Freezing lunchmeat worked well

dances_in_gardenOctober 23, 2001

I buy a sub mix for DH's lunch. He only likes it once a week, but the package has enough for two days and it doesn't keep a whole week!

I decided to freeze half of the package (it has salami, pepperoni, and ham). I wrapped it well in waxed paper then in a baggie. Defrosted overnight in the fridge, and it seems to look and feel exactly like it does fresh from the package when I buy it. I am going to try it again with some smoked turkey. I buy it when it is on sale, but we don't eat it fast enough to "stock up".

Anyone else tried freezing lunchmeat and had good (or bad) experiences?

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I buy double packs of bologna when it goes on sale for my daughter's lunches and toss them in the freezer. It comes out perfectly fine all the time.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2001 at 6:07PM
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I make lunchmeat & cheese sandwiches and freeze them. They come out perfectly fine.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2001 at 9:05PM
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I also buy lunchmeat in the bulk pack at Sam's. I keep one pack in the fridge and everything else goes in the freezer. SLICED cheese (processed, not block) freezes well, too. Again, I buy the large pack at Sam's. I break it down into packs about the size of a regular pack of cheese and freeze the rest.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2001 at 12:18AM
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I buy corned beef, roast beef, salami and ham often and freeze it in plastic bags, thaw in fridge. Perfect always. I also have a deli slicer so I can buy black forest hams and slice them thin to freeze. Had bad luck freezing gouda cheese slices though, too mushy when thawed.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2001 at 9:33AM
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Block cheeses do not slice well after they have been frozen. However, they shred very well.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2001 at 9:51PM
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I'm not much for packaged lunch meat but my husband loves the stuff. I've frozen bologna, salami, boiled ham, turkey roll, olive loaf etc. I also freeze home baked meatloaf sliced thin. I lay the meatloaf slices out on a tray and pack them two to a baggie then bread bag the whole thing.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2001 at 9:34PM
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Are you only freezing the pre-packaged stuff, or are you freezing the fresh-sliced deli stuff? I prefer the meat from the deli counter (cheaper by the lb/oz and I prefer the taste) but I hate that it goes bad sometimes before I've used it up.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2001 at 11:03AM
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I have frozen fresh and pre-packaged. I usually get fresh too but sometimes buy the big vaccumm packed bags at Costco and they froze really well too.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2001 at 11:32AM
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