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    Armenian Basterma (Dried Cured Beef)

    Armenian Basterma (Dried Cured Beef). Photo by Mark Marcarian

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    792 hrs

    72 hrs

    720 hrs

    Mark Marcarian's Note:

    This is Armenian cured spiced beef. It is a wonderful, spicy beef jerky. Serve with Pita bread and Armenian string cheese. Heaven. You must serve this very thinly sliced as humanly possible. It is a rare delicacy.

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    Serves: 12



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    • 1 slice beef (about 2 lbs.)
    • 1/4 cup bagged granulated salt

    Chairnen mixture


    1. 1
      Select very tender cut of beef from rib part, about one and a half inch thick, any length you desire (approx. 8").
    2. 2
      Insert heavy string through one end and make a loop.
    3. 3
      Rub meat with salt and let stand in refrigerator for 3 days placing a heavy item on top and turn once a day.
    4. 4
      Wash meat well with cold water and leave in clear water for one hour.
    5. 5
      Then drain and press between towels to remove moisture.
    6. 6
      Continue until meat is quite dry.
    7. 7
      Hang in cool airy place to dry about two weeks.
    8. 8
      Combine all above ingredients to make the Chairnen.
    9. 9
      Add water a little at a time to make thick paste.
    10. 10
      Soak meat in it for 2 weeks.
    11. 11
      Hang in airy place for 2 more weeks.
    12. 12
      May be used immediately, refrigerated, or frozen.
    13. 13
      NOTE: A cheese cloth casing may be used to slip meat into before hanging.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 15, 2014

      Dear Mr. Marcarian,<br/>I believe you have forgotten a very important ingredient for the making of real good chaimen and that ingredient is the powdered fenugreek commonly known as helba necessary for the chaimen, without it, you cannot really make chaimen.<br/><br/>I love all the recipes you post and am looking forward for some more,<br/>have a nice day,<br/>Arlette A. Kalpakian

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    • on February 14, 2009


      Mark, you're giving away all our secrets! Best cut of beef is to use whole filet mignon. Wait until it's on's worth it. It makes the most tender and nearly fat free basterma. FANTASTIC recipe! manushag

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    • on August 12, 2007


      You have no idea how you have made my day! I was raised next to the Lazar's and Mrs. Mooshi, the mom in law, made this. They are all gone now and I have missed these wonderful flavors. When I move to Mexico in Sept. I will be making this! Tak (as we say in Swedish) Tony

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    Nutritional Facts for Armenian Basterma (Dried Cured Beef)

    Serving Size: 1 (28 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 5.3
    Calories from Fat 1
    Total Fat 0.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2455.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 0.2 g

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