Originally posted by matilda
Originally posted by David_NYC
I usually buy my Taylor Ham in those 6 ounce presliced packages, and buy them when they are half price loss leaders at ShopRite, Acme and Pathmark supermarkets. I pay from $1.25 to $1.50 a package. From time to time, I do get a package that suffered temperature abuse. It is easy to spot; it smells like bolonga that has gone bad.
My taste buds show no similarity whatsoever with bologna from quality producers such as Karl Ehmer, Boar's Head, Thumann's and Dietz and Watson and with Taylor Ham that is fresh and has been kept refrigerated.
So, do you own a restaurant and feed the "off" products to your customers? Or, if not, since you know better, why would you buy "off" products and eat them yourself? Just curious.
After eating Taylor Pork Roll for 50 years (but I still call it Taylor Ham) I am so familiar with the product that I neglected to add a few details to my post that I should have. For reasons I stated earlier, I now buy the pork roll in the 6 ounce pre-sliced packages. Preferably when they are being sold for half price. The pork roll is packaged in some incredibly tough plastic film. You can't smell the product at the store, the plastic is that good. I do open the box and look at the product. I do that after having bought slimy, green, or grey pork roll. However, less severe forms of abuse only show up when you cut open the plastic film. I smell the pork roll before I fry it. It should have a clean smell. To my nose, spoiled pork roll smells like spoiled balogna. I don't eat it.
I made that observation after several people mentioned balogna. A first time customer may have got "past its prime" pork roll, and so compared it to balogna.
The reason I stopped buying sliced-to-order pork roll from supermarket service delis and from New York sandwich shops is because some places do not sell enough of it and/or do not properly wrap it in plastic film. To me, it then tastes like spoiled balogna. Or spoiled something. If you look at the photo of the box on page 4 of this thread, the ingredients of Taylor pork roll are listed. As you can see, it is a simple formulation and does not have some of the preservatives used by other manufacturers of meat products to make their product last practically forever. Taylor pork roll must be refrigerated, as compared to a lot of that sliced pizza pepperoni that is now shelf stable.
I would be interested in knowing the brand(s) of balogna that Matilda is familiar with. Who knows, I might like them!