After reading all of the replies, I think most will agree that the best way to do deli meat is to do it yourself with real chicken, turkey, etc. At the same time, make sure that your products aren't hormone fed or caged. You can successfully freeze in separate and multiple packaging in your freezer for months on end. Just do it yourself and avoid deli meats and especially ready made meat sliced packaging <<<< that's a real culprit. I don't wait for Thanksgiving to cook a turkey. I cook probably 3 a year, break them down and end up with a couple of months worth of turkey per turkey. You'll save tons of money this way and it'll always be there when you want it.