Simply Filling/Core - help with Ham slices ??

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11-05-2006, 01:43 PM
Hey guys!!

I am struggling with meat purchases and knowing what is good or not. I know that canadian bacon is core (but it can be SO EXPENSIVE!) - I found some breakfast ham slices - but they are cured with sugar. I am assuming that this would make them not core. However I also seem to think that trace amounts of sugar aren't supposed to be an issue. Example: Fat free mayo or miracle whip.

So is it a total no-no? Is it allowed? it's 95% fat free! I wanted to have some for b-fast. then for lunch - but avoided it both times until I find out if it's ok. I would guess if I were really worried I could rinse the slices really well and it should remove any trace amounts of sugar before cooking (since it's not a processed meat as such).

Any thoughts?!

Thank you!


11-05-2006, 01:47 PM
It's a Core food. Enjoy.


11-05-2006, 02:32 PM
Tina, it's Core as long as it a real ham slice and not processed.

11-05-2006, 04:46 PM
Thank you both very much!!

I have a question about ground beef. I know that we are supposed to use at least 93% lean beef - all of our stores carry 92% (doesnt that FIGURE!) - occassionally I'll get lucky and see 95% lean - but mostly 92 is what is available.

That said - do you think I should stress horribly over that 1%? I am wondering if I should play it by ear and if I don't lose point at that? When I use it for taco meat - and strain the meat for instance - I know a good portion of the fat is removed that way. I don't burgers a LOT - but when we do they are mostly grilled (not pan cooked)

It's going to be so much more doable using the 92% Lean beef - anyone else have this dilemma?

Thank you!!


11-05-2006, 04:52 PM
Tina, I can find 93 and 95%. Since you can't find anything better than 92% FF, I wouldn't fret. Just strain.

11-08-2006, 11:26 PM
a note on the ham---it cvant hurt to rinse it, i buy ham steaks and i always rinse first

11-09-2006, 10:52 PM
thanks guys! I did find 95% fat free at the store today - I am going to use it for some burgers - maybe tomorrow.