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Can you freeze deli meats/cold cuts?


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Can you freeze deli meats/cold cuts?

PaulF | | Sep 26, 2011 12:49 PM

Here is the deal:

My son likes to bring his lunch to school, which is good because his friends all eat the school lunch and it's pretty crappy -- greasy and unhealthy.

However, he's tired of the salami and other lunch meats I get at the local Italian deli. (I live in Culver City California, so if anyone from L.A. is reading this, I go to Sorrento's.) There is nothing wrong with the cold cuts I've been buying him, he's just tired of them.

So, he sent me to the local "Jewish" deli (Roll and Rye, if you're playing at home) for cold cuts. Which, by the way, is way more expensive, but not as expensive as giving him money for lunch every day.

But, wait for it, my mom lives out in "the Valley" and can get him deli meats there (from Brent's -- arguably the best deli around town, YMMV). This would be great for two reasons, one is that their corned beef and tongue and turkey are better, the other is that if Grandma springs for the lunch meats it's even cheaper than the Italian deli -- at least for me. The added bonus is that my mom loves to buy things for my kids and nothing would make her happier than to spring for the cold cuts. Plus, she'll figure out a way to get me to visit more often if she does. (Oy vey.)

So, how much corned beef, tongue and turkey can she buy me? It doesn't last forever in the fridge. Will it freeze well? If so, is there a best practice on wrapping it up so that it freezes better?