Homemade Lunch meat

Let’s be honest, as a mom a sandwich is a cheap and quick lunch when you have multiple lunches to pack, but the health warnings are clear: processed meats have been linked to increased risk of cancers, diabetes and heart disease. A new statement from a World Health Organization research agency classified processed meat as carcinogenic. It also found that eating 50 grams daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

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Don’t shrug me off just yet, you can still have your lunch meat. It’s so easy to make using grass-fed meats that are free of hormones and antibiotics.

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When you make your own lunch meat at home you have control over the ingredients. You will never find these ingredients in your sliced turkey or roast beef.

  • Sodium nitrate/sodium nitrite: Increased risk of cancers, diabetes and heart disease

  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole): carcinogen and endocrine disruptor

  • BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): carcinogen and endocrine disruptor

  • Smoked/naturally smoked/smoke flavor: Could contain unlisted toxic chemicals that are carcinogenic. This list could contain up to 4,000 chemicals to make a flavor.

  • Corn syrup: Glucose-heavy, and too much sugar can lead to diabetes, heart disease, PCOS, and other health issues.

  • Aspartame: Possible health risks including delayed mental development,  seizures, and hyperactivity disorders

 I would say those are all good reasons to make your own lunch meat.

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Here’s how :

  1. Source pastured meat of your choice.

  2. Coat the outside with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and herbs

  3. Roast in a cast iron skillet or baking pan at 250 degrees for 3-4 hours.

  4. Let cool and slice or shave meat using a sharp knife or a meat slicer.

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