Have you ever heard of the famous Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal? Or have you tried a smoked meat sandwich? Schwartz’s Deli is famous for their smoked meat sandwiches and Costco carries a version of their main ingredient so that you can try making your own sandwich at home. How does the Costco product compare to going to the real deli?
My dad grew up in Montreal and always talks about Schwartz’s Deli and the smoked meat sandwiches from there. I’ve never been to Montreal so thought I’d pick-up the Schwartz’s Smoked Meat from Costco to try and review today.
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Location in Store
You can find this in the refrigerated meat section near the sausages and bacon. The item number is 1012120.
Schwartz’s smoked meat tastes like a well-seasoned, slightly peppery ham. The flavor is fairly mild, but really tasty.
In a sandwich on rye bread with mustard, I find the mustard flavor overpowers the flavor of the meat a bit, though not in a bad way.
The heat of the mustard and the pepperiness/spiciness of the meat complement each other well. One pack makes a very meaty and satisfying sandwich, even on a fairly large pieces of rye bread.
The meat looks a little fatty in spots, but I didn’t notice this too much as I ate my sandwich. The texture is buttery soft but according to my dad this isn’t near as good as the real deal Schwartz’s Deli sandwiches you get in the restaurant.
The box comes with six 175 gram packages of vacuum sealed smoked meat and the cost is $22.99 Canadian.
The smoked meat is already fully cooked and there are two different methods on the box to heat your meat, boiling it or in in the microwave. We boiled ours which involves putting the pouch in a pot of boiling water and cooking it for 7 to 10 minutes.
The best before date is about a month and a half from the date the smoked meat was purchased from Costco. You can also freeze the smoked meat to make it last well past the best before date. I’m sure there’s many ways to use the smoked meat but I recommend trying it first on a sandwich!
One pouch of smoked meat is 280 calories, 13 grams of fat, five grams of carbohydrates, one gram of fibre, one gram of sugar, 36 grams of protein and 1010 mg of sodium! I used one pouch to make one very meaty sandwich so it was high in protein but unfortunately had tons of sodium!
The Schwartz’s Deli Smoked Meat from Costco is gluten-free and dairy-free. It contains soy and some preservatives like sodium nitrite. There’s lots of salt listed on the ingredients which is probably why it tastes so salty!
Give it a try!
If you’ve been to Schwartz’s Deli before and miss the smoked meat sandwich, this is similar but not quite as good. If you’ve never tried smoked meat before, this might be worth picking up to try!
Have you tried the Schwart’z Deli Smoked Meat from Costco? What did you think of it?
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