The Differences Between High Quality and Cheap Deli Meats

In the first part of this series, we took a look at the differences between higher quality deli meats and more affordable versions. Many consumers don’t know the difference, and they don’t know what to look for when it comes to taste, texture, and other factors. More affordable versions of deli meats are acceptable in some situations, but if you want the best meats you’ll want to know how to choose them.

A taste test was performed by meat expert Eli Cairo and he was easily able to identify which meats were most expensive from two options. In part I of this series we explained how to choose higher quality salami and ham, and in this second part, we will do so with bologna, hot dogs, and prosciutto.

  • Bologna – Look for naturally colored meat. Bologna with no air bubbles may have been mass produced. Check that the bologna is not too rubbery and has a varied texture which means it has fewer fillers and is more natural.
  • Hot Dogs – When looking for hot dogs, check for a natural curve, casings, and knobs on the sides. Biting into a hot dog with casings will give you that classic snap, and higher quality hot dogs will plump up when you cook them. They shouldn’t taste too greasy.
  • Prosciutto – When looking at prosciutto, look for an even, dark, rich visual color which comes from a long curing process. Lots of marbling is also a sign of higher quality prosciutto and the taste should have flavor nuances, be moist, and not too chewy.

If you need help deciding which brand or type of meat is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask your local experts at R&R Quality Meats & Seafood. Check out our weekly specials or give us a call to find out what we’re featuring this week at 530-241-7770.

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