Years ago, our forefathers and indeed foremothers never used to have refrigerators, so they needed a way to keep meat fresh so that it would last well. One way to do that is by pickling it and pastrami is one of the best meats which is pickled.
You take some nice beef, put it some brine, then smoke it, add some crush peppercorns and hey presto, its pastrami.
The home of the best pastrami is probably New York via a deli, but what can you do is you don't like there and don't fancy spending a fortune on the plane fare just to get yourself a pastrami on rye bread?
Well, the good news for pastrami loving Brits is that kosher food maker Gilbert's has come up with the best pastrami this side of the atlantic. Not too smokey, not too spicy and not too salty. This is one pastrami that is constantly made just right.
Available in Jewish grocery stores as well as supermarkets including Tesco and Waitrose, this is pastrami that your forefathers and foremothers would have been proud of.
For around £4.50 a packet, you get 170 grams of tasty pastrami. In other words, you get about 7 slices, more than enough for one person.
Gilbert's pastrami can be served either hot or cold. Put it in the microwave for a minute or two and in between two slices of rye bread, one bite and you'll imagine you are transported to a New York deli. Personally, I like it cold, or taken out of the fridge and left in room temperature for about 10 minutes before putting it between some bread or a roll.
Whether you top it with some mustard or ketchup, it's entirely your choice, though hot English mustard is a stable along with some pickles.
Another versatile use of pastrami is in slicing it up and adding it to scrambled eggs.
Give it a try and bring a little pastrami into your life.