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Healthy meats/cold cuts

KelownaKelowna Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
edited March 2009 in Parent Cafe
Disclaimer: no cold cuts are healthy. They are all salted, marinated etc. which in itself makes them less than desirable to eat.

We try not to purchase a lot of these, but coming from a very strong sandwich culture, it is sometimes difficult not to have any cold cuts in the house.
Have you discovered any brands that are free of additives like sodium nitrates etc?

I will start:
Turkey breast from Costco, sold in solid pieces, I think it is called Kettle Cooked or something. Seems to be free of those awful nitrates, at least that is what they claim on the package. Pretty tasty too :)
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Replies to: Healthy meats/cold cuts

  • samiamysamiamy Posts: 1,664Registered User Senior Member
    Boars Head Brand
    If a product is Feingold approved, you can almost put money down it is as good/clean as you can get.
    BH is geographically available in the East and perhaps even more specific NE.

    Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Posts: 14,374Registered User Senior Member
    Boar's Head brand is sold here in the PNW at some delis. Good stuff. Costco used to have uncured organic ham without nitrites, but I do not remember what brand that was, since we are not big fans of ham sandwiches.

    How about making your own roast turkey breast or beef and slicing that for sandwiches?
  • samiamysamiamy Posts: 1,664Registered User Senior Member
    ^^ good to know, quite a few places we have gone, couldn't get BH
  • tonerangertoneranger Posts: 3,723Registered User Senior Member
    wow...those thick turkey and chicken breast slices they sell at Trader Joes are great.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Posts: 14,374Registered User Senior Member
    toneranger, our TJ's carries Columbus brand sliced meats. And they are coming out with a new line of nitrite-free meats:

    Columbus
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Posts: 10,691Registered User Senior Member
    We always have turkey, roast beef and honey maple ham in the house -- all Boars Head. They're expensive, but they're 100% edible and yummy. We all eat sandwiches almost every day, so they're always all used up.

    And, my secret vice: On some nights, I don't cook; I just have cold cuts with maybe a sliced tomato and an apple.
  • KelownaKelowna Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
    Columbus brand sells at our Costco, but no the nitrite free...

    Very Happy - this is my cheat as well on the evenings I just can't do it anymore ...
  • abasketabasket Posts: 7,979Registered User Senior Member
    We don't buy much lunch meat (in the past, I bet I've thrown away more lunchmeat than we've eaten....I'm getting better at reminding people to eat it and buying it less frequently)
    but if we do, most often it is Boar's Head Oven Roasted Turkey.

    Take a slice and wrap it around a dill pickle...yum.
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    I don't eat these lunch meat but I like what my husband bought from Trader's Joe.
  • cartera45cartera45 Posts: 12,091Registered User Senior Member
    My D gets migraines so she stays away from nitrates/nitrites. Not all of the Boar's Head meats are nitrate/nitrate free - look for the "all natural" label on them. Wegman's has a great brand that is nitrate/nitrate free. I think it is Plainville Farms, but I might be wrong about that.
  • NYMomof2NYMomof2 Posts: 5,009Registered User Senior Member
    Our TJ carries Applegate Farms cold cuts - they are all natural and quite good. I'm glad to hear that Boar's Head is free of all the junk. It is available around here.
  • samiamysamiamy Posts: 1,664Registered User Senior Member
    only certain BH ones are, my kids get headaches from nitrates also.BH has the feingold approved link on their website to check which ones are "clean".
  • cartera45cartera45 Posts: 12,091Registered User Senior Member
    NYMom - Applegate is the brand I was trying to remember - it is at Wegman's too - very yummy.
  • KelownaKelowna Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
    There is a difference between nitrates and nitrites - anyone brave to tuckle it?
  • cartera45cartera45 Posts: 12,091Registered User Senior Member
    The distinction is in the category of things I used to know but I remember that nitrites are worse than nitrates.
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