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Jan 11, 2013 12:44 PM

Processed meat? What is it?

I recently saw some on-sale pre-sliced meat packets, a line of products by a company that packages at least half a dozen variations like "smoked ham" and "honey-roasted turkey." I bought a ham and turkey pack for some quick sandwiches. On trying them, I decided not to know in advance whether the product was ham or turkey. And it turns out: I couldn't tell! (I guessed wrong.)

I've since learned that "processing" means curing through salt, sugar and/or "chemical" means. Anyone know exactly what happens to makes ham and turkey hard to distinguish? (I do know that ham, in American common usage, is by definition cured in some way.)

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  1. Lots of salt and smoke flavoring.

      1. re: wyogal

        I got smoked turkey and smoked ham. Basically, the turkey came to look and taste like the thin-sliced ham. No discernible hint of turkey flavor!

        1. re: Bada Bing

          because of the smoke, if you try roasted turkey it will have a different taste.

          1. re: Bada Bing

            In my house we don't understand the appeal of turkey, so if your turkey tastes like ham, we would consider you to be lucky!

        2. I eat this stuff as a last resort when I want some lean protein and can't cook anything, as you say the taste is identical, I've always figured it must be due to the industrial cooking process, maybe they boil 5,000 pound vats of meat at a time. Whatever method they use it is something that destroys the flavor characteristics of the various meats.

          1. The processed meats that you describe are loaded with sodium, that's most likely why they taste similar.

            1. Processed meat? What is it?

              Flat hot dogs.

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