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Should Pet Food Processors Invest in a Meat Shredder?

Shredded meat is making its way into the pet food world.

Dog and cat owners increasingly want to see recognizable meat and vegetable pieces in their pet’s food as part of a larger trend towards more natural, less processed pet food.

The uniformly shaped cubes traditionally found in wet pet food is not easily recognizeable (is that cube supposed to be chickn or beef?) and is often perceived by pet owners as over processed and unnatural — something pet food processors are trying to move away from.

Shredded meat, on the other hand, is seen as more natural and less processed due to its irregular shape and size. Pet owners are able to recognize meat shreds as actual meat, and are more willing to feed it to their pets.

With this growing trend towards natural pet food and, more specifically, shredded meat in wet pet food, innovative processors are already looking ahead at ways to optimize the shredding process.

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shredding hot cold

The 1 Overlooked Difference Between Shredding Hot and Cold

The number one question we get asked concerning shredding protein is this: should I be shredding hot or cold?

It’s a legitimate question to ask. The temperature of your protein product when you run it through a shredding machine plays a big role in the consistency and look of the shreds.

Choose the wrong temperature (hot versus cold), and you’ll wind up with shreds you weren’t expecting — and, as many do, blame the shredding machine for the less than desirable outcome to your shreds.

Answering this question starts with having a goal in mind for your shreds.

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How To Cook Beef for Better Looking Shreds

The popularity of shredded beef is at an all time high and smart companies are finding ways to produce a more consistent, hand pulled look to their product.

The reason is obvious: consumers want to buy a shredded beef product that closely resembles what they could make at home. The more consistent the shreds, the more it looks like it was pulled apart with forks, the better.

Achieving that hand pulled look is difficult though. Shredding product by hand isn’t scale-able and often requires a large investment in labor, while some meat shredding machines can produce a clumpy product.

So how do you get that hand pulled look consumers want? Simple, you change how you cook your product.

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How To Cook Chicken for Better Looking Shreds

The popularity of shredded chicken is at an all time high and smart companies are finding ways to produce a more consistent, hand pulled look to their product.

The reason is obvious: consumers want to buy a shredded chicken product that closely resembles what they could make at home. The more consistent the shreds, the more it looks like it was pulled apart with forks, the better.

Achieving that hand pulled look is difficult though. Shredding product by hand isn’t scale-able and often requires a large investment in labor, while some meat shredding machines can produce a clumpy product.

So how do you get that hand pulled look consumers want? Simple, you change how you cook your product.

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How To Cook Pork for Better Looking Shreds

The popularity of shredded pork is at an all time high and smart companies are finding ways to produce a more consistent, hand pulled look to their product.

The reason is obvious: consumers want to buy a shredded pork product that closely resembles what they could make at home. The more consistent the shreds, the more it looks like it was pulled apart with forks, the better.

Achieving that hand pulled look is difficult though. Shredding product by hand isn’t scale-able and often requires a large investment in labor, while some meat shredding machines can produce a clumpy product.

So how do you get that hand pulled look consumers want? Simple, you change how you cook your product.

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Watch the FS-19 Slicer Handle 3 Types of Dehydrated Fruit

When we acquired the FS-19 Slicer during our acquisition of Cove Equipment, we knew it was a powerful meat slicer.

You only have to view some of the videos on our website to see how quickly and easily the FS-19 can slice multiple kinds of meat — and produce perfect slice thickness every time. We were amazed ourselves seeing it slice up meat in person.

The FS-19 truly is a great meat slicer. But what about other food products?

A customer recently ask us to test the FS-19 slicer on a product we weren’t expecting: dehydrated fruit.

We weren’t quite sure what to expect. We know it can handle meat, but dehydrated fruit? Would it be able to produce a quality slice on such a small product? Could the FS-19 be used for slicing more than meat?

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How to Easily Choose Between Enterprise and Unger Cutting Styles

When purchasing a mixer grinder for your food processing facility, restaurant, or convention center, the most confusing choice is the cutting system: do you want an enterprise or unger cutting system?

The names don’t do much to explain the cutting system nor why you would want one over the over. What exactly is an unger and why would you want it in your meat grinder? How does the name enterprise relate to grinding? Which system is best for the ground product you want to produce?

Choosing the correct cutting system is vital to producing the ground product you’ll be proud to put your name on. So how do you choose?

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How to Compare our 3 Models of Meat Slicers

Our line of meat slicers are some of the best on the market.

They produce perfect slice thickness and dice size every time, allow for a continuous product flow, and are constructed of high grade stainless steel to make them easy to clean and maintain.

We even put our slicers and dicers to the test handling jerky, bacon bits, and meat snacks in these videos to show you how great our slicers truly are.

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meat slicing machine better than commercial slicer

4 Reasons Meat Slicing Machines are Better than Commercial Slicers

The popularity of sliced meat has brought with it a number of devices to help make slicing easier — the most common being commercial, table top slicers.

For years, these devices have been the tool of choice for restaurants, food vendors, schools, and some meat processing plants looking to provide sliced meat options to their customers. They are relatively cheap, easy to use, and give you the sliced meat you’re looking for.

But are these devices the best option for getting perfect slice thickness?

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View the Results of our FS-19 Slicer 18mm and 6mm Blades

The FS-19 Slicer in our line of meat slicers continually rises to the challenge of slicing a variety of fresh and cooked meat, poultry, liver, and fish fillets.

We regularly put our FS-19 slicer to the test, slicing a variety of meat products at different blade thicknesses to make sure our meat slicer can provide you with perfect slice thickness every time. We’ve tried everything from beef jerky, boiled beef, and dip boiled beef to dip boiled chicken, boiled chicken, bacon, jerky, and snack sticks.

The result? Consistently perfect slice thickness every time.

Don’t take our word for it! We sliced beef jerky, boiled beef, dip boiled beef, dip boiled chicken, and boiled chicken in our FS-19 Slicer with an 18mm and 6mm blade and took pictures so you can see the quality of our slices.

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