Reducing the salt and nitrates in lunch meat, Spam, and hams

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Reducing the salt and nitrates in lunch meat, Spam, and hams

Have you ever taken a bite out of a sandwich and cringed because the meat was just too salty? Today, I will walk you through a few simple steps on how to reduce the salt from processed meat. This simple and effective process works on sliced lunchmeat, Spam, Treet, and any other type of salt cured ham.

First, take the meat out of the plastic, or container. If the meat needs to be sliced, do that now, and slice it thin.

Now, fill a pan one quarter of an inch deep with ice cold water. Transfer a few slices of the meat to the pan. Allow the meat slices to sit in the water for five minutes (without heating). Then take the meat out and drain it on a layer of paper towels; pour the water out of the pan.

Fill the pan up, once again, one quarter of an inch with ice cold water and place the meat back into the pan. This time, bring the water to a boil on medium heat. Allowing the slices to remain in the boiling water for (only) one minute.

Take the slices of meat out of the water, and place them on paper towels. Take another paper towel and pat the slices dry.

Repeat the process for the amount of meat that you need to reduce the salt from.

This method works on pre-sliced lunchmeat, all canned meats, such as Spam, and it also works on any type of salt cured ham. Just make sure to slice the meat as thin as possible and don't allow the meat to stay in the pan of water longer than the time that I mentioned, because the meat will become waterlogged, ruining the meat's texture.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gin Lee is a native of Arkansas. She studied at The Institute Of Children's Literature. She is an animal rescuer, food critic, organic gardener, food editor, home cook, food blogger, artist, and a complete do-it-yourselfer. Gin Lee is a published author, journalist, and contributor, among other works, and she resides in a rural town, in Arkansas, with her husband, their fur babies, Highway, Princess, Stinkpot the turtle. A huge thanks goes out to all for reading, following, and sharing Gin Lee's articles! Thank you! Since Gin Lee lives in a rural area, there's not much local news to cover. So, she covers articles of interest on how-to's about organic gardening, recipes, homesteading, and survival techniques. If those things are of interest to you, then you'll never (hopefully) be disappointed. She tries to cover a wide variety of articles to entertain everyone. Comments are turned off due to rudeness and hatefulness. The world has enough vulgarity, hatefulness, and arrogance without it having any help. Since having the simple courtesy of manners is lacking and sharing words of kindness does not abide in a few people. Those few people ruin what's supposed to be educational and an enjoyable experience for all others. Gin Lee does have children and young adults that are followers. Potty mouths, vulgarity, and hate are not acceptable. Apologies go out to those of you who generally are very sweet and also to Gin Lee's followers who have been a witness to others being rude and malicious. Hopefully, you'll be understanding of the measures that have to be put into place. Please be kind to one another.

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