I strongly believe the sliminess of otherwise healthful sliced luncheon meats results from water added during processing. The food processor/manufacturer endeavors to inject as much water in the product as possible ... because selling water to their customers adds to their bottom line, and quite nicely.
Here's some info, to consider when looking for sources of this type of slime:
- Fat: 1 gram = 9 calories
- Protein: 1 gram = 4 calories
- Carbohydrates: 1 gram = 4 calories
Armed with the data above, you can start to interpret the label on the product. Here's a link to the label for the Dietz and Watson chicken:
Here's the ingredients from the linked page (as I write this, 10 June 2016):
Chicken Breast, Water, Honey, Contains Less Than 1.5% Salt, Isolated
Soy Protein, Sugar, Nonfat Dry Milk, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium
Chloride. Coated With Sugar, Tomato Powder, Paprika, Dextrose, Salt,
Onion and Garlic Powder, Vinegar Solids, Maltodextrin, Spice
Extractives, Grill Flavor (From Vegetable Oil), Modified Corn Starch,
Corn Syrup Solids, Browned In Canola Oil.
Note that chicken breast (which in its natural and cooked state contains a significant proportion of water) makes up at least 50% of the product. Added water is the next ingredient, and most certainly comprises 45% or more of the product.
Getting back to the label, lets do some calculating. From the label, each 56-gram portion has approximately 3/4 gram of salt ... salt water is 'injected' (likely vacuum aspirated) into the chicken during processing.
This leaves 55.25 grams for the serving. (Italicized entries are running subtotals of the weight.)
From the label, each 55.25-gram serving has roughly 2.0 grams of fat, or 8 calories (2 grams * 9 cal/gram). Running calorie subtotal: 18.
This leaves 53.25 grams of the serving, which is comprised of carbohydrates, protein, and water.
From the label, each 53.25-gram serving has roughly 2.0 grams of carbohydrates (sugar), or 8 calories (2 grams * 4 cal/gram). Running calorie subtotal: 26.
This leaves 51.25 grams of the serving, which is comprised of protein and water.
From the label, each serving contains 12.0 grams of protein. Calories from carbohydrates equals 48 (12 * 4). , subtotal 76). Running calorie subtotal: 74. (This is close to the value on the label; authorized trickery ensures that the numbers from the components rarely exactly equals the number announced for the food product).
This leaves 39.25 grams of the serving, which is almost totally water ... a portion of which is integral to the meat (otherwise its texture would be jerky, or worse).
The label relates that at least 28 grams of the product is chicken; this 28 grams includes the water that is naturally integral to the meat.
Guessing here, but each serving of this sliced chicken breast is no less than 1/3 added water, which begins to 'shed' once the packaging is opened. (Some of the processors call this a broth, a marinade, or similar marketing term. It's added salt water. Period.) The 'manufacturers' of such foodstuffs introduce as much extra water into the product as they can ... because their profit is greater, the more water they sell the customer.
You can get rid of the excess water fairly easy be placing the lunch meat between layers of paper towels, and microwaving for a short time.
Or buy better quality meat, than the prepackaged crap at the chain grocery stores. Hillshire Farms are the worst offenders with respect to slimy sliced luncheon meats. The Dietz and Watson freshly sliced meats (from the service deli/butcher counter) have less injected water than their sliced/packaged products.