I've been looking around at several food blogs, for ideas and instructions on how to make your own lunch meats - to see if perhaps this is a feasible option. Right now, the cost of lunch meats at our grocery stores is through the roof. I am so tired of paying nearly $10 for a pound of Roast Beef lunch meat, or $6-$7 a pound for shaved ham or turkey. The first and perhaps simplest recipes I've seen so far are for beef lunch meat, made with top round roast. It seems pretty straightforward, but I am concerned how the end product will taste and how well it will hold up in the fridge without any preservatives. I'm also wondering if I could freeze the lunch meat that I don't use, or will it just turn it into a soggy mess when I thaw it? The Chicken and Turkey recipes seem a little trickier, since they are requiring the meat to be brined in most cases, plus, I am concerned about the meat shredding up when I try to slice it thin so I am assuming I may need a strong brine to really change the texture of the meat as well as an electric slicer, which I am willing to invest in. My big concern is, since I am not curing the meats in any way, will they become dried out in the fridge after a few days?