Review: Tofurky Deli Slices

When I find a food I really like, I tend to stick with it. Years ago, I discovered that I really like Tofurky brand Peppered Deli Slices, and that’s what I always put on my sandwiches. Last week when I went to the store to buy them, there were none on the shelf. Rather than despairing, I decided to take the opportunity to try some new flavors and review them for the blog.

Oven Roasted: This one is the “plain” flavor. It really is quite plain. It is very salty though, and there’s just not much other flavor besides the salt. It’s not bad, perfectly suitable for some low-intensity meaty sandwich slices.

Hickory Smoked: I almost couldn’t tell the difference between this flavor and the Oven Roasted. It’s maybe a little bit smokier, but not dramatically. The ingredients list is identical to the Oven Roasted.

Italian: The texture of the sun-dried tomatoes in the slices was so off-putting for me that I couldn’t really tell whether I otherwise enjoyed the flavor, unfortunately.

Bologna: These actually taste better than they smell, which was a relief once I put one in my mouth. I’d only ever eaten bologna a couple of times before I went vegan, and only vaguely remember what it tasted like, but this seems like a pretty close match to what I remember. I don’t love it and probably wouldn’t buy it again, but I wouldn’t turn down a sandwich with this on it if someone handed it to me.

Roast Beef: This one was probably the best of the bunch. It doesn’t really resemble what I remember of roast beef, but the flavor is still pretty tasty. I also probably wouldn’t buy this again, but I’d pick this over the bologna for sure.

Smoked Ham: This one was nearly inedible. I had to force myself to finish a single slice. I think it might actually taste like ham, which may have been why it was off-putting to me, but I can’t say for sure as I don’t actually remember having ever eaten ham in my life. If you like(d) ham and want to try this, let me know what you think!

In conclusion, the Peppered slices are still by far my favorite, and I hope they’re back in stock soon.

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