Deli meats typically include processed meat that offers convenience when entertaining or for simple ‘Picky tea’ buffet style meals. They include meats such as chorizo, salami, prosciutto and pepperoni. They contain saturated fat so it is recommended that consumption is kept to a minimum.
How to store
How to store fresh deli meats
Store deli meats in an airtight container in the fridge.
Freezing deli meats
Fresh and cooked deli meat can be frozen. It's best to eat frozen food within 3 - 6 months.
Storing cooked deli meat
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days or in the freezer for 3 - 6 months.
Deli meats Top tips
How to freeze and defrost
To freeze: Slice and separate cooked meats with greaseproof paper before freezing. They can then be defrosted as needed.
To defrost: When you take food/ drink out of the freezer, it’s important to defrost it safely. Don’t defrost at room temperature. Ideally, defrost fully in the fridge and use within 24 hours. Always check the on-pack guidance.
Be fabulous with leftovers
Add leftover meats to pizza or creamy pasta dishes, like carbonara.
Buy the right pack size for your needs. Think about whether you’ll get through the whole pack before the use by date and how long you have to use the food once the pack has been opened. If you’re not going to eat it all in time, freeze some for later.
Use our portion calculator for a quick and simple way to check how much of this food to serve at mealtimes.
Valuing your Deli meats beyond the price tag
Goodness in food
Your food is more than its shape, colour and price. Your food has an important role to play to help keep you healthy and with enough energy to live your life how you wish to.
- A source of protein which is needed for growth and repair of body tissues and is especially important for healthy muscles and bones.
- Many are high in saturated fats which can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood. This could increase your risk of developing heart disease.
By the time your food arrives in your home, it’s already been on quite a journey starting with how it’s made or grown and how your food reaches the supermarket.
So please help our food to finish its story in the most sustainable way, ensuring the planet’s resources that’s already used are put to good use. Take care of your food when it’s in your home and ensure every edible morsel is eaten - and that your food doesn’t end up in the bin!