Let’s face it. Traditional lunch meat is full of preservatives and is not very healthy. Over the years, my family has eaten lunch meat less frequently because of health concerns. Instead, we opt for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or egg salad sandwiches, or I roast a whole chicken and take the meat off the bones and use it for sandwiches.
Helpfully, though, Aldi began selling Lunch Mate Never Any! lunch meats a few years ago. These lunch meats contain no nitrates, no nitrites, no antibiotics, no added hormones, no preservatives, and are casein free. The animals are not fed animal by-products and are vegetarian fed. The Never Any! line at Aldi also includes chicken breasts, whole chickens, and chicken sausages.
The Lunch Mate Never Any! lunch meats come in several varieties, including Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast, Uncured Black Forest Ham, and Uncured Honey Ham. They are sold in small boxes in the refrigerated section with all the other lunch meats and deli cheeses.
The cardboard boxes that contain the lunch meat packets are manufactured using 100% wind energy and are produced at a landfill-free company, where more than “99% of waste removed from the manufacturer is beneficially reused, recycled, reclaimed or converted to clean energy.”
The Never Any! lunch meat costs $3 and some change for one package at my local Aldi, and the packages are small, containing only about 3.5 servings, so this lunch meats costs more than regular lunch meat. However, it is worth it knowing my family is eating a healthier product. These meats are great on cold sandwiches with some mayo and sliced cheese, or tuck a few slices into a grilled cheese sandwich to kick it up a little.
Aldi’s Lunch Mate Never Any! lunch meats cost a little more than regular lunch meat, and there isn’t a lot of meat in each package, but the meats contain no nitrates or nitrites, no antibiotics, no added hormones, no animal by-products, no preservatives, and are casein free and vegetarian fed. If you are health-conscious, the trade-off may be worth the higher price. Highly recommended.