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The Hirshon Armenian Dried Spiced Beef - Ապուխտ

The Hirshon Armenian Dried Spiced Beef – Ապուխտ

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  • two 3lbs chunks of beef fillet, make sure the meat is fresh, never frozen
  • Kosher Salt
  • For chaman (fenugreek) paste spread:
  • 1/2 cup ground fenugreek
  • 1/4 cup Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup Hungarian hot paprika
  • 1 tbs cayenne
  • 1 tbs freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp freshly-ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbs kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 10 large cloves garlic
  • 9”x13” baking pan to hold the meat


  1. For the cured meat:
  2. Begin by prepping the meat: wash, cut and remove all additional fats and parts you don’t want.
  3. Using a pointy skewer or thick pin, make a few pokes on the meat.
  4. Generously sprinkle the bottom of your pan with salt and place the meat in it.
  5. Then once again, generously sprinkle the salt all over the meats, making sure to cover them entirely.
  6. Cover the pans with lid or plastic wrap and place it somewhere cool for 2 days.
  7. Once in a while, check and see if there are parts that have absorbed all the salt – if so, add more to cover that part.
  8. After 2 days, wash and pat dry the meats very well.
  9. Wrap with a few layers of paper towel and put under a heavy press for 1 day, using whatever weighty object(s) you have hanging about.
  10. During that time, check and see if the paper towel is moist – if so, change and re-wrap it again with a new dry paper towel.
  11. Unwrap and hang the meats to dry for 2-3 days in a sunny spot with lots of air circulation. You can either use metal hooks or simple twine thread for hanging the meats.
  12. Make the Chaman Paste:
  13. To make the Chaman, first combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until smooth, stop and scrape down a few times.
  14. Generously spread the chaman paste thickly all over the meats.
  15. Hang to dry for another 2-3 days.
  16. Slice thinly and enjoy!
  17. Remember that ready-cured meat needs to be stored in the fridge!
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  • Calories: 1025.67 kcal
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Sodium: 1876.32 mg
  • Fat: 36.48 g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.24 g
  • Trans Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.56 g
  • Fiber: 11.38 g
  • Protein: 155.59 g
  • Cholesterol: 428.64 mg
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