UPDATE! Evin of Food Good, Laundry Bad is the winner! YAY! I hope you love your box of meat!
That’s me– looking super cool in my cheesemongering get-up. I learned so much about charcuterie while working at Murray’s Cheese, and even more about cheese of course. During the holiday chaos, I madly ran to the walk-in and fetched Columbus finocchionas and soppresattas and hoisted them onto the meat slicer. My arm would get sore from ballin’ New Yorkers demanding two pounds of thinly sliced Genoa salami. There were fun times behind the cheese counter (like waiting on celebrities and selecting cheeses for Martha Stewart), but I’m thankful to be the customer now. I often find myself buying Columbus products because they’re good value and taste great.
I was thrilled when Columbus offered to send me a sampler and sponsor a giveaway. They recently launched a new line of minimally processed, pre-sliced meats called Farm to Fork Naturals made from hogs and turkeys that have been raised with no antibiotics and 100% vegetarian feeds. The Farm to Fork Naturals line kicks off with three deli meat and four salame varieties. I’m usually suspicious of pre-sliced salami, but this product tastes just as good as meat straight from the deli (believe me, I snacked on tons of freshly cut salami behind that counter).
Farm to Fork Naturals has “no added nitrates or nitrites.” As someone who dabbles in homemade salami, I immediately inspected the ingredients. Like almost all other “uncured” meats, this new product line eschews sodium nitrate in favor of celery salt, which has naturally occurring nitrites. I’m personally ambivalent about nitrites– I eat them in any form without worries or guilt. There is NO safe way to make dry-cured sausage without nitrites in some form (and NEVER use celery salt to cure at home please!). If getting your meat preservatives from a more natural source puts your mind at ease, then the Farm to Fork naturals line is a fantastic alternative to other commercial salamis. I really can’t taste the difference.
Leave a comment on this post by this Sunday, January 27th, at 11:59pm CST. I’ll choose a winner at random and announce the results on Monday. This giveaway is only available to readers within the United States. The winner will receive a sampler box of the new Columbus Farm to Fork Naturals line, along with five $5 off coupons. Do it!
Disclaimer: Columbus sent me a sampler box to taste. They are also providing the giveaway prize free of charge.