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What part of the cow does pastrami come from?

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Pastrami is made with beef brisket. Beef brisket comes from the lower part of a cow's chest. The brisket is below the chuck and above the shank.

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What part of the cow does pastrami come from?
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Pastrami is made by smoking corned beef. The process of smoking adds flavor to the meat. Corned beef is made by soaking beef brisket in a salty brine, along with sugar and spices, for several weeks. Before the invention of refrigeration, soaking a meat in brine was one of the two methods for preventing meat from spoiling. Adding salt to the meat kills all the bacteria and preserves it for a long period of time.

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