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Processed meat? What is it?

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Processed meat? What is it?

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Bada Bing | | Jan 11, 2013 12:44 PM

I recently saw some on-sale pre-sliced meat packets, a line of products by a company that packages at least half a dozen variations like "smoked ham" and "honey-roasted turkey." I bought a ham and turkey pack for some quick sandwiches. On trying them, I decided not to know in advance whether the product was ham or turkey. And it turns out: I couldn't tell! (I guessed wrong.)

I've since learned that "processing" means curing through salt, sugar and/or "chemical" means. Anyone know exactly what happens to makes ham and turkey hard to distinguish? (I do know that ham, in American common usage, is by definition cured in some way.)

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