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Is it safe to eat the outside casing of deli meats?

Asked by talljasperman (19233 points ) May 28th, 2014

I bought 72 cheese frankfurters and, five rings of deli meat, and I find it easier on my stomach and teeth to eat them microwaved and peeled and the rings raw. Do you do the same?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

I don’t like them microwaved, but that’s a personal preference. I generally put my hot dogs or bratwurst or Polish sausage on the grill, or in the toaster oven for that grilled/charred taste.

And I generally don’t even notice that I’m eating the casing. Just use lots of mustard/

XOIIO's avatar

Well, if it wasn’t safe it wouldn’t be on the food without a bunch of warnings.

Also, 72 frankfurters? Sheesh.

gailcalled's avatar

What happened to your interest in eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains?

talljasperman's avatar

@gailcalled Saving money first. I bought oranges, nectarines, and bananas, chocolate milk and ice tea, and normal milk. It works buy saving money for food that I take with pills. I have half a pizza and some chicken wings. I just got paid so I tweaked what I wanted last month. I cancelled most of my cable channels and will save $150 a month. @XOIIO I bought the frank’s from Costco and It is a bulk food store It worked out to $1 a frank. I am asking to put this question in social.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Personally I find those big bulk stores to be a waste of time and money. They’re great if you have a large number of people to feed (like, say, the crew of a river barge hauling cargo up and down the waterways for 30 days at a time). But for myself? I don’t think I’d eat 72 frankfurters in a year.

XOIIO's avatar

@talljasperman Same even more by streaming whatever shows and movies you want lol

talljasperman's avatar

@XOIIO Then my new TV will be useless.

zenvelo's avatar

The casings on frankfurters are edible. The casings on other sausages not so much. It depends on what you bought. Some are made of plastic, others that are more like a mold should be peeled away and not eaten.

As a general guideline, eat it in the same manner that it would be served to you in a sandwich at a delicatessen.

XOIIO's avatar

@talljasperman If it has hdmi or another video input you could use it as a larger monitor, I’ll reply to your pm when I get back, I’m just headed out for a few minutes

gailcalled's avatar

Saving it for what?

gailcalled's avatar

If you’re ill from crappy food, why bother? How many times did you go outside and walk around for a bit this week? It is free.

ibstubro's avatar

I hope this question gets pushed to Social because I have to share the mental image that this question immediately brought to mind:

When I was a kid, one of our outdoor cats was running around with a red string/boloney slice casing hanging out of it’s butt. This presented a dilemma. Remove the string, and risk cutting kitty’s hole, or leave it and hope that nature takes it’s course.

That said, I would never eat the casing on deli-meat. It’s technically edible, but not meant to be ett.

If the franks say “natural casing” then the casing is generally hog intestine.
If you like them better peeled, peel them.

Try slicing the franks in ½, longways, and frying then on non-stick. If you have a toaster oven, broil some for the ‘outdoor cookout’ effect. You might need to switch it up a bit to get rid of that much meat before it spoils.

Don’t you have Aldi’s? A buck a frank sounds kind of extravagant to me?

talljasperman's avatar

@ibstubro 72 franks for $69 dollars… about 95 cents a frank. The are my favorite cheese filled and look more appetising than the superstore franks (that I bought one of to compare). Also I got a Hugh apple pie and a perfectly BBQ chicken that I put in the freezer just in case.

ibstubro's avatar

Well, if they’re a personal favorite, that’s another story, @talljasperman. Take a couple on a hike!

Goldarn. You meated out at the Costco. Perhaps there’s a lesson there about denying yourself and then shopping?

XOIIO's avatar

@ibstubro He just wants to roll around naked in a pile of cheese dogs XD

talljasperman's avatar

@XOIIO @ibstubro I always wanted enough food to not worry about starving or going without for a day or two. All of last month I enjoyed 2 packs of franks and cheese and I pined for 2 weeks that I should have purchased more.

hearkat's avatar

[Mod says] Moved to Social at OP’s request.

dxs's avatar

@talljasperman Look for coupons, too. Join mailing lists and look for them online. Ask around, too. I’ve found that bulk stores are nothing more than just that: buying things in bulk. You often get deals when you buy in bulk, but bulk stoers normalize buying bulk, which sucks.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@talljasperman Did you read the labels on that stuff? That is a serious amount of processed meats, probably one of the worst things to eat. It’s loaded with sodium, fat, and preservatives. Yes crappy food can be cheap, usually for a good reason. How much fat is in one of those dogs. I don’t even want to know about the other stuff. I’m guessing they all easily exceed your RDA, maybe several times over. If you want some help learning how to read the labels let me know.

dxs's avatar

@talljasperman I agree with @Adirondackwannabe. Watch out for saturated fats, sugar, cholesterol, and sodium. Preservatives aren’t as easy to catch, but be wary of those as well.

talljasperman's avatar

@dxs I prefer having bad food rather than starving. I’m working on not ordering out and saving money… I have some oranges and corn on the cob… every food I eat is bad for me. I’m sick of everyone without a nutrition degree saying that nothing is good for me… I don’t drink and smoke that should be good enough.

ibstubro's avatar

@talljasperman Another suggestion on getting a variety of low cost food is look for local food distributors and see if they have a retail store. I have 2 even here in Podunk. One I shop the clearance sections and regularly 5# bags of chopped lettuce for $1 and gallon containers of deli salad for $1–3. It’s either discontinued or food nearing expiration, but we can certainly eat $1 worth in a week.

The other store is almost all clearance. If they break a case, they just send the food to the store and mark if cheap. Fresh meats frozen and frozen meats can be cooked in quantity and re-frozen in meal-sized portions.

talljasperman's avatar

@ibstubro Fresh food goes bad too fast in my fridge… I like storing semi-perishable foods like whole BBQ chickens and keeping them in the freezer.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@talljasperman Screw it. I was just trying to help you out. Ignore your diet and it will bite you in the ass worse than alcohol or smoking.

ibstubro's avatar

Where are you storing all the by-meat products, @talljasperman? A decent fridge is essential to reasonable eating, even if it’s a 2nd hand dorm fridge (cube).

And, on second thought, I would not eat the casing on deli meats. My best buddy, Taffy the Cat, died because a string of plastic sawed a hole in his intestines.

@Adirondackwannabe down, boy! The 70’s were the epitome of drinking, smoking, processed meat products, and other chemical enhancements from DDT to LSD. Some of us are still kicking.

talljasperman's avatar

@ibstubro A full sized fridge. is just 8 packages of 9 franks each. I just ate an orange, I’m learning how to shop better.

dxs's avatar

@talljasperman Free yourself of excuses and try to give it another shot. If there’s something you know you won’t be able to keep long enough before eating in the fridge, freeze it.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@talljasperman

You’re probably not going to starve if you don’t buy humongous bulk packages of frankfurters. Just a thought.

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