Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat (Whole30 Paleo Keto) – a simple and savory recipe for making Homemade Turkey Deli Meat in the Instant Pot. So easy and budget friendly! Whole30, Paleo, and Keto friendly.
Make your Own Sandwich Meat at Home
All right folks, if you love a good kitchen hack that’s also a big money saver, this one’s for you! I am loving this new way to make my own sandwich meat right at home! Why bother, you ask? First of all, the ingredients in regular store bought sandwich meat can be less than desirable. Second, the price tag! A pound of deli meat runs anywhere from $5 (not so great ingredients) to$13 a pound (organic, nitrate-free). We love deli meat, especially for kid lunches, but I just can’t justify the price of a container of turkey sandwich meat that only lasts a couple of days!
The solution? Buy a frozen whole turkey breast and cook it in the Instant Pot! I season with a Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend, pop it in the IP with some water, and slice it up. Easy peasy lunch meat with better ingredients and a MUCH better price tag!
How to Slice Deli Meat without a Slicer
No, you don’t need to own a professional slicer machine in order to get thinly sliced deli meat! There’s an easy trick for slicing your deli meat and it involves simply chilling the meat first. After cooking and the turkey has cooled, place it into the refrigerator until it’s completely chilled (an hour or two.) Then slice the meat with a good, sharp knife while holding it with a pair of tongs. You should be able to achieve a pretty thin slice without it falling apart. Of course, thicker slices are great too – you decide!
Or, if you prefer to invest in a deli meat slicer, this is good one and reasonably priced.
Easy DIY Turkey Lunch Meat Variations
It’s so easy to change this recipe for different flavor profiles. In place of the Blackened Seasoning, try one of my other Homemade Seasoning Blends. I especially love the Cajun Blend and the All Purpose Salt Free Blend (if you’re limiting sodium) for seasoning the turkey breast. Even a simple mix of coarse ground pepper and kosher salt is excellent for great flavor in this turkey lunch meat.
Another tip: use chicken or veggie broth instead of water in the pot. This just gives an extra flavor boost to the turkey lunch meat.
I have yet to try this with other types of meat, but I’m sure the method would work just great with beef, pork, and chicken too!
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Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat (Whole30 Paleo Keto)
- 3 lb whole boneless, skinless turkey breast
- 2 tablespoons Homemade Blackened Seasoning see recipe below
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup water or broth
- COmbine blackened seasoning and salt in a small bowl. Rub all over the turkey breast.
- Pour the water in the bottom of your Instant Pot. Add the trivet to the pot and place the turkey breast on the trivet.
- Cook on Manual setting for 30 minutes. Allow natural release.
- Remove turkey breast and let cool. Place in the refrigerator to chill completely (for 1-2 hours.)
- Slice the turkey to desired thick/thinness.