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Re-Heating Katz's Pastrami and Corned Beef?

We're having 20 pounds of deli meat from Katz's for a Superbowl Party and I would love recommendations as to how to reheat the pastrami and corned beef. We've ordered whole pastrami and corned beef that we will slice, (my husband has considerable expertise in that department), but we know they have to be steam heated. So, what to do? Keep them whole? Slice them first? Use the oven with a roasting pan full of boiling water? Stove top with a vegetable steamer? You get the gist. All advice welcome.

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  1. Probably best option, assuming you have the ability to, is to steam it whole and then slice it. If you have a big roasting pan and some sort of rack, I'd probably put that over a burner or two on the stove and add less than an inch of water and steam it whole covered with foil till warmed through. When I've reheated individual sandwiches I've used a colander/vegetable steamer over a pot of water and laid each slice facing the steam for a few minutes. It doesn't need that much time.

    Also, please don't ruin the pastrami but doing anything more than putting it on a slice of seedless rye (with or without mustard)

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    1. re: ESNY

      Wow, you've made an assumption that I don't know how to handle deli meat!!! Both my husband and I were born and raised in the Bronx, so I think we have our credentials pretty much intact.

      Thanks for the steaming advice. Whole is how they steam it at Katz's and cut it to order.

      1. re: Felixnot

        Since you bought 20 lbs of meat from Katz's I assumed you knew how to handle it. It was more just a general piece of advice for whoever might be out there reading this post. My opinion to all is save the mayo, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, etc. for boar's head cold cuts.

        1. re: ESNY

          Agreed. And everyone should save the White Bread, Whole Wheat, Ciabatta and any other bread for something else. Rye's the only way to go.

    2. Buy a Reynolds roaster bag for each meat, tie it up and poke a few holes, and then bake them in the oven at 250.

      1. lightly moisten a paper towel, put in the microwave wrapped around the meat on a paper plate it works perfectly well- we just did this for the Conf championship games worked perfect enjoy!

        1. KATZ'S USES A STEAM BOX. THATS THE ONLY WAY TO GO. STEAM SLOW AND STEADY

          1. disagree with Fal-Institutional steamboxes are very hard to dupe at home - the meat will get too wet or not hot enough-i ve trried the m wave and it was fine for me but who knows?

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            1. re: the save

              bTW KATZ'S SLICES BY HAND
              AND YOU CAN ALSO USE A CROCK POT OR DUTCH OVEN W A RACK IN IT.