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Lunch Mate Cooked Ham Review – An Aldi Branded Product

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Lunch Mate Cooked Ham ReviewI have reviewed quite a few products found at Aldi, a global grocery retailer that focuses on value-priced items.

They are able to achieve lower costs by largely staying away from big brand names, and instead, creating their own brands and contracting the manufacture and packaging of them to quality co-packers and producers.

This product is typically used for sandwiches and similar purposes and is thin-sliced in equally sized rectangles. It achieves this quality being sliced off a “loaf” of ham, which is created from mechanically separated pork parts, water and spices. An image of the ingredients appears below.

For this time, Aldi has turned to the ham manufacturing expertise of Plumrose, USA, a division of Europe’s largest pork processor, Denmark’s Danish Crown Company. In the U.S., both for it’s own label and other outlets, Plumrose produces bacon, ham, deli counter and canned meat items.

Last year, Plumrose USA was purchased by Brazilian food giant, JBS, the largest meat processor in the world, with 150 plants and 200,000 employees.  JBS owns several brands you are familiar with, including Swift & Company, which in turn has a couple dozen pork and beef brands,  and Pilgrim’s Pride Chickens. These hams are made at the Plumrose plant in Booneville, MS, 100 miles southeast of Memphis, TN.

Back to the subject.  This type of ham is created on a basis similar as to seen in this video:  trimmed pork is marinated, further chopped, pressed in to a shape for market, and then smoked.

The result is a flavorful ham product, and Aldi’s is as good as any lunch meat style ham, and of course, priced much less than big brands.  Structural integrity of texture is important to me, that it closely resembles the mastication experience of whole muscle meat, and this comes close enough.

 

Lunch Mate Cooked Ham Review

 

Lunch Mate Cooked Ham Review

 

Lunch Mate Cooked Ham Review

Plumrose Mississippi Plant

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Field Liverwurst Review

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Field Liverwurst ReviewMy mom used to make me braunschweiger and mustard sandwiches to tote to school on occasion. Braunschweiger is a Midwestern term for liverwurst, which in the south is also called “Kentucky Pate.”

The sandwiches were a respite from the steady diet of bologna, PB&J, and that crappy lunch meat that came in plastic packages, ham, turkey, roast beef, like 49 cents a package for paper thin slices, that all tasted the same, but were different colors. Don’t even think about getting me started when she went on the yogurt kick.

I pretty much thought all liverwurst was the same. Looks the same. Mostly packaged the same, so I’ve been buying whichever one is on sale.

This week it was “Field” Brand, made by Specialty Foods Group of Owensboro, KY. Think I have a new favorite. First two  ingredients on the package are pork liver and pork. Then comes the ‘contains less than 2% listing’….perfectly acceptable. Liverwurst is occasionally smoked, and is stuffed into natural or artificial casings.

Liverwurst is kind of like a pate, but a little less spreadable. I generally slice it off, still in the wrapper to keep its shape, peel the wrappers, and place circles of the spread between two slices of (still) white bread. Yellow mustard rules. Sometimes sliced raw onion. It does have a distinctly liver taste, but not like the pukey liver and onions stuff, more like chopped chicken liver at a top-notch Jewish deli.

In any regards, it’s one of my occasional comfort foods.

Specialty Foods is a conglomeration of different brands, some dating back one hundred years or more. Field is one of them, as are Kentucky Legend, and Chicago’s Scott Petersen.

They apparently sell a lot of hams, and if you’re not planning on being on the turkey hotline during the holidays, Specialty has a ham hotline to answer every single question you have about preparing and serving ham, including recipes for leftovers.

Field Liverwurst ReviewCheck out where to buy their products with their locator.

SFG’s plant is USDA facility # M7467-P7467 and is located at 6 Dublin Lane in Owensboro. Pix below.  In the mood to purchase some other meats?  Burgers, dogs, or pizza?  Go. Buy.

 

Field Liverwurst Review

SFG Plant, Owensboro, KY

 

Field Liverwurst Reivew

SFG Plant, Owensboro, KY Aerial View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Liverwurst Review

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