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.


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.


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.


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.