If Money Were No Object, Our Test Kitchen Director Would Buy This Meat Slicer

It doesn’t get better than the nearly $5,000 Berkel B2

Kat Craddock

By Kat Craddock

Published on December 18, 2019

Available in glossy black or candy-apple red, this beauty boasts the style and swagger of a vintage sports car, with a manual flywheel cutting mechanism that deftly shaves paper-thin ribbons of cured meat. Berkel also manufactures electric versions, but ham aficionados favor the slow and smooth hand crank, which minimizes friction and subsequent overheating—­instant death for quick-melting pork fat. The B2 is pricey at $4,759 ($6,284 with a handsome matching pedestal). Then again, would you really want to subject a $400 leg of prosciutto di Parma to anything else? (

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