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Deli Meats: Prepackaged vs Freshly sliced

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Deli Meats: Prepackaged vs Freshly sliced

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First off, I'm pretty simple when it comes to deli meats. I don't do the crackers with cheese and mortidella or proscuito thing; just straight sandwiches for me, therefore I'm probably missing out on quite a lot of verities.

Anyway, is there a difference between the freshly cut ones from the packaged ones, in your opinion? Even before Covid, I preferred to buy the packaged.

My go-toes are Genoa salami or some kind of spicy salami / pepperoni thing. and roast beef from Pillars. They usually have a nice deal at Foodbasics for buy 3 get 1 free every few weeks. Throw that in a nice toasted roll, some havarti or provolone and it's heaven.
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Deli can shave the slices finer, which I like.

Also, not much for Salamis, but for chicken, turkey, and hams, the packaged versions seem more slimey.
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I think if you are getting stuff sliced at the deli counter & someone slices something at the end of its lifespan before your order, it introduces bacteria that makes your product spoil faster. I find the stuff in a package lasts longer which is important because I do not go through it that quickly.

I like a lot of the Mastro products, capocollo with black forest ham & Kewpie, pancetta or salami with prosciutto with an aged imported cheese. I buy the Pillers products too. My guilty pleasure is macaroni & cheese loaf, but I do not put it in a sandwich - I slice off a chunk a few slices thick & eat it straight up. Also Brant olive & pimiento loaf.

Walmart will clear out its entire deli meat case when they get a new shipment in and put everything they have already, regardless of expiry, on yellow sticker for at least 1/3 off at regular intervals. My freezer is packed with sliced prepackaged deli meats right now.
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i just stick with pre-packaged Maple Leaf Natural Selections shaved turkey. It's not as thin as I would like, but the taste agrees with me.
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You first have to differentiate that all deli counters are not all the same. Good turnover is a good thing for deli counters. Packaged from same manufacturer,type meat are the same, the only difference is expiry.

The good thing about deli is you can order more variety and smaller qty, customize different thicknesses, and thus get more variety. They will also give you a taste/spice to try before you buy....pretty good to get 1 free slice when you buy 5 for example LoL.
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OP... If you've never had it, buy a jar of

Muffaletta olive spread/relish/salad to add to your sandwiches. It will make those sandwiches so much more tasty.

I recently bought a jar from Longo's that was recommended to me as really good.
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I've always been kind of intimidated by grocery store deli counters.
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slowtyper wrote: I've always been kind of intimidated by grocery store deli counters.
Don’t blame you. It’s the bane of all introverts.

This is largely why I avoid Starbucks. I feel like an idiot trying to decipher their menu. What she hell is a tall blonde?

I’ll try looking for that olive spread but it sounds very fancy to me. I doubt they carry them at my usual places but I’ll keep it in mind if I ever stop by one of the higher class stores. Would it be with fhe deli sections along with pate and then like?
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Supercooled wrote: Don’t blame you. It’s the bane of all introverts.

This is largely why I avoid Starbucks. I feel like an idiot trying to decipher their menu. What she hell is a tall blonde?

I’ll try looking for that olive spread but it sounds very fancy to me. I doubt they carry them at my usual places but I’ll keep it in mind if I ever stop by one of the higher class stores. Would it be with fhe deli sections along with pate and then like?
You could try a tapenade, which is typically crushed olives with capers and sundried tomatoes. Walmart carries a few brands - the Fiorfiore 1 bis only $1.67 this week https://www.walmart.ca/search?q=tapenade&c=10019
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Supercooled wrote: .... and your favourite.

First off, I'm pretty simple when it comes to deli meats. I don't do the crackers with cheese and mortidella or proscuito thing; just straight sandwiches for me, therefore I'm probably missing out on quite a lot of verities.

Anyway, is there a difference between the freshly cut ones from the packaged ones, in your opinion? Even before Covid, I preferred to buy the packaged.

My go-toes are Genoa salami or some kind of spicy salami / pepperoni thing. and roast beef from Pillars. They usually have a nice deal at Foodbasics for buy 3 get 1 free every few weeks. Throw that in a nice toasted roll, some havarti or provolone and it's heaven.
Buy a ham maker on amazon and make your own deli meat. Stupid easy, and even stupider cheap. You can flavour as desired and leave it plain. ITs how I roll.

https://www.amazon.ca/Ham-Maker-Stainle ... 6549&psc=1
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Supercooled wrote: Don’t blame you. It’s the bane of all introverts.

This is largely why I avoid Starbucks. I feel like an idiot trying to decipher their menu. What she hell is a tall blonde?

I’ll try looking for that olive spread but it sounds very fancy to me. I doubt they carry them at my usual places but I’ll keep it in mind if I ever stop by one of the higher class stores. Would it be with fhe deli sections along with pate and then like?
If you go to the European style deli's the deli counter is very busy and probably less intimidating as it's pretty bustling.

https://yummymarket.com/our-stores/

https://starskycanada.com/find-a-store/

https://www.coppas.com/my-store-2/

https://www.highlandfarms.ca/visit-us/

You should be able to find that olive spread at pretty much all regular grocery stores. The Aurora brand is very common.

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/aurora-mil ... 0199885708
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Supercooled wrote: Don’t blame you. It’s the bane of all introverts.

This is largely why I avoid Starbucks. I feel like an idiot trying to decipher their menu. What she hell is a tall blonde?

I’ll try looking for that olive spread but it sounds very fancy to me. I doubt they carry them at my usual places but I’ll keep it in mind if I ever stop by one of the higher class stores. Would it be with fhe deli sections along with pate and then like?
It's definitely awkward ordering a tall blonde from a tall blonde....
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No Frills wrote: Deli can shave the slices finer, which I like.
This. There are a few packaged shaved deli meats, but they're of very low quality.

lecale wrote: I think if you are getting stuff sliced at the deli counter & someone slices something at the end of its lifespan before your order, it introduces bacteria that makes your product spoil faster.
This is why it's important to visit a deli with high turnover.
I find the stuff in a package lasts longer which is important because I do not go through it that quickly.
This is also due to packaging. Packaged meats are sealed from oxygen which makes them last quite a bit longer than anything that isn't.
Opening a sealed package vs freshly sliced shouldn't have a significant difference in longevity.
restartRFD wrote: It's definitely awkward ordering a tall blonde from a tall blonde....
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pre-packed, its cheaper and usually lasts me a good 3-4 weeks
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