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Jewish Recipes --> Jewish and Israeli Foods --> What are Pastrami?

Pastrami is a popular deli meat made from beef (a form of corned beef). The uncooked meat is pickled in a brine solution, then smoked and typically encrusted with peppercorns. Pastrami is commonly eaten sliced as part of a sandwich.

As with corned beef, pastrami was created as a method for preserving meat from spoilage in an age before modern refrigeration methods. This technique is now unnecessary, but its unique flavor still attracts many aficionados worldwide.

The etymology is from Romanian Pastramă, probably from the verb "a păstra" (to preserve, to keep), being brought to the English language via Yiddish. The English ending "-mi" was influenced by salami. Another theory asserts that it is a variant of Turkish pastirma, or basturma, which is a middle eastern smoked meat, usually made of camel or cow meat.

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This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Bagels.