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Aug 31, 2006 01:02 PM

source for basturma?

Does anyone know where I can find basturma (or pastirma, there are various spellings) in the Boston area? Would any of the grocers in Watertown carry it?

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  1. Most of the places in Watertown carry Basturma. I usually get mine at Sevan's. They carry a few different brands too.

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    1. re: Infomaniac

      Thank you very much! I'll be there anyway this weekend. Do you have a brand you prefer? I'd like something with a fair amount of fat on it.

      1. re: cheryl_h

        Can't recall the name, but it's made in upstate New York. two sticks in a vacum sealed pouch. If you ever feel like making your own I can post a recipe for you on Home Cooking. The fall is a perfect time of year to make it.

        1. re: Infomaniac

          Yes, please, I'd love to see a recipe. I've never tried doing this but I'm up for most things.

          1. re: cheryl_h

            I'll post my family's recipe this evening.

      2. re: Infomaniac

        Arax up Mt. Auburn also carries it. Picked up a dozen veggie grape leaves from Sevan last night to share at work today. Theirs are so moist, savory and wonderfully seasoned, including chopped pinenuts. Yum!

      3. Eastern Lamejun Bakery on Belmont St. also has basterma.

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        1. re: peregrine

          There is a Turkish store nearly across street from Super 88 in Allston that carries varieties that I have not seen in Arax and Sevan.

          1. re: VivreManger

            I just noticed that store when I was at Super 88 recently and thought I'd check it out next time I'm over there. What varieties of basturma do you like and what else do you like to get there?