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Applegate Natural Deli Meats

Heather —  October 25, 2012

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I recently sampled Applegate natural deli meats through Moms Meet.  

 Ordinarily I really try to stick with purely organic meats, and I was familiar with Applegates organic line. I do feel that Applegate has an understanding of healthful practices I care about and I was interested in the lower price point, so I tried their Natural Roast Beef, Smoked Turkey and Roasted Turkey.

12574I was most impressed with the Roast Beef. I thought that was delicious. The meat had good flavor and texture and was sliced a bit thick compared to what I ask for at the deli (a more slivered cut), still for the roast beef I liked the thicker cut. One slice was perfect for a sandwich. The kids also loved the roast beef. It was moist, but not wet and had little fat.

With the Natural Honey and Maple Turkey, I liked the flavors very much, but I didn’t like the thickness of the slice. I really like turkey sliced very thin. The turkey texture seemed too moist for me and the one package had a vein running through it that ruined that package for me. I just pulled all that off and used the other half. Sometimes, that happens with deli meats, but I usually ask the slicer and if the meat is not nice, I’ll try a different one. I do think this was random, because another package I got was fine. Next time, I will check the packaging more thoroughly.

I also have purchased the pepperoni and I like that one very much. The flavor is good and the size is perfect to make a pizza or two.

The price point runs about $3.99 to 5.99 at my stores and I think these are a good buy for my family as I trust this brand more than others when it comes down to being free of nitrates, nitrites, and other artificial ingredients, and of course, without antibiotics.

My daughter and I love having lettuce wraps with Applegate Turkey slices, carrots and cheese, dipped in a bit of blue cheese dressing. I feel that a slice of deli meat is a great source of protein in the middle of the day for all of us.

In fact, one day, while running errands, we realized we had forgotten to eat. I was near our local coop store, so we ran in and grabbed a bag of Applegate roast beef and the kids and I ate that in the car. We felt much better and I was glad to have that healthy option for a quick bite.

Guess what? I get to offer a giveaway of Applegate product for two readers thanks to Applegate and Moms Meet!

To enter, visit www.applegate.com and then come back here and leave me a comment about something you learned on their site.

(The giveaway will end on October 31, 2012. Two commenters will be chosen via random.org, limited to U.S. residents only)

Find out more about Applegate online: www.applegate.com and www.facebook.com/applegatefarms

Curious about Moms Meet? Visit their website at www.greenmomsmeet.com

“I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.”

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If you know me personally or have read this blog for awhile, you may know that I absolutely love salty snacks. Homemade warm, soft bread, artisan crackers and cheese, pretzels…those are what I crave, not really sweets. Ahhhh.

When I first heard I should go gluten free, I was shocked. How could I survive? Not only was I used to getting nourishment from things that included wheat, but baked goods were also exactly what I always wanted to eat!

As you can imagine the first week was hard. Rocky.

After about a week, I didn’t crave these things so much, so that made my lifestyle change easier. But, whenever I saw or smelled homemade bread, or had appetizers, I missed my comfort foods so much!

One Saturday, my husband felt so bad for me that he went looking for a snack for me. He came home with some Crunchmaster Crackers. I was in heaven with those and some cheese. (I may have eaten a few too many).

The Multi-Grain Roasted Vegetable ones are my fav!

After that, I kept my eyes out for these again and purchased them a couple of times. I began to feed them to the family as well.

Recently, though, through a wonderful green moms site, (http://www.greenmomsmeet.com/), I got a chance to try out their brand new line of gluten free crackers, the Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers.

This line of crackers comes in Sea Salt, Cheese and Roasted Vegetable. I love these! These taste even better to me than the others. My family also really likes these…in fact, I had to hide two bags up in my closet to keep them from disappearing before the Holidays!

The crackers are really crunchy and as my son said “normal” Haha! While I think these are better than “normal” crackers because they are made so well and crisp and artisan looking, I’ll settle for normal if my kids are eating well!

All my family liked the Cheese best, then the Sea Salt, then the Roasted Vegetable. Although, I really liked the Roasted Vegetable type. This one is spicy and delicious, you really don’t need anything on it to make a tasty snack. The cheese was also yummy. I liked using the Sea Salt for appetizers.

So what’s in them? “a blend of pure, California brown rice, stone-ground corn, oat fiber, and a four seed blend.” They are oven-baked and are really a mix of East-West cooking, with Japanese rice baking techniques fused with American flavors.

Some facts:

  • Oven-baked, with a unique, crunchy texture
  • Wheat-free and certified gluten-free
  • 21g or more whole grains per serving
  • A good source of fiber
  • All natural
  • Free of saturated fat
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Delicious, with a great multi-grain taste

I brought these to a Holiday party because I got to eat them! Several people who were there and aren’t even gluten free also said they would be buying them as well.

I find these at my Martin’s (Giant) and I WISH my Costco carried them. They currently do not.

You can find these Crunchmaster Multi-Grain & Multi-Seed Crackers at major grocery stores nationwide including Safeway, Publix, Kroger, Shop Rite, Harris Teeter, Ralph’s, Giant, Stop & Shop, Wegman’s, and Meijer, as well as at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and select Costco stores (4.5 oz. for $2.50 to $3.99, 20 oz. for $7.48 to $7.59)

I do recommend these. A package of these and a block of cheese is a great bring along to any gathering.

I get to do a giveaway!!

Get this: A WHOLE Case (12 bags) of Crunchmaster White Cheddar Multi-Grain Crackers!!

To enter, see the rafflecopter!

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