Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use in sandwiches.
Cons: Not much flavor, wasteful packaging.
This will probably come as a huge surprise to you, but not every day is gourmet meal day at my house. Much of the time, in fact, Im too lazy to do anything that falls under cooking, or to combine more than three ingredients together into a final edible product. Those are the nights of Cereal for Dinner, or Dim Sum Leftovers (i.e., not enough of each kind for a full meal), or, yes, Lunch Meat Sandwich. Im sure the folks at Hillshire Farm would be proud to know that they are enabling my weeknight laziness.
I cant pretend that I have strong feelings for lunch meat I dont think anyone does. But I tend to buy Hillshire Farms because its inexpensive and it seems to be okay quality. Deli Select is thin-sliced lunch meat, and they have several different flavors, including a couple of kinds of turkey lunch meat, but they pretty much all taste the same to me. They certainly look the same, whatever type of animal they claim to have originally hailed from. Theres not much meaty texture its pretty processed, and bears the same resemblance to actual turkey meat that a Pringle does to a potato chip.
Their packaging isnt great its not very efficient. The outer wrapper is a cardboard sleeve, which serves no purpose, and inside that is a plastic bag. The cardboard sleeve immediately goes in the recycling, because it does nothing. The bag is actually kind of annoying, because it doesnt have a recloseable zip-lock slider, so you cant keep the meat in there it has to go inside your own larger zip-lock bag, or into a Tupperware-type container with a lid. Now that recloseable plastic bags are pretty much ubiquitous, it surprises me that they wont spring for the extra few cents needed to actually make the bag functional for the life of the product. As it is, you have to transfer it to your own container right away or risk it drying out and curling up at the edges yuck.
A 6 oz package costs around $2, and there are enough slices of meat in there for several sandwiches. Combined with some other toppings and a healthy wheat bread, you can actually make a pretty nutritious and good-tasting sandwich out of it, with minimal effort (yay!). A guy friend of mine also eats lunch meat straight out of the package as a snack, which seems gross to me, but I guess you could do that too. I dont love their lunch meat, but its a good thing to keep around in the fridge in case of meal emergencies, or when you just need something quick to eat to keep going.
This doesn't directly relate to their lunch meat, but this Hillshire Farms commercial, I think, clearly shows their enthusiasm for meaty lunches, and so I am including it for your edification: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HETAnq5s58g
Serving Size 6 slices (57g)
Servings Per Container about 2.5
Amount Per Serving
Calories From Fat 5
Total Fat 0.5g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars less than 1g
INGREDIENTS: turkey breast, water, modified corn starch, contains 2% or less of: turkey flavor (salt, maltodextrin, natural flavoring), salt, dextrose, carrageenan, sodium lactate, sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate, sodium nitrite.