Make Your Own Deli Meat in the Slowcooker

Make this yummy turkey breast in your crock pot for sandwiches instead of buying deli meat.

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We love to make sandwiches. Every time I go to the grocery store and hit the deli counter I look at that log of something they call turkey and think, “I’ve never had a turkey breast that looked like that and came from nature!”  I have started trying to make “real food” and ditch the over processed stuff so we can cut down on salt in our diets. I’m going to show you how to easily make your own deli meat in the slow cooker. 

Make your own deli meat in your slowcooker by making this  easy turkey breast

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 There are 1050 mg of sodium in 3 slices of deli turkey that means you can only have 800 more mg for the entire day if you have that deli sandwich. That is crazy! Why not made a real turkey breast in your crock pot, cut down on the sodium and have a better lunch.

We all know the best sandwich is right after thanksgiving, right? This recipe is so easy you can make one turkey breast a week and have a healthy sandwich at the ready. Even better you can cook in your slow cooker or in my favorite the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System so you don’t have to baby sit it. The fun part is that you can play around with the herbs and citrus to make it a little different every week. It’s juicy and flavorful and with good bread and mayonnaise it’s the perfect sandwich.

Ditch the grocery store deli meat and make this easy turkey breast in your slow cooker

Make Your Own Deli Meat in the Slow cooker
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Slow cooked Turkey Breast makes the perfect sandwich and saves on all those chemicals.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
  • 1 turkey breast
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken stock or water
  • 2 stalks Rosemary
  • 1 onion cut in ringed slices
  • 1 lemon, lime, or orange
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted stick butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper.
  1. Pour chicken stock into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place in 2 stalks of rosemary and place onion slices along bottom.
  3. Cut citrus fruit into fourths and put inside of turkey breast.
  4. Place Breast into slow cooker.
  5. Cut 2 tablespoons of butter into 4 slices and put under the skin of the turkey breast.
  6. Season top with salt and pepper.
  7. Cook on low for 6 hours.

I mentioned earlier I use the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System  it’s my favorite over Crock pot and Hamilton Beach. It get’s the breast evenly cooked all around and doesn’t dry it out,  so if you are looking to buy a new slow cooker you should check it out!

Ditch the deli meat and make this easy turkey breast in your slow cooker

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  1. says

    Great post! I would never have thought to make my own deli turkey (and am scared about the sodium in the deli turkey at the store- yikes!). I’m definitely going to give this one a try!

  2. says

    YAY! I have a turkey breast in the freezer and am going to try this. Awesome hint and help. Thanks much.

  3. says

    This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

  4. Denis says

    Chicken stalk? I think you mean chicken stock. I would hate to have to go stalking chickens! I mean seriously have you ever tried catching one of those things?

    • says

      Ha Ha thanks Denis for pointing out my typo, yes it’s stock. And yes I have tried catching one and it’s not easy LOL.

      • Denis says

        Glad you had luck catching chickens. I only get lucky that way when I hit the grocery store meat section. It usually helps when I wear a disguise, and look like a chicken. I get funny looks from people, but I get my chicken. They never see it coming! LOL As far as the typo goes, I pick those up so quickly when it is NOT my own writing, but when it is mine, I am oblivious to them!

        I LOVE your blog and am grateful for you being there with your great ideas.

        Thank you!

  5. says

    I love this idea!! Looks delicious too! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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