Yesterday I posted this picture (seen below) on Facebook of a 5 pound beef bottom roast that I cooked to use as lunch meat over the next few weeks. While I knew I would get a response from you, I wasn’t expecting the overwhelming response I received. Many of you asked for my recipe, so you could Save Money & Make Your Own Roast Beef Lunch Meat too!
Gluten & nitrate free lunch meat at our local grocery store is about $4.40 for an 8 ounce portion (and that’s for the cheaper brand). I purchased my 5 pound beef bottom roast for about $4.20 a pound, so I paid $21 for my roast vs. paying $44 for the same amount (5 pounds) of store bought lunch meat. Clearly, the savings is well worth it, and so is the taste. Homemade lunch meat tastes so much better than store bought, and even when you purchase gluten and nitrate free lunch meat it still will often contain “natural flavors”, added sugar, starches, and sometimes carrageenan.
This roast shown in my picture is not organic nor grass fed. I recommend buying organic and grass fed when you are able, but if your family is like ours, it’s rare when we can actually afford organic and grass fed. Meat here in Alaska can be very expensive and we are a one-income household, so I buy what we can afford.
Since I don’t have an electric meat slicer, my husband sliced the Black Pepper & Sea Salt Crusted Roast Beef Lunch Meat in thin slices. I prefer them as thin as he can possibly slice them. We portion the slices into plastic sandwich bags or these glass storage containers and freeze what we won’t consume right away. When I need more lunch meat I simply place a portion in the refrigerator to thaw overnight, or defrost it in my microwave for immediate use. It’s very convenient!
Don’t let the “lunch meat” title in this recipe fool you. This roast produces tender slices of juicy beef, that would be perfect for Christmas or Easter dinner. And if you’re looking for something even more fancy, try my Garlic & Herb Crusted Beef Roast with Red Wine Gravy. That gravy is killer, especially when served with Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives. I guarantee no vampires will show up for that dinner party! ;)
All my love,
Megan (with a long E)