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I just found an old hand cranked meat slicer which I can use to slice homemade lunch meats. It was free, but it obviously hasn't been used awhile. Inside there are two gears, and a bearing on which the blade spins. I took off the blade to give the thing a through cleaning, and in the process removed all of the grease. I am now running it through the dish washer to give it yet another washing before we use it.

Can anyone suggest a proper grease to use to lubricate the blade? There is a small chance it could come in contact with food so I was thinking a few shots of silicon grease? Any help would be appreciated.

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I'm thinking a generous dollop of capicola grease would work and add seasoning to the internal bits of your machine-werks. – mfg Feb 16 '12 at 16:49
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Food grade lubricants

Looks like there's quite a few food grade greases available online. Some of them are silicone based. Still, I'd get something that definitely says food grade, rather than whatever's on sale at Ace hardware.

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Awesome, thank you so much! I have a second slicer coming in in just a few days to replace any broken parts, so hopefully I can start using this thing soon. – Matthew Feb 22 '12 at 15:47

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