Applegate Farms Antibiotic-Free and Organic Deli Meats


Do you know how hard it is to find deli meat that is made without added nitrates and nitrites, AND comes from animals that aren’t administered hormones or antibiotics? Let me tell you, it is really hard. That is why I was elated to discover Applegate Farms. All of their deli meats (whether labeled as organic or “natural”) meet these criteria, and thankfully, they are all delicious.

My first discovery of Applegate Farms was when they appeared on sale at my local Wild Oats (now Whole Foods). These days, Whole Foods is still the easiest place to find their meats, but they are starting to pop up in other grocers, and you can purchase them online.

Admittedly, they do come at a price premium, but since we don’t use deli meat every day, and the quality is so much higher, I can justify the occasional purchase.

Most recently, I sampled three different varieties of their deli meat:

Applegate Farms Deli Meat

Antibiotic-Free Herbed Turkey – This twist on plain old turkey deli meat has a unique but delicious herb flavor that took my truly homemade sandwich (even the bread was baked from scratch) to another level. I loved that this meat wasn’t overly salty and had a nice clean taste. It was a 7-oz package, with each slice weighing in at 1 oz – making it really easy to portion, and the perfect thickness. Seriously, this turkey meat put those low quality brands to shame.

Ingredients: Turkey, Water, Sodium Lactate (From Beets), Salt, Carrageenan (From Seaweed), Pepper, Parsley, Onions, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme.

Applegate Farms Herbed Turkey Deli Meat


Organic Roasted Chicken – Once again, I loved the clean taste of this meat. It seemed just a touch sweeter and saltier than the Herbed Turkey, but still delicious and well balance in flavor nonetheless. Rather than 1-oz slices, this 7-oz package contained smaller, circular slices of the meat. My main complaint was that the slices were very hard to separate and tended to fall apart. This was a bit of problem in dividing it up to make sandwiches, so I spread the smaller pieces out onto some homemade spelt tortillas and made roll-ups out of them.

Organic Chicken Breast, Water, Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sodium Lactate (From Beets), Organic Honey, Salt, Organic Potato Starch, Carrageenan (From Seaweed).

Applegate Farms Organic Roasted Chicken Deli Meat


Antibiotic-Free Roast Beef – This product really goes the extra mile. Beef is notorious for coming from cows that were treated with hormones, but not this product. The livestock at Applegate Farms is not treated with hormones or antibiotics and is grass fed – whether or not it is labeled as organic!  Like the other two, this was a top quality meat and it tasted like it; perfect for a French dip, or served on toasted sourdough with lettuce and tomatoes (as we enjoyed it). Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture for this meal!

Ingredients: Beef, Water, Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sodium Lactate (From Beets), Salt, Coated With Salt And Pepper.


This is a third party review by Alisa Fleming, author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide & Cookbook. For more information on this product, or to purchase their deli meats, see the Applegate Farms Website.

Applegate Farms Organic Roasted Chicken Deli Meat

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. This is my favorite lunch meat turkey! Love all the flavors, but the herb turkey is my top pick! Love that it’s Organic!

  2. We are big fans of Applegate turkey. It’s the one deli meat I feel comfortable and completely safe giving my toddler. And she loves it! A staple in our house, for sure.

  3. Vickie Mason on

    While in NC, I tried Applegate Turkey and Chicken Deli Meats. They are delicious and are nitrate free and dairy free and free of all the other preservatives in most other deli meat, that I cannot tolerate. I only wish I could find Applegate in my area.

  4. Eat only nitrate free beef hot dogs mostly Applegate, also Deli Turkey. Love nitrate free available by you.

  5. Christy Garrisi on

    Our family really enjoys these hot dogs! My kids have some food allergies and these are the perfect substitution for the cheap ones. An added plus is that they taste way better! To top it all off they are free of the hormones and nitrites. Thank you, Applegate!

  6. Jennifer Arbach on

    We love Applegate uncured beef hot dogs as well as the cold cuts! Delicious and worry-free. Thanks for caring so much about food and providing alternatives to commercially prepared products.

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