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Apr 30, 2007 07:27 AM

What in the world is Beef Pastirma?

Anyone ever had it? What's it like? Where does it come from? Are there lots of versions?

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  1. It's a Turkish cured meat, similar to pastrami. In fact, I suspect it may have been the precursor of north American pastrami as we know it. When I had it in Turkey, I found it somewhat drier, and more intensely salty. I don't remember it as being smoky - just cured.

    1. I believe you mean "basterma" which is Armenian dried beef.

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