Q: Is the bologna all beef?
A: Yes, 100% beef.
Q: Does Athens’ Own raise the beef in the bologna?
A: No, we personally do not. We partner with our neighbors at the Red Bird Ranch, which raises the beef, then we work with a local meatpacking plant to process and prepare the bologna to our special recipe.
Q: Is there any MSG in the bologna?
A: No. There are nitrates added as a preservative, however, since the bologna is packaged as a trail food.
Q: How long will the bologna keep?
A: By law, we have to state that the bologna should be refrigerated. However, as it is made to be a survival food, it will last a long time hanging up in clean, dry air. If you refrigerate it, we recommend taking it out of the plastic bag it comes in and keeping it in the fabric wrapping in the refrigerator. This will reduce moisture on the bologna and lessen the chances of mold.
Q: I bought some bologna and it molded, is it bad now?
A: Not at all. The mold is a natural occurance, and we recommend using a soft wire brush and warm water to scrub off the mold, then hang the bologna to dry. After this, it should be good as new. Remember, we make it to be a very resilient and long-lasting food. If you have any further concern about mold or the aging process, feel free to contact us with your question and we will do our best to answer.
Q: How do you make the bologna?
A: You wouldn’t expect us to give away our secret recipes, would you? Basically, we take great local beef, add some spices and sugar, smoke it, and stuff it into natural linen cases.
Q: What is the difference between “bologna” and “salami”?
A: While there are technical definitions of both, we use the term “bologna” to refer to our regular beef sticks, and “salami” to refer to the cured version of those. We take the regular and hot bologna and cure them for at least an additional 4 weeks. This creates a tougher texture, more like beef jerky. It also concentrates the flavors a bit more, as it loses moisture in the process. This end product, we have taken to calling salami, mostly just for the purposes of communication clarity.
Q: Where can I buy Athens’ Own bologna?
A: The Bologna is available for purchase at the Athens’ Own booth at the Athens Farmers’ Market, and at Seaman’s grocery on Union Street in Athens. You can also order from our online store, at www.athensown.biz/store.
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