My wife did some grocery shopping Sunday morning and decided to surprise me by buying me some pickle loaf so I could make a sandwich for lunch. We ended up having pizza instead. But, I did end up making a sandwich last night.
At first, when I saw she had picked up pre-packaged pickle loaf from Oscar Mayer rather than from the deli, I did honestly feel a little disappointed. I have had pre-packaged brands before and have never really liked them as much as the deli brands. However, after trying it, I do have to say this pickle loaf did exceed my expectations a bit.
One of my biggest complaints about pre-packaged lunch meat is it tends to be very sweaty (almost slimy) when it comes out of that package. I’m not sure of the exact reason for this and it might even have something to do with how our grocery stores store the meat. But, it does end up making the meat a lot less appetizing than deli meat; which I think just looks, feels and tastes a whole lot fresher.
The Oscar Mayer pickle loaf did still have a bit of a sweaty feel to it. But, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the other brands I have purchased.
Another complaint I have about most brands of pre-packaged pickle loaf (and most other kinds of lunch meat) is the companies that package them seem to use an excess amount of salt. This might be so the meat lasts longer but it does affect the flavor quite a bit.
Once again, this was not an issue with the Oscar Mayer brand. The meat was slightly saltier than the pickle loaf I could buy from the deli at the same store. But, it wasn’t anything that I would consider over the top and it didn’t affect the flavor too much.
Even though I liked this brand better than most pre-packaged brands, there were some things about it I didn’t like. One of these was the lack of pickles (and pimentos) that were in the meat. There were some. But, I’m used to pickle loaf that has so many, they are falling off of the meat. This brand definitely didn’t fit that description.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of the thicker slices. This is just a matter of personal preference, but I prefer sandwich meat that is cut much thinner.
In other words, I do still prefer the deli version of this particular lunch meat. But, if I were looking to save money on a pre-packaged brand, I would definitely be willing to buy the Oscar Mayer brand again.