How to make your own luncheon meat?

September 19, 2020

Making your own luncheon meat can be a rewarding culinary endeavor. Here's a simple recipe to guide you through the process:


  • 1 pound (450g) ground pork or a combination of pork and other meats like chicken or beef
  • 1/4 cup ice-cold water
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink curing salt (optional, for color preservation)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, powdered milk, salt, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and pink curing salt (if using). Mix well to ensure even distribution of the seasonings.
  2. Gradually add the ice-cold water while continuously mixing the meat mixture. The water helps in binding the ingredients and achieving a smooth texture.
  3. Once the mixture is well combined, transfer it to a food processor. Process the mixture until it turns into a smooth paste-like consistency. This step helps emulsify the meat and improve the texture of the luncheon meat.
  4. Prepare a rectangular or loaf-shaped mold and line it with plastic wrap. This will help in easy removal of the luncheon meat once it's cooked.
  5. Transfer the processed meat mixture into the mold, packing it tightly and smoothing the surface. Make sure there are no air pockets.
  6. Place the mold in a steamer or a pot with a steaming rack. Steam the luncheon meat over medium heat for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).
  7. Once cooked, remove the luncheon meat from the mold and let it cool completely. You can refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight to further set and enhance the flavor.
  8. Once cooled and set, the luncheon meat is ready to be sliced and enjoyed. It can be pan-fried, used in sandwiches, or added to various recipes.

Note: It's important to handle and cook the luncheon meat safely, ensuring that it reaches the recommended internal temperature to prevent the risk of foodborne illnesses.

By making your own luncheon meat, you have the flexibility to customize the seasonings and control the quality of ingredients used. Enjoy the process of creating your own flavorful luncheon meat!

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