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December 4, 2013 at 7:31 am #1779DaveMember
I saw a chef’s choice in one of the dry bag steak videos. Reviews on Amazon are decent but most of them are cutting congealed ham-like product, not prosciutto.
Could we see it in action against more of your charcuterie projects as well as what you like and don’t like about it?
I’m buying one at some point and don’t want to be disappointed when that money could have went towards a Berkel or other quality product.
NYKIDIES posted a picture of his Berkel. I never heard of them before but now I’m seriously jealous. I’d love to see it in action though 30 seconds would probably convince me to buy one (you did mention you regretted not getting an even bigger one – perhaps you’d like to upgrade and rid yourself of this inferior model;)
I’ve had a copy of Ruhlman’s Charcuterie for several years and made pates, attempted duck confit (don’t ask), and hung cheesecloth wrapped cured pork tenderloins in my fridge, but I always longed to make fermented sausages and to dry larger whole muscles. I always saw the difficulty of having a dedicated drying chamber at 50 degrees and 75% humidity as a barrier. Dry bag steak has changed all that!
I’m jumping into this head first! My pet peeve is inferior kitchen equipment. I have a kitchenaid, vitamix, etc. Where is the chef’s choice slicer on the scale of walmart blender to vitamix?December 4, 2013 at 11:37 am #7499JimMember
The Chef’s Choice was acquired for our test kitchen this summer and is working quite well. Of course we don’t have anything to compare it to, since we have never used the Berkel, which is a well known brand. However the Chef’s Choice was sold by Costco online and it says that it is made in Germany, which sometimes means something (when it comes to knives and guns anyway). It comes with a serrated blade and a smooth one for meat.
We will have a video of Prosciuttini slicing on this slicer pretty soon and will post it on the forum.December 6, 2013 at 3:43 am #7512JimMember
How about this:December 6, 2013 at 4:47 am #7513DaveMember
Thank you so much for posting the video!! I did some more research and the one you got at costco is not the much cheaper one I was contemplating. I really like the one you have and will be buying one in the next couple months when some of my projects are ready.
Thanks again and thanks for the awesome products and customer service! I’ve recently sent you all a couple hundred $ and took advantage of the free shipping offer a few days ago. It’s no longer a matter of making space in my current fridge, but a need for an additional fridge.December 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm #7607
Not sure if this vid from YOUTUBE WILL work but I love my 10 inch BERKEL. I wish I would have bight the 12 inchDecember 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm #7608December 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm #7609December 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm #7610
The Berkel 825A slicer is a good economy slicer that is sort of in between entry level and top tier commercial slicers, and even though it is the next series slicer in Berkel’s gravity feed line, it still can only handle around the same daily usage as the lesser 827E slicer can.
It has a 1/3 horse power motor and has a 10 inch blade making it perfect for those who only require a slice that can handle light chores occasionally throughout the day…more specifically for folks that plan on slicing meats and cheeses for only 2 to 3 hours max with very little to zero frozen product slicing which is reserved for higher end, more powerful slicers.
For that, I recommend researching Berkel’s X13 series slicers, Globe slicers, or Hobart slicers.
The Berkel 825A meat slicer is good for folks who want a quality slicer that sports a 10 inch blade and is more ideal for professional kitchens or businesses that do the above mentioned occasional slicing.
This unit is not recommended for folks who have a sandwich or deli business as the constant usage will weaken the belt drive system and/or burn out the motor rather quickly.
However, for the money this item is one of the best 10″ blade slicers available, (we’ll quickly go over some comparisons below).
Main Product Details
This is a manual 1 speed gravity feed slicer with a 10″ blade that sports a 1/3 HP motor, has a belt drive system, plus comes with a built-in sharpener and permanent knife guard. The unit weighs 37 pounds.
The carriage cutting capacity for food product is 8-3/4″ wide by 6″ (7″ for diameter).
Further cutting specs & details can be found in the owners manual.
For folks who feel they do not require the 2 to 3 hours a day slicing the Berkel 825A is good for and only require a meat slicer, (very little cheese slicing) for around an hour a day, for less money, please consider the Berkel 825E (same blade length).
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