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#1 Chris Amirault

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 09:08 PM

On Friday, April 28, at 9:32 am, Chris Amirault welcomed into his loving home this magnificent vintage Hobart Meat Slicer, weighing in at well over fifty pounds. Hobart was adopted thanks to the fine folks at craigslist for $100, and he's in good working order. Here's a few photos of the little bugger:

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That's the turkey breast I brined and roasted, sliced nice and thin.

This beast is fantastic. I took it apart -- it's all screws and grease and metal, so I could figure it out more or less -- cleaned it, sharpened the blade, and it's working like a charm. Plus it's absolutely beautiful, don't cha think?

So... what to do with it? I'm planning on curing ham, bresaola, and who knows what, smoking turkey, roasting beef, the usual and I'll slice 'em up with this baby. I'm also thinking about carpaccio at home, something I've craved but never managed to pull off for obvious reasons. What else is there to try?

And does anyone know of any things I should be doing to keep it in good shape other than keeping it clean and sharp?

Finally, I'd love to hear about other people's slicers. What do you do with them? Where do you store them? What do you use them for?
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#2 snowangel

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 09:30 PM

Beautiful, Chris!

But, I'm a bit disappointed that you chose to inaugurate the slicer with somethine roasted, and not cured or smoked...

I'm thinking your Hobart could make fast work of the 6 pounds of cured and ssoked bacon I have on hand...
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 09:42 PM

Beautiful... just lovely. But then I've been known to drool over vintage cash registers!

The pic you posted shows a very rapidly spining blade. How old is the newly adopted Hobart... young or an older child?

#4 Chris Amirault

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 10:08 PM

Actually, it's not spinning; that's just cheese residue! And I have no idea how old it is; I shot that close photo of the information plate in case someone else had an answer to that.
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#5 Richard Kilgore

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 10:52 PM

That's a great deal, Chris. I had one of those many years ago and it was old when I got it. It may out live you. I suggest you simply call the Hobart repair shop nearest you and ask them what kind of regular maintenance it needs. They may be able to give you a better idea of the vintage, too.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 06:01 AM

She's a beauty Chris.

I have access to a larger but somewhat newer Hobart through a good friend. He procured his from a local butcher who no longer is. Beacause of the size and overall weight, he permanently mounted his on a rolling cart. The cart is similiar to what a mechanic might use in a garage. The height is just about right of a countertop, and clean up becomes much easier by rolling the unit outside for washing and disenfecting.
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Posted 29 April 2006 - 09:54 AM

Finally, I'd love to hear about other people's slicers. What do you do with them? Where do you store them? What do you use them for?

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I have a lovely old slicer in my basement waiting for my husband to finish renovations so it can be placed in a useable spot. I inherited it from an butcher friend when he died along with a delicator to tenderize meat and a beautiful huge scimitar. We were friends for years, he taught me to butcher meat in his basement where he had all the gear (and about 5 freezers). As he got older I made him meals, and put them in his freezer so he had a warm meal every day.

When we first met he tested me to see what I would do with different cuts of meat, and when I satisfied him that I knew the difference between beef wellington and pot roast he decided he would take me on as a customer. He went all over southern ontario in those days buying the best beef he could find for his customers. Don't think he ever made any money at it, he did it for the love of the job. He used to give me roasts for birthdays and Christmas (and I'd give him Crown Royal). He was 88 when he died, and I still miss the old bugger.

Anyway, when I get the slicer up and running I will use it to slice all sorts of things. One thing I can't wait to make again is homemade melba toast. Just slice a stale bagette into thin slices, dry for several hours in a low convection over until just starting to colour. Lovely stuff with just a bit of butter.
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#8 Ann_T

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 01:38 PM

Finally, I'd love to hear about other people's slicers. What do you do with them? Where do you store them? What do you use them for?


Wow that is one beautiful machine.

Here is the one that I have. It is made in Italy. I bought this about 12 years ago when we lived in Sault Ste. Marie. A friends husband made the best Italian salami I have ever tasted, and I needed a good slicer so that the salami could be sliced as thin as possible. It got used a lot back then. But for the last 6 or 7 years it only gets used a few times a year. Sometimes I drag it out to shave leftover Prime Rib or tenderloin to make beef dip sandwiches.




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#9 Chris Amirault

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 05:24 PM

Great ideas! I used it today to slice a slab of homemade bacon into uniform thick strips. Then a pal of mine who teaches at Johnson and Wales came by and suggested I think about very thin slices of orange for pastries.
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Posted 01 May 2006 - 02:13 PM

Chris

your slicer was manufactured in 1940!


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#11 Chris Amirault

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 06:23 PM

Tracey, thanks! How'd you find that out? I'm intrigued.
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Posted 01 May 2006 - 07:43 PM

I emailed Hobart actually :cool:


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Posted 12 May 2006 - 09:43 AM

Now that I'm making so much charcuterie, I'm starting to get itchy for paper-thin sliced meat. A home meat slicer seems like a hopeless extravagance, not to mention a counter-space hog. But I know that if anyone would talk me into needing one, it would be you guys. What say you?

And if you vote for getting one, which one?

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 10:19 AM

Abra, the only reason I slurged and bought a small commercial type slicer was so that I could slice a friends homemade salami paper thin. It was a big splurge. It doesn't get used often but for the times I need it i'm really glad that I have it.

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#15 Marlene

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 10:24 AM

I have a Waring Pro slicer which I haven't had a chance to use yet, but I'll let you know tomorrow how it works!
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Posted 12 May 2006 - 01:41 PM

I have a cheap plastic folding one made by Krups that does a remarkably fine job of slicing both thick and thin. It spins rather slowly and can even be used to get three slices of bread out of one for homemade melba toast.

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 07:13 AM

Last fall, when we were at a market in Provence, my husband was unable to resist a huge salami. He informed me that this was going to be the most expensive salami ever. "Why", I asked. "You said that the price was very low". "Yes", he replied "but now we are finally forced to buy a slicer". We bought a Chefs Choice model. At first we were worried that it might be too flimsy, but it is very solid, does not slip around on the counter and will slice prosciutto as thinly as any big commercial machine.
We use it even to slice bread when we have a dense loaf that needs to be sliced thinly. I have used it when I want to slice vegetables, such as eggplant, thickly but evenly. We are constantly congratulating each other on our purchase and I think you will not regret it if you buy one. We bought it on Amazon and I think it was about $300.00.
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Posted 15 May 2006 - 09:41 PM

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one. of course, cheap and folding sound like scary but desireable traits. My counter space is so limited...but I've regretted cheap tools before. Does anyone alse have that Krups? Or should I spring for one of the bigger guys?

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 09:59 PM

Hi Abra,

I bought a non commercial Sunbeam food slicer 6 months ago and absolutely love it. I use it to cut my own slices of boneless ham, salami, tomatoes, cheese, bread and so on. I have a food dehydrator as well so it'd very useful when you need to cut fruit and vegies to the same thickness ready for drying.

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 03:38 AM

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one.  of course, cheap anmd folding sound like scary but desireable traits.  My counter space is so limited...but I've regretted cheap tools before.  Does anyone alse have that Krups?  Or should I spring for one of the bigger guys?

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The Waring Pro isn't that big and doesn't take up a lot of counter space. When we used it the other day, we were very pleased with it.
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#21 Abra

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 06:55 AM

Marlene, the Waring Pro got some iffy reviews on Amazon. Did you have any of the same problems?

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 06:59 AM

Has anyone have any experience with this Rival food slicer?


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#23 Marlene

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 06:59 AM

None. We found it very easy to take the blade out and clean. Once the blade is out, we had no trouble wiping it down and we disinfected with ammonia. Nor was it hard to put back together. It's got suction feet on the bottom, so it was very stable on the granite, didn't move around at all. For what we'll use it for, slicing meats mostly (unlike one reviewer who used it to slice potatoes, for which I would use my mandoline) it's fine. Of course, we've only used it twice now!
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#24 CheGuevara

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 01:28 PM

i'll take a picture with more time - but i bought mine for 140EUR - it is very small yet cuts ham wafer thin in a breeze.

i use it almost daily - partly because i always have a few bit of charcuterie in the fridge - at the moment it's bresaola, parma, coppa and hungarian salami. it's a joy...would find it hard living without it.

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#25 CheGuevara

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 01:31 PM

Has anyone have any experience with this Rival food slicer? 


Rival 1042W Electric Food Slicer, White
http://www.amazon.co...glance&n=284507

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this things are a waste of money - absolutely useless. it will slice, but not properly and certainly not nearly thin enough for any good hams.

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 08:10 PM

I obviously have access to a pro one at work, but I keep meaning to pick one up for the house. Just keep an eye out for restaurant closing or surplus auctions...seems like every auction I go to one is on the block. The Hobarts are the best in my experiance, but Berkel makes a very nice one as well.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 07:55 AM

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one.  of course, cheap and folding sound like scary but desireable traits.  My counter space is so limited...but I've regretted cheap tools before.  Does anyone alse have that Krups?  Or should I spring for one of the bigger guys?

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I've also had a Krups for years. I think it does a wonderful job.It also folds up and doesn't take up too much space.

#28 Hawthorne

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 09:21 PM

Isn't this wonderful? A couple of years ago I scored one very similar, and of similar vintage on eBay - we paid about the same, but had to drive from Portland OR to Everett WA to collect it - too heavy to ship!

My husband disassembled it, cleaned and lubricated it, and made a cabinet for it; it has to live in the basement, because my kitchen is way too small for it. I am under orders, more or less, not to acquire any more kitchen stuff, because I don't have space for it ... fat chance! lol!

I use it kind of cyclically - that is, sometimes long periods go by when I don't have anything to slice, but then suddenly I will have cold roasts and other slicables on a regular basis. Last year my German son-in-law imported a dry cured ham from home, and we sliced the whole thing on it.

It is wonderful to be able to put the whole tail end of the roast, or whatever I want to slice without having to cut it up - it will just have to go wherever I go from here on!

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#29 Chris Amirault

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 06:50 PM

Hawthorne, what's that triangular piece on the left?
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#30 Hawthorne

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 09:10 PM

Hawthorne, what's that triangular piece on the left?

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That's the slicing width control - rather like yours, but as you can see, entirely exposed and a little more primitive. I suspect mine may be even older than yours, but still worked fine after my husband pulled it apart and cleaned it.

When my husband came in the other night to find out what on earth I was doing, I showed him your pictures, and he said that what we paid for this (plus a 12 hour trip and some rehabilitation) was $58 ... and after some thought, I realized that the $87 or so I recalled paying for something or other was actually a rather antiquated Cuisinart ... also too heavy to ship, but located more locally ... lol!

I was really thrilled to find that Hobart!

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