Belarusian Polendwitsa (Air-Dried Meat)

Belarusian Polendwitsa (Air-Dried Meat)
Polendwitsa (or poledwica) in Belarusian cuisine is meat, salted, rubbed with spices (usually bay leaf, coriander, caraway seeds or dill), and then air-dried. It's an incredibly delicious appetizer that goes great with beer. How long you air-dry it depends on how dry you want your meat, my family usually can't wait longer than a week, but one of my friends is tough enough to let it dry for 3 weeks. You should try polendwitsa and I'm sure you'll get hooked like we are. Update : One of my Pinterest friends suggested a better name for it - Salt Cured Tenderloin - whatever you call it, it tastes amazing!


  • 3 pounds pork tenderloins (rinsed, pat dried;)
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • black pepper (I prefer freshly ground)
  • bay leaf (crushed)
  • dill (dry)
Prep time:
216 hours, 15 minutes
Yield: 3 tenderloins | Prep time: 216 hours, 15 minutes |


1. Rub meat with salt on all sides. Place in a bowl or glass baking dish, cover and refrigerate for 2 days (3 days for thicker meat), turning once a day.
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2. Dry meat with paper towels, sprinkle with ground black pepper, dry dill and crushed bay leaf (you can also use such spices as coriander or caraway seeds) on all sides.
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3. Wrap tightly in cheesecloth (4-5 layers), tie with kitchen twine.
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4. Hang in a dry, well-ventilated place for 7-10 days (depending on how dry you want your meat). When we use air conditioner, I often hang the meat in a closet closer to air vent.
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5. Store in refrigerator, wrapped in cheesecloth. Remove the cheesecloth and slice. Serve as an appetizer.
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Can you use beef also for this method?

I've never tried it with beef... - Alena
The recipe I've been looking for for a long time, thank you!

You're very welcome! Hope you'll like this polendwitsa! - Alena

Amazing!!! Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

This pork is out of this world. It was the first time I made air-dried pork. When I saw this recipe, I decided that I MUST give it a try. It turned out GREAT, super delicious! The most difficult for me was to find a "dry, well-ventilated place". I also read that the best temperature for drying meat is below 60F, so I decided to try my basement. It worked great for me! It hang there for 7 days, then I transferred it to the fridge and let it dry for another 5 days. OMG, it's so YUMMMMM!!!! Will recommend this recipe to my friends!

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