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Nov 26, 2013 09:01 AM

Why does my deli turkey meat look like a sieve?

I bought salami and prosciutto from the local Italian deli and while there I decided to buy roast turkey deli meat as well. When I got home, I took a peek mostly because I wanted a nibble and I've never seen deli turkey like it - it looks like mesh or a sieve with tiny holes throughout. Is this some form of turkey I've just never seen, if not what is going on?

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  1. Is all of it like that or just the top piece?

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    1. re: thymetobake

      I jut checked and it's all the slices. Here's a picture

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        Oh, that is just some super poor quality deli meat. It shouldn't look like that. If it's your regular brand, then they've definitely started cheaping out.

        1. re: Violatp

          Nope it's my first time buying, they have really high quality Italian salami so I thought I'd try the turkey, I guess that was a bad call.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            How much did you pay per pound? When it comes to deli turkey(unlike some other meats) that's usually an indication of what you'll wind up with.

            1. re: miss_belle

              It was $5.30/lb, which is nearly half the price of the usual that I buy but I always no salt added turkey meat. I can't remember the exact price of the regular roast turkey at the store I usual frequent but I think it's $6.50 to $7/lb. Blargh, I had sandwiches in mind today, I guess I need a new plan. It just looks so unappetizing.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I pay $7.99(high $ here)per pound for Sara Lee mesquite smoked turkey. It's the driest one I can find. The cheaper brands are way too slippery for me.

            2. re: fldhkybnva

              Sounds like the deli counter is offering up something cheap(er) for the sake of being able to, regardless of quality.

              Good quality deli turkey, while not looking like turkey off the bone, certainly does not look like it was extruded!

              I apologize for my use of the word extruded. I just yucked myself out!

              1. re: Violatp

                Haha, yes thanks for making it worse :)

          2. re: fldhkybnva

            Yuck, that's repulsive!
            I think it's minced and injected with a whole lot of water to get it to weigh more.

        2. It looks like it was brined/ injected. Usually a sign it's been pumped up with fluid and salt.

          scroll down to fig. 45, brine injector

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          1. re: weezieduzzit

            Yea, it remind some of standard deli meat but just really extreme. I know it's compressed and all that jazz usually but never witnessed the actual holes and evidence of the brine injection other than the usual wetness of regular sliced turkey.

            The injector looks just like it, thanks. I'm still grossed out.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              To me, it looks like there were pockets of fat or gelatin that was in the mix of minced turkey (probably gelatin) that then dissolved and leaked out when the turkey loaf was steamed/cooked.

              Brine injection is usually done to whole cuts. No need to inject something that has been chopped and formed since it can be just added to the mix. If you look at Fig. 61 in weezieduzzit's link, you'll see the two mortadella looking sausages have visible holes also.

              So although it's not the best looking lunch meat, there's nothing wrong with it.

              1. re: seamunky

                Thanks for the info, seamunky. I still wouldn't eat it, though, it looks like the texture would be unpleasant.

                1. re: weezieduzzit

                  It is! I have a high threshold for gross and this reminds me of brains. I'm just back from getting some legitimate turkey as if I won't be eating enough of it all week :)

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    Take 'er back and tell them to try it. :)

                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                      They also serve turkey sandwiches I'm wondering what's in that sandwich?

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        Oh, yes! I once ordered a turkey and avocado sandwich (to go) at a cafe. Got back to my office and the turkey was pretty much this same squishy stuff you have and the avocado was just the faintest smear of green on the top half of the roll.


          2. Looks like it is not solid breast meat but rather a formed meat product. That would explain the low price.

            1. I know we're not supposed to yuck someone's yum, but ewww.

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              1. re: pine time

                Yuck it! It's not my yum, not sure whose it would be

                  1. re: pine time

                    I forgot to add "I wouldn't been serve this to the cat." He's a hoover, but not sure he'd be interested. I'm just confused by the whole thing as in how could you slice this as a legitimate product, ick. At least I had a good laugh today.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      Heh - my cat won't eat subpar deli, either! She adores Krakus Polish ham and will beg incessantly for it if I'm eating some. A cheaper brand of deli ham? She turns up her little nose.

                      1. re: Violatp

                        My Chihuahua likes salty deli meats and bacon. It's a rare treat, because that much salt in a 3.5lb dog is not a good thing. He will turn up his nose at deli meats with that soggy, spongy texture. If he thinks it's evil, I'd really have to think twice before eating it myself.

                        1. re: Violatp

                          My cat glares at cat food these days. Darn spoiled thing gets lots of fresh meat so I guess he's decided the cat food is not good enough for him. Gotta love the Chow pets :)

                1. Sorry, but i'm not sure what part of the turkey is shaped like an oval loaf.....????

                  Looks like an enlarged chicken nugget. But sliced thin for sandwiches. And made from, "turkey".....