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Offline streetfat

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What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« on: March 14, 2009, 03:53:18 PM »
Obviously, one can use a knife, but I can't get it thin enough that way.  What are my options?

Thank you in advance,

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2009, 04:07:24 PM »
I would toss it in the freezer for a few minutes to harden it up a little... and practice with the knife.  I can slice semi-frozen meats paper thin, but I've had a lot of years of knife work.

Another option is to take your pepperoni to a deli and ask them to practically shave it on their industrial strength slicers.  We were told that we shouldn't slice meats that customers brought from home (contamination) but, in the name of customer service, we did it all the time... bleach will kill just about any germ they can bring in.

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2009, 06:01:12 PM »
Thanks for the tip, SD.  I appreciate it.

Do you think a regular home slicer would be sufficient?  Or would I be compromising something?

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2009, 06:28:51 PM »
Thanks for the tip, SD.  I appreciate it.

Do you think a regular home slicer would be sufficient?  Or would I be compromising something?

Streetfat

I know my $99 home slicer is sufficient.  So I would think all home slicers can do it.

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2009, 06:48:13 PM »
Thanks for the tip, SD.  I appreciate it.

Do you think a regular home slicer would be sufficient?  Or would I be compromising something?

Streetfat

You're welcome!

I'm not sure what you're worried about compromising... and if you have a home slicer, I would use it.  I don't use mine often, but they do come in handy once in a while.  If you find that it is smearing the pepperoni instead of slicing it, (home slicers do not have the high quality blades of commercial slicers) I would use the freezer trick and then try the slicer again.  Just make sure not to leave it in the freezer too long... you just want it nicely firmed up, not frozen solid.

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2009, 07:49:00 PM »
Hows about the ole adjustable Mandolin?
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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2009, 08:06:04 PM »
Hows about the ole adjustable Mandolin?
J

Not a bad idea, but mine doesn't get thin enough... but, I also didn't plan on using it for meat, just veggies.
Have you sliced pepperoni very thinly on a mandolin?  Yours might adjust more than mine...

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2009, 08:46:21 PM »
No Never pepperoni just knuckles (Julianne blade!) Hint use the guard1! :'(
I will try it next time. I just don't like it that thin or I get the pre sliced Evo from PennMac or Hormel on sale, theres enough going on pizza days. I now grate ALL the cheese I use
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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2009, 09:26:47 PM »
Thanks, everyone.  I will definitely try the freezer trick (who knew?).  I will also try using a home slicer.

I've got lots to learn.

Again, thanks.



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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2009, 04:04:30 AM »
I slice all my meats by hand with a very sharp Hattori chef's knife. Why do you want it paper thin? If you have good pepperoni you should want to taste it and have something to chew on.


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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2009, 07:03:16 AM »
Thanks, TDEANE.

What do you think the desired thickness should be a single piece of pepperoni?

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2009, 07:37:27 AM »
Here's a little thread sort of on the same topic. I like the pepperoni pre-fried/browned like bacon. Not as greasy and concentrates the flovor more in my opinion. http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,8147.0.html

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2009, 02:45:34 PM »
Streetfat,

If you think your pepperoni is too thick and want to slice it thinner, that's your call.  I don't see anywhere where you said you wanted it paper thin, just THINNER.  It shouldn't matter how thick anybody else likes their pepperoni because they're not eating your pizza.  I would just slice it more thinly than you have been and see if you like it better.  I don't think there is any particular thickness that is right or wrong.  Some people even slice it thick and then chop it up.... bottom line, it's your pizza and you should have it your way! 

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2009, 04:15:59 PM »
Thanks, TDEANE.

What do you think the desired thickness should be a single piece of pepperoni?

Streetfat
I would say that depends on what type of pepperoni and also what you like. I use a small pepperoni which is very nice when it's a bit thicker, but if you are using a larger diameter pepperoni it is probably better thinner. I cut my about the thickness of a quarter, I'm guessing. Probably thicker sometimes and thinner other times.

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Re: What is the best way to slice pepperoni?
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2009, 11:03:01 PM »
I'm lazy...just use presliced!  ;D