Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Answered

Preparation & Safety

Are your products ready to eat, or do they require cooking?

Please look at the package to determine if the product is fully cooked or fresh (uncooked).

All of our deli meat is fully cooked and ready to eat.

Fully cooked hot dogs and hams can be eaten right out of the package. However, we recommend heating them to fully enjoy their texture and flavor.

Fresh products require cooking before consumption. Please see the package for cooking instructions.

Our fresh sausage should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Our bacon smoked, but still requires cooking prior to eating.

All McKenzie hams are fully cooked, so all you need to do is heat and serve. Temperature and times vary by type and size of your ham. See product packaging for specific product cooking instruction.

Our products vary by category and you should always read the package and use by date or timeframe listed on the package. In general fresh (uncooked) products should be kept in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, and should always be consumed or frozen prior to the expiration date.

Our deli meat sold at your local retailer will be labeled with a best by date. Product should not be consumed past the date on the label.

Our franks are fully cooked and must be stored in the refrigerator and should be consumed prior to the expiration date or within 7 days after the product seal has been broken.

Frozen products should be stored in a freezer and consumed within 3 months after freezing to ensure the best flavor. Be sure to freeze the product prior to the expiration date.

Where to Buy

Where can I buy McKenzie products?

We are striving to bring our delicious deli meats and cheeses to your area. If you need help finding us, you can search for our products using our Where to Buy section.

You can check our where to buy section, however our primary area of distribution is Vermont and bordering towns.  Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, we do not ship our products as we cannot guarantee the condition upon arrival.  

If you are looking for our natural casing 2.5 lb. box of hot dogs we sell them through the Kayem Foods website here

We hope that you will have an opportunity to visit Vermont in the future and perhaps bring some McKenzie products home with you.

Company Info

What is the history of McKenzie?

Officially founded in 1907 however there’s more to the story.. read more here.

McKenzie is the last name of the founders of the brand.

McKenzie sales and distribution is located in Colchester, Vermont. Though McKenzie products are made in various facilities throughout the United States, the country traditions and flavor profiles are derived from our Vermont roots.

If you would like to speak to us, please feel free to call us at (888) 685.2686. You can also contact us through our website here. Contact Us

Ingredients & Nutrition

Do any of your products contain Finely Textured Lean Beef?

At McKenzie, we stand by the quality of our great-tasting products, which consumers have been enjoying for more than 100 years. Our formulas do not contain any fillers, by-products, ammonia hydroxide processed finely textured beef or MSG. McKenzie products are made in the USA by manufacturing plants that meet or exceed all USDA standards.

“All Natural” refers to products made without chemicals, food additives or refined ingredients. It is minimally processed and contains no artificial colors, fillers or by-products. We offer a full line of deli meats that are all natural, our most popular is our Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.

With growing concerns over the use of nitrates and nitrites, we have developed several items that have no nitrates or nitrites added. Our turkey breast, chicken breast, roast beef and cheeses are naturally nitrate and nitrite free and our uncured ham contains no nitrates or nitrites except those naturally occurring in celery salt.

Nitrates and nitrites are preservative used in many cured meats. Though they have received a lot of negative press due to tests that linked them to cancer in lab rats they are a USDA/FDA approved ingredients used as curing agents. Nitrites are designed to protect consumers from one of the deadliest foodborne diseases, botulism. Many uncured items are currently sold in the United States and the product is considered safe for consumption.

Many of our products do contain nitrates and nitrites, though it is something we are beginning to focus on removing from some of our product lines. See product details for more information on specific products.

Animals are traditionally given antibiotics, whether they need them or not, which can remain in the meat long after they are administered. ABF or anti-biotic free meat has never been given antibiotics. We offer antibiotic-free turkey breast & ham.

Gluten is a protein in all wheat, rye, barley and oat products. These ingredients are stated clearly on the ingredient label, and none are “hidden” within our “flavorings” classification. The only McKenzie products we produce that contain gluten are our Macaroni & Cheese loaf since macaroni contains gluten.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used to enhance flavor. None of our products contain MSG.

We have been producing these traditional Vermont franks for over a century using U.S. beef & pork and our farmhouse recipe. The natural casings give them a unique bite that delivers the flavor New Englanders have grown to love.

We list nutrition information with each of our products on our website – Otherwise please review the product package label for nutritional information.

Corporate Responsibility

How do you support your local communities?

At McKenzie we support and invest in the communities in which we operate, partnering with local suppliers, government and community groups.

McKenzie is the last name of the founders of the brand.

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