Cold cuts are pre-cooked or cured meat or sausages that are sliced and usually served cold on sandwiches or on party trays.
Cold cuts also may be known by the following names:
- lunch meats
- luncheon meats
- sandwich meats
- cooked meats
- sliced meats
- cold meats
- deli meats
Cold cuts can be bought pre-sliced in vacuum packs at a supermarket or grocery store, or they can be purchased at a delicatessen or deli counter, where they might be sliced to order.
Most of the pre-sliced cold cuts that you buy from your grocery store are higher in fat, nitrates, and sodium than those that are sliced to order at the deli counter. That is because pre-sliced cold cuts requires more preservatives.
Many of the deli-style meats in the cold cut category include:
- corned beef
- roast beef
Some of these are traditionally high in fat. Therefore, as with other high-fat foods, manufacturers have found ways to offer lower-fat versions.
Enjoy some cold cuts to celebrate National Cold Cuts Day. A sandwich for lunch just might hit the spot!