This Super Root Preserves Meat Indefinitely!

C. Davis
By C. Davis July 20, 2015 21:13

This Super Root Preserves Meat Indefinitely!

Native Indians of South America used this root to make a black juice called Cassareep that preserves meat for long periods of time. Some even say INDEFINETLY.

What is sure is that the PepperPot was their freezer. The PepperPot was was the pot where the meat was preserved, and also the preserved dish.

Nowadays, most Cassareep is exported from Guyana, South America and is available in bottled form. It can be bought in many stores in the USA, Canada, UK Australia or on Amazon.

Cassareep purpose is twofold:

One to preserve meat and two, in particular its wonderful bittersweet flavour. Cassareep can be used as flavouring to dishes as well as certain soup recipes.

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Now the Antiseptic quality of Cassareep is the wonderment of the Root:

This property allows food to be kept outside of the fridge and in open air as long as the mixture itself is kept free from outside pollutants such as saliva.

As long as you add additional game or meat that you buy hunt or trap, you add additional Cassareep, this can be continued, as stated, indefinitely.

There is a legend according to a lady Betty Mascoll of the Caribbean island of Grenada that there was a Pepperpot (A dish made from Cassareep and meat) that was maintained like this for more than 100 years! In Dutch Guyana also called Suriname, Dutch planters reportedly had these dishes in daily use and kept them cooking for an incredible amount of years. This was also used in many country clubs and businessmen’s clubs.

pepperpot4The “preserving process” is quite simple. Here’s what you need in order to make the “PeeperPot Stew”:

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 sticks cinnamon spice
  • 12 heads of clove 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar 2 table spoons seasoning salt
  • 1 hot red whole hot pepper
  • cassareep11/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 lbs salt beef (chopped)
  • 5 lbs cow heel (chopped) optional
  • 5 lbs beef (chopped)
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt or (or to taste)
  • 7 Ounces Cassreep


Wash and season the meat with black pepper and salt.

Place all ingredients in a large pot of water, approximately 4 – 5 cups of water, enough to cover the meat.

Add peppers to flavor

pepperpot2Cover and bring to a boil for about 2 hours, or until meat is very tender, and the water is 1/4 of its original content. This water becomes your pepper pot sauce.

Put the content into a jar or keep it in the bowl.

Simply warm and re-use any time you are hungry.

Using Cassareep prevents this dish from spoiling for at least a few weeks un-refrigerated.

To keep the Pepper Pot lasting for years on end, native Indians constantly added Cassreep and game meat to the pot… and boiled it again every time they added new stuff.


1 – Using a dirty (un-washed) spoon or a spoon that was used in any other food will deteriorate the Pepper Pot and cause spoilage almost immediately;

2 – Never eat directly from the pot. If you use a spoon, after you eat the first one you will infest the pot with bacteria from your saliva which will spoil the whole pot. Also: never taste it with the same spoon more than once – directly from the pot.

3 – Pepper pot should be served the day after cooking but it gets tastier with age (after the first week)

4 – Do not use/eat the root directly – it is poisonous; do not attempt to extract the Cassareep from the root unless you know what you are doing.

The medical properties and the antiseptic uses circle around eye infections such as Conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers but the Reverend J.G. Wood who wrote Wanderings in South America – 1879 was widely criticised apparently for not mentioning the properties of cassava juice which “enables the Indian on a canoe voyage to take with him a supply of meat for several days”.

We should thank the native Indians of South America for their practical wisdom.

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C. Davis
By C. Davis July 20, 2015 21:13
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  1. mingia01 July 21, 15:57

    I would like to know where to buy the super root

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  2. chris December 6, 23:23

    Nigerian dwarf goats are incredible, too (NOT other dwarf goats) they eat everything, especially brambles, have up to 4 kids at a time which they easily feed and they are fun

    also real honey is suppose to preserve indefinately

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  3. red October 8, 23:45

    I live in Zone 9A and want to try growing cassava. Odd thing is, in Penna I could find roots, in season, in tiendas, little stores, but not in Arizona. Odd because it can grow here and it’s drought tolerant. I at least want to try it. Yes, it needs processing or the eater can kill himself (modern types have a whole lot less cyanide than the older varieties). Indians crush it first to extract the juice and make arrow poison of it. But, the starch is good enough to make tapioca and the flour good for a lot of things. Of course, our yucca (not a relative) is common and tastes like chestnuts when boiled, it would be preferred, but cassava is supposed to do much better than potatoes here. Add in something new (much thanks, Claude, yow!) as a preservative, that makes it shine.

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  4. RonnyJ August 3, 16:21

    Is the hot pepper necessary, or is it just for flavor? My family has digestive problems with any hot peppers, but not with black pepper. Also, I have no idea where in my area I can find salt beef, and no way to make my own.

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