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how to make deli-style lunchmeat

a recipe by
Lauren Conforti

This is so easy and is much cheaper than paying the high prices at the local deli. You will need a good meat slicer, cheese cloth (or rolled gauze) and rubber bands. This method compacts the meat as it cools down and makes it more dense for optimal slicing... just like you get in the deli! And it's healthier, since there are no added fillers, nitrates, etc. that deli meats can have. It's your cooking and you know what's in it.

method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For how to make deli-style lunchmeat

  • good sized solid piece of meat of choice (turkey, ham, corned beef, etc.)
  • cheese cloth (or you can use rolled gauze)
  • rubber bands (not the real thin ones)

How To Make how to make deli-style lunchmeat

  • 1
    * This needs to be done as soon as the meat is finished cooking, while still rather hot.
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    Take the whole hunk of meat and wrap it tightly in the cheese cloth (or gauze), wrapping first in one direction, then in the other direction.
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    Keep the cloth in place with the rubber bands, doubling the bands if needed to hold it firmly. Place several bands down the length of the meat, then again crosswise.
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    Place on a plate and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
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    Remove from the refrigerator and unwrap. Slice very thin on a good meat slicer.
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