Dagwood, eat your heart out. March 3rd is National Cold Cuts Day. Call them lunch meats, deli meats, sandwich meats or cold cuts. Some like them thick, while others stack them mile high. Others still just like them with cheese and crackers. However you like them, National Cold Cuts Day was made for sandwich and snack makers.
There are the deli staples like the humble turkey and ham. Then there are the culinary delights like salami and prosciutto and flavors that require a more acquired taste like head cheese and braunschweiger. Whatever your taste, there is a cold cut for everyone.
Bologna is one of the most popular cold cuts in the United States due to a famous commercial. Named after the Italian city of the same name, bologna is similar to an Italian sausage called Mortadella.
Other popular cuts are chicken, roast beef, pastrami, corned beef and pepperoni.
- Cold cuts are sliced, precooked or cured meat, often sausages or meat loaves.
- Usually they are served on sandwiches or a platter with cheese and crackers.
- They are most commonly for sale vacuum-packed at the grocery store or sliced-to-order at the deli.
- Most pre-sliced cold cuts are higher in fat, nitrates, and sodium than those that are sliced to order.
- Cold cuts also may be known as lunch meats, luncheon meats, sandwich meats, cooked meats, sliced meats, cold meats and deli meats.
- The Spanish word for cold cut, fiambre, is used in Latin American street slang to refer to a dead body.
- In Guatemala, a cold cut is a traditional dish eaten in November. It is eaten the first and second day of the month to celebrate “El día de Todos los Santos” and “El día de Todos los Difuntos”. There are two types: red and white.
- Turkey pastrami and turkey salami are more healthful choices than beef varieties — and they have similar flavor.
- Most deli-style meats fall into the cold-cut category, including bologna, turkey, salami, pastrami, corned beef and roast beef. Some of these are traditionally high in fat. But as with other high-fat foods, manufacturers have found ways to offer lower-fat versions.
- Refrigerated sliced lunchmeats are a $3-billion industry.
- The Oscar Mayer brand name, now famous for its packaged meat products, was developed in 1929.
- The first canned ham was sold by the Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota in 1926.
- Sandwiches, a $121-billion market, are the most popular item eaten by Americans, according to food experts.