Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.
Historically, people secured food through two methods: hunting and gathering, and agriculture. Today, most of the food energy consumed by the world population is supplied by the food industry.
HoneyBaked Ham is a company started in 1957 by Harry J. Hoenselaar in Detroit, Michigan. In his basement, he developed a special way to cook, slice and glaze ham. Hoenselaar invented the spiral slicer and marketed his idea to various companies. When no company was interested enough in his spiral slicer, he decided to open his own ham store.
Hoenselaar died in 1974 from ALS and left his business in equal parts to each of his daughters. As of December 2010, there were over 40 corporate HoneyBaked Ham stores across the country, as well as some 400 franchise locations. The family run business is operated out of Loveland, Ohio.
Cold cuts are precooked or cured meat, often sausages or meat loaves, that are sliced and usually served cold on sandwiches or on party trays. They can be bought pre-sliced in vacuum packs at a supermarket or grocery store, or they can be purchased at a delicatessen or deli counter, where they might be sliced to order. Most pre-sliced cold cuts are higher in fat, nitrates, and sodium than those that are sliced to order, as a larger exposed surface requires stronger preservatives. In any case, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advises that those over 50 reheat cold cuts to "steaming hot" 165 °F (73.9 °C) and use them within four days.
Cold cuts also may be known as lunch meats, luncheon meats, sandwich meats, cooked meats, sliced meats, cold meats and deli meats. In Commonwealth countries and the U.K., luncheon meat refers specifically to products that can include mechanically reclaimed meat, and offal. In British English, the terms cold meats, cooked meats, or sliced meats are used instead.
A meat slicer, also called a slicing machine, deli slicer or simply a slicer, is a tool used in butcher shops and delicatessens to slice meats and cheeses. The first meat slicer was invented by Wilhelm van Berkel in Rotterdam in 1898. Older models of meat slicer may be operated by crank, while newer ones generally use an electric motor.
More recently, meat slicers have become available in the home market for people wanting to slice their own meats and cheeses.