food handling glove will suffice. On your protected hand, you’ll need a food handling glove, a cut-resistant glove, and a second food handing glove on top of everything to ensure you are not spreading germs.
Prepare one wash and one rinse bucket. The wash bucket should have a mild detergent along with hot water. Ensure you also have sanitiser spray prepared.
How to Clean a Commercial Meat Slicer
1) Unplug your machine, ensuring it is fully isolated from the mains power supply.
2) Set the blade to zero.
3) Wipe away large food particles with a paper towel, cloth or gentle scrub pad. Again, never use steel wool.
4) Disassemble the slicer by removing the product tray (also called the carriage food chute), blade plate, and guard. If you model has a knife sharpener, remove that as well.
5) Wash, rinse, and sanitise the slicer parts in your sink, letting them air dry afterwards.
6) Using a small brush on the slicer, scrub areas like seams, screws, handles, and knobs.
7) If your unit has a knife removal tool, it is highly recommended that you use it. If not, be thorough when you clean the blade
8) Insert a clean cloth or paper towel between the blade and blade guard, and work it along the entire backside of the blade to remove residue.
9) With your protected hand, use the towel to wash the entire slicer, including the areas you scrubbed earlier. When washing the blade, move from the centre going outwards.
10) If the slicer has a centre hole at the blade, clean it with a small brush.
11) Rinse the slicer with a clean towel and rinse water.
12) Spray sanitiser solution on all parts of the slicer, ensuring the sanitiser is applied for the required minimum amount of time as per the directions.
13) Allow slicer to air dry.
14) Reassemble the slicer.
15) At closing time, cover your slicer to ensure it stays clean overnight.
That’s all there is to it! If your slicer recommends some kind of lubrication, like food-safe oil, then apply as directed.