Unitasker Wednesday: Electric slicer

When you’re at the deli, do you ever think to yourself, “I could slice that turkey at home if I only I had the right equipment“? Well, now is your chance to start living the dream of slicing your very own lunch meat thanks to Williams-Sonoma. The Chef’sChoice Electric Slicer handles all of your slicing needs and while not in use takes up a good hunk of your storage space. Wouldn’t you sacrifice the cabinet space to be able to slice your own meat and cheese? Measuring in at 14″ x 10 1/4″ x 11 1/4″ high, it is a small price to pay for freshly sliced meat.

Why would you want someone you don’t even know slicing meat for you for free? Who knows where that person learned how to slice meat? Take your meat and cheese slicing seriously and invest the $280 in your very own electric slicer. You can thank me later.

** Unitasker Wednesday posts humorously poke fun at the single-use items that seem to find their way into our homes.

28 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Electric slicer”

  1. posted by Kris on

    Actually, I have one of these and we use the heck out of it. Enough that it has it’s own shelf in the kitchen cabinet next to the stove. I’d say we use it every other day, minimum. Cheese, turkey, ham, slicing pork roasts into chops, and it’s the only thing I use to make brijole, where you have to cut the beef very very very thin.

    We love our unitasker.

  2. posted by RadiantMatrix on

    “Why would you want someone you don’t even know slicing meat for you for free?”

    FWIW, most grocers and delis will not slice raw goods; if you regularly make large spreads of food with many sliced items (carpaccio comes to mind), this might actually be worthwhile.

    Of course, I’m curious what portion of the folks who buy this actually use it enough for it to be worthwhile. 😉

  3. posted by Andamom on

    There are more butchers and delis in New York City than I know what to do with… I’m more than happy not to own this item — or have to think about the possibility of my son getting injured with it around.

  4. posted by rachel b. on

    I cannot wait to show this unitasker Wednesday item to my husband who thinks the idea of bliss is to own a meat slicer. While Kris may use this and get a load of good out of it we would be, as RadiantMatrix said, the portion that would never use this. Maybe this will curb his fascination for it.

  5. posted by Spencer on

    We were given a (much cheaper) meat slicer as a (wedding?) gift many years back (if it was wedding, we’re talking 23+ years). I probably use it less than once a year, generally when I’ve done something like smoked a beef brisket and want to slice it nicely for guests. But even then, the last several briskets I sliced by hand. That makes it a good candidate for ebay or craigslist, I think. Thanks for reminding me!

  6. posted by Mrs. Micah on

    Don’t forget to add a couple hospital visits to the price. Some people (like me) should not be around electic things with blades!

  7. posted by Tony on

    Didn’t you people watch Seinfeld. This beauty will not only slice meat, but it will open mail and even up a pair of heels.

    I have two; one for the kitchen and the other for the office.

  8. posted by Jasi on

    My friend comes from a great big family. Lunches for 10 get expensive, especially high quality lunch meats. A roast goes a long way. And have you considered how hard it is to slice eye round for good Pho?

    Heh. That said, you’ll never see this in my kitchen. Course I don’t plan on having 8 kids, either.

  9. posted by woptacularTony on

    This is an indispensible tool in achieving eggplant parmigiana nirvana. That alone makes it a cherished addition to my kitchen.

  10. posted by meg on

    When I lived in Northern Europe, every family had a slicer, and they used it constantly — as in, a dozen times a day. In cases like that, yeah, it’s a unitasker, but so is my stove.

    Of course, I no longer live in a sandwich-driven culture.

  11. posted by sarah on

    why can’t i just use my circular saw?

  12. posted by Kristi on

    How about THIS single-use item? http://www.surlatable.com/product/547901.do

  13. posted by t-mag on

    No really, why can’t I just use my saw?

  14. posted by Anonymous on

    hey…10 of the 16 unitaskers that you have chosen are all food/kitchen related items. it’s time to branch out into other areas of ridiculousness. 🙂

  15. posted by Wes on

    Funny stuff…enjoyed it 🙂

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  17. posted by Joel T on

    I used an industrial sized one when I worked in a deli, never need one at home. A turkey carver works well enough if you know how to handle it, or just go to a deli and get the thin meat (I usually cut my personal meat thicker than customers wanted anyway)

  18. posted by cat on

    If anyone wants to get rid of his slicer unitasker, please let me know. I can’t wait to slice up yummy proscuitos with this thing. Every time coming back from Europe, I’m missing their hams, and not owning this instrument is the only reason that’s preventing me from smuggling some yummy spanish ham back to the States.

  19. posted by Charlise on

    How to slice meat to avoid the ‘rainbow’ effect? I hope the instructions tell you.

  20. posted by Deens on

    We have a manual one, which was $80 on Amazon, as opposed to $280. It does take up a lot of room, true, but we store it in the garage in its box. When we have company for a roast, or buy a turkey breast or roast to slice up, we do it all at once. It’s not used often, but to great effect, but it isn’t for apartment living, that’s for sure.

  21. posted by Plaid Ninja on

    When you’re at the deli, do you ever think to yourself, “I could slice that turkey at home if I only I had the right equipment“?

    Yes – in addition to a lot of other items which I could cook to my liking, probably tastier and healthier.

    As much as I like the idea behind this site, I’m beginning to wonder about whether or not it lives up to its ideals. Making fun of stupid unitaskers is one thing. They’re stupid and deserve the shame. When you find something that does a single useful (and practical) job and does it well, then maybe you should leave it alone and move on to something else. One can argue that this is expensive, but you’re looking at Williams-Sonoma.

    The storage space is an issue – that is true. And sure, this may not be for everyone, but for those people who could actually use this, this is well worth the storage space. I would love to make my own roast beef, prepared the way I like, and have it thinly sliced. Could I slice it by hand? Sure, but I doubt I could make the cuts nicely and evenly the way a slicer could.

    Now for me this isn’t really worth it – because I don’t really use sliced products very often. If I did I would much rather make my own than have to rely on a deli that overcharges for salty, processed products.

  22. posted by Joe on

    Wait the slow cooker is uncluttered kitchen cooking, but a slicer is a made fun of unitasker. I’m thinking its time to cut down on the number of posts, you’re starting to write posts for the sake of writing posts.

  23. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Joe — Did you READ the post? The slicer is ELECTRIC and it’s HUGE. A crockpot is useful, this is ridiculous … well, unless you work in a deli. But, I’m going out on a limb and say that most of our readers don’t live and work in a deli.

  24. posted by Joe on

    Indeed I did. The slow cooker is ELECTRIC too. Oh and I already have a stove and it’s HUGE too. The point is that the slicer can actually be useful to some families. If you bought your meat unsliced in decent quantities you would save a bunch by slicing it yourself.

  25. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Joe — As we have said numerous times, we understand that some people may find Unitaskers useful. In fact, I own three that have been featured on the site. But, for the majority of our readers, Unitaskers would just collect dust and be clutter.

    To learn more about how and why we choose Unitaskers, see our article on Unitaskers Explained:

  26. posted by pht on

    woptacularTony :

    holy schnikes! i thought i was the only one who used a deli slicer for eggplant parm! i work in a kitchen that has a deli attached- a quick hop over to the deli counter makes my eggplant parm prep a LOT quicker.

  27. posted by caffienejunkie on

    For those few who have major slicing needs – ok, have one. But I work in a cafe and all I can think when I look at this thing is how much a pain-in-the-a** it is to clean a slicer! I used to clean houses and I look at Rattan/Wicker furniture the same way. For me, uncluttering has a lot to do with how much time I spend cleaning.

    Oh, and the crock-pot thing – there are about 5,000 thinkgs you can do with a crock-pot – it can be left on while you’re out of the house and dinner is ready when you get home. Slicing is far more limited, and I believe someone already mentioned the danger factor if you have kids (or accident prone adults).

  28. posted by Plaid Ninja on

    Having read through the how & why unitaskers are chosen, I still think this one should have been left off the list. There are MANY MANY more items out there that perform a single task that are far less useful. When there’s no more goofiness to tear apart then the rest are fair game.

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