March 3rd is National Cold Cuts Day.
Cold cuts are precooked or cured meat that is thinly sliced and served cold. They are usually stuffed in sandwiches or placed on party trays. They can be purchased pre-sliced vacuum sealed packs or cut to order at the local deli.
Most pre-sliced cold cuts are higher in fat, nitrates, and sodium than those that are sliced to order. The CDC advises that people over 50 reheat cold cuts to “steaming hot”, 165 °F (73.9 °C), and use within four days.
Other names for cold cuts include lunch meats or luncheon meats, sandwich meats, cooked meats, sliced meats, cold meats, and deli meats.
A great way to celebrate today is with a cold cut sandwich. Start with a fresh baked sandwich roll, add a variety of cold cuts, lettuce, tomato, and then a sprinkling of oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
What’s you favorite cold cut?
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