Review: Oscar Mayer Baked Cooked Ham

A Fewd Snob loves sandwiches.  I don’t care if I buy them out, if they are pre-made, or if I make them (which I hate doing because yes, I am THAT lazy!), but I love sandwiches.  I’ll even try gas station sandwiches (within some kind of reason, of course!)

Because of this sandwich fixation, I can stand at the deli counter and lunchmeat coolers at the grocery store for a long time.  And even when I am not buying lunchmeat, I usually walk through the aisle just to see if there is anything new.

Oscar Mayer is best known for its wieners (HA HA HO HO).  But they are pretty well known for lunchmeats too.  Oscar Mayer bologna is a classic.

I have often wondered about the different kinds of Oscar Mayer ham.  Most are of the “fake” variety.  By “fake,” I mean that most are chopped, pressed, minced, smashed, stepped on, and whatever else you can think of.  These are not slices of off-the-bone ham.

My expectations aren’t high here though, especially for packaged lunchmeats.  When I came across this package, I was intrigued because it looks like regular ham, or at least more like regular ham than the chopped variety does.  The package says, “Lean.”  It also says, “Water Added.”  Take from it what you will, because I have no idea.

The price for the package is about five bucks.  The package is 1 pound of meat.  The price isn’t terrible for a pound of ham.

IMG_2062You can see in the picture that it looks like real ham.  But the part that makes absolutely no sense to me is that each slice is a perfect square!  I mean, it must have been a pretty big pig to get slices this big, right?  I don’t know what is going on here, and I am not even sure what to think.

One thing that I REALLY didn’t like is that when the package is first opened (as with most Oscar Mayer meats, the package reseals) there is a sticky, fatty “ham” substance that is all around the part of the package that seals.  You can kind of see it in the pic above, but I cleared most of it away.  You don’t want a close up pic, trust me.

Considering I have eaten lunchmeat where the first ingredient is beef hearts, I guess I shouldn’t be too worried.

The flavor of the product is actually very good; it tastes like real ham.  There is no gristle to chew on.  It really is lean.  The slices are very thin.  In fact, through the package I would have thought the slices were much thicker.  I actually like this though because I like my meat sliced thin (put your dirty comment in here, folks!)  If you like thicker slices, just add a couple.

I made my test sandwich with plain white bread, mayo, and lettuce.  And really, it was a damn good ham sandwich.

But I still don’t know what is going on here.  I don’t know if I should eat this, or get ham sliced at the deli.

Still though, for five bucks you really can’t beat it.  I think it is a MUCH better option than the chopped ham.  Oscar Mayer is good meat for the money.  It is certainly not great.  But what does a Fewd Snob expect, after all?

Herman’s Thoughts:  I think this shit is cat food.  That is all.