Old Style Pastrami

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Has anyone noticed that Pastrami has become lean over the last 10 years or so?  I miss the soft fatty part which used to make up a good pastrami sandwich.

Either that or people in the middle of the US are a bit too health conscious.
 
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KUAN       That's because it s not the real plate pastrami that was made yers ago. The stuff today like fake turkey breast is either pressed and formed or made from a bottom round  It is really chopped pastrami. .Even the old fashioned Jewish style pastrami has changed.
 
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When I can't fly 3000 miles for a Pastrami sandwich at Katz's.


I go over to the Oregon coast to see my buddy Chefbuba.


I agree, I don't see the Pastrami's of yesteryear! I remember buying a flat brisket with a peppered fat cap for my food service. It was great for the deli sands. It's wasn't so great on cleaning the slicer after slicing. The pastrami's I see now are made with top round, not real good.
 
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Can't speak much to pastrami perse, last place I was at trimmed all of the fat cap off of the brisket for our corned beef. Seemed like a waste as most of the seasoning absorbs there, probably could have been repurposed in some way for a good Ruben
 
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I make my own pastrami from brisket.  I trim some of the fat before brining.  I use the fat by rendering it in a low slow oven into a lard type fat and use it for cooking and basting.
 

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I go over to the Oregon coast to see my buddy Chefbuba.


I agree, I don't see the Pastrami's of yesteryear! I remember buying a flat brisket with a peppered fat cap for my food service. It was great for the deli sands. It's wasn't so great on cleaning the slicer after slicing. The pastrami's I see now are made with top round, not real good.
Is that really Chefbuba's pastrami?
 
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I definitely have pastrami on my to do list, probably in the early spring when the weather is a bit nicer. We got a huge storm today. May have to rethink smoking the piece of pork loin I cured for Canadian bacon [ brunch entry ]

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I think pastrami is overrated. 

I recently had some at the supposed best deli in Portland. Yuck. Stringy, chewy, fatty, and mostly flavorless. I had to swallow pieces whole for fear of having to yank out large chunks of half chewed meat out of my mouth at the table. That's even if I could actually bite a mouthful off without pulling the whole sandwich apart.  

Don't even get me started with corned beef. Ugh. 
 
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Looks like the chickens are standing around waiting for something to drip or fall from the tree!  Also, have Molly show you how to take a picture without your finger in front of the lens.

What are you doing with the heads? You should try some head cheese or watch this guy, he has some great videos.

 
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When I make it I like to make a sammich with about 75% meat from the flat and the rest from the deckle.  It can get a little bit too greasy for my taste otherwise.
 
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Looks like the chickens are standing around waiting for something to drip or fall from the tree!  Also, have Molly show you how to take a picture without your finger in front of the lens.

What are you doing with the heads? You should try some head cheese or watch this guy, he has some great videos.

To much work cleaning it. We give it away the Mexicans love it........
 
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Chef Bubba, you posted a commercial product, do you doctor it or make it from scratch? Completely agree with using the plate cut as a proper Pastrami. Seen restaurant's using peppered smoked brisket. Been scarce as of late as we've bought a business and have really delved into charcuterie and seacuterie. One of our specialties is an air dried pastrami that from all I've been able to find, no one has done before. As on homage to the home of pastrami (NY,NY) we call it "U235" "The New Manhattan Project".

 

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