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Boiled Corned Beef Shopping Tips
Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.
Boiled Corned Beef Cooking Tips
The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.
Our homemade corned beef ticks all of the boxes
Corned silverside is what they call the cured brisket in New Zealand (where I live). By using this meat, we shorten the 10-day process my grandma used to do down to just a few hours. It’s available at most major supermarket chains, some smaller stores, and at butcher shops.
Ready-to-cook corned beef is what it is called in the states, according to Google. I have never looked for it, so I can’t offer guidance on where to find it.
Homemade Corned Beef Cure Recipe
A note on curing salt: curing salt is to be added by the weight of the meat. For every 5 lb meat, use 1 tsp curing salt. WEigh your brisket, then make the conversion for how much salt you need. Too much curing salt can be toxic, so don’t just assume that if some preserves it, more will do better.
- 1 brisket flat
- 3/4 cup kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pink curing salt (Prague powder #1, NOT Himalayan pink salt, which is entirely different)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
- 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon allspice berries
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 6 bay leaves, roughly torn
- Pat the brisket dry with paper towels.
- Combine the salt, pink (curing) salt, and sugar together in a bowl.
- Place the brisket in a rimmed baking sheet.
- Rub the brisket all over with the salt/sugar mixture. If there is any extra salt mixture, pile it on/under the brisket in the pan.
- Combine the spices in a bowl.
- Rub the spices all over the surfaces.
- Cover the brisket and pan tightly with plastic wrap.
- Place in the refrigerator.
- Unwrap it, flip it and rewrap it a few times over the next 7-10 days.
Now you just need to wait 7-10 days…
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
- 4-5 lbs. Kosher Corned Beef ask your butcher for the best meat to use.
- 1 medium whole garlic clove
- 2 medium onions, peeled and cut into quarters
- 2 whole cloves
- 6-8 whole black peppercorns
- 1 large bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp. mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
- 1 large head of cabbage,cut into quarters. optional
…The Backstory continues: Sometimes we would drive to the Canarsie section of Brooklyn and there, the choice was simple: Grabstein’s. They offered a wide variety of fresh, down-to-earth, familiar, comfort foods. It didn’t matter what you ordered, it was always perfect. A side note: Grabstein’s catered my engagement party, my son’s bris, my parents’ 35th surprise anniversary party, and a host of other special family events. To this day, some of my favorite foods are corned beef and pastrami and 99% of the time, that’s what I ordered at Grabstein’s. The other 1% is something I can’t even recall. It is not so much that I am a creature of habit, it’s just that this is and will always be, my favorite type of food.
Here’s how to make a good corned beef at home. I’m sorry Mr. Grabstein: I know it might not be as good as yours, but it’s pretty darn good (if I may say so myself).
- 2 teaspoons coriander seed
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon dill seed
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- Optional: 1 teaspoon juniper berries
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 (2-pound) corned beef brisket (trimmed of visible fat)
- 1 bottle of beer (or 6 to 12 ounces of water or beef broth)
- 2 carrots (peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths)
- 1 large onion (4-inch diameter cut into quarters)
- 2 turnips (3-inch diameter cut in quarters)
- 1/4 head cabbage (cut in half)
- 2 waxy potatoes (such as Red Bliss 3-inch diameter cut in quarters)
Place the coriander seed, black peppercorns, dill seed, whole allspice, juniper berries, and bamy leaf in a tea ball or make a small bag made out of cheesecloth.
Rinse corned beef and place in a large dutch oven.
Add beer, 1 carrot, 1/2 onion, spice mixture, and enough additional beer, water, or broth to barely cover brisket. Place over medium heat and bring to a vigorous simmer but do not boil.
Cover and place on lower-middle rack in the oven and cook for 1 hour.
Then, turn the brisket over and add enough additional water (if needed) to bring level half-way up meat.
Repeat this process of turning the brisket and adding additional liquids (if needed) 1 hour later.
After 3 hours, remove from oven and remove brisket from broth and set on a plate. Strain out carrots and onions and discard along with spice mixture.
Add all remaining vegetables, place on stove over medium-low heat, cover, and cook for 30 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender. Remove from heat.
Slice brisket across the grain and add it back to vegetable mixture to warm up.
Serve this with a collection of mustards: Dijon, Polish, honey-mustard, whatever. Then smear one slice of meat with Dijon, another with honey-mustard, and a potato with Polish. The various mustards give each bite a unique flavor.
- 1 package ButcherBox Corned Beef Brisket
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound red potatoes halved or quartered depending on size
- 5 carrots peeled and cut into thirds
- 1 head cabbage quartered
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The Ultimate Corned Beef and Cabbage
Americans still think we live on corned beef and cabbage over here," says Irish cookbook author and teacher Darina Allen.
In fact, the dish that's synonymous with St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish in the U.S. is so rarely eaten in Ireland—for the holiday or otherwise—that some people wonder if it's actually Irish at all. In Irish Country Cooking, Malachi McCormick says he likes corned beef, but then adds: "But our national dish? No, it's a New World dish!" Furthermore, thanks to the many awful versions served in bars in the U.S.—and washed down with plastic cups of green beer—this one-pot meal is often reviled by Irish Americans and Irish-for-a-Day Americans or, at the very least, relegated to a sloshy once-a-year tradition.
So let's set a few things straight: First, corned beef and cabbage is most definitely Irish. Second, when properly made it's "delicious," says Allen—recent taste tests here at Epicurious confirm that the corned beef and cabbage recipe from Allen's cookbook Irish Traditional Cooking is indeed fantastic. Third, with the current multicontinent trend of chefs looking to the past for inspiration coupled with a craze among food-lovers for all things cured, this briny classic is poised for a comeback.
Although corned beef is "almost a forgotten flavor in Ireland," according to Allen it was once an extremely popular and important food for all classes. To "corn" something is simply to preserve it in a salty brine (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing). In the days before refrigeration, corning was essential for storing meat, especially from large animals like cows. Historically, beef that was slaughtered and corned before the winter was served with the first fresh spring cabbage to break the Lenten fast on Easter.
Corned beef has always been associated with Cork City, because, Allen explains, "that was the provisioning port for boats before they crossed the Atlantic." In fact, between the 1680s and 1825, corning beef was Cork City's most important industry. The meat was exported to Britain, continental Europe, and as far away as Newfoundland and the West Indies.
These days in Ireland, corned beef is still most associated with County Cork, where Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery School and the Ballymaloe House and restaurant started by Allen's mother-in-law, Myrtle Allen, are based. Corned beef is sold at the English Market, a huge covered market in Cork City, and is also available at the Farmgate Café within the market—Allen says Ballymaloe House also serves it occasionally for lunch. "So there are people who eat it all the time."
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But even in Cork, Allen says, corned beef "seems to be a flavor that a lot of older people enjoy more than younger people." Why, then, has corned beef dwindled in popularity? "The Irish economy is very, very strong, and with that comes changes in people's diets," she says. Yet for Irish immigrants, many of whom fled their famine-stricken homeland during the heyday of corned beef, the dish remained important. "The immigrants brought it with them and it became sort of like a cult food," says Allen. "I think what happens sometimes when people immigrate is life stands still. Their memories of a country, and of the traditions, stay as it was when they left."
But with so many chefs looking to the past for inspiration, corned beef could be poised for a comeback in its country of origin. "[Irish] chefs are serving a lot of peasant foods and highlighting them again," says Allen. D.I.Y. fever could also play a role in corned beef's return to the Irish table. "Over here, just as over on your side [of the Atlantic], a lot of younger people are getting involved in curing their own bacons and hams and things again, making sausages and salamis," says Allen, who runs a series of "forgotten skills" courses at Ballymaloe Cookery School, teaching students how to keep chickens, make homemade sausages, build a smokehouse, and so forth.
The Epicurious edit team put Allen's corned beef and cabbage to the test: We purchased a four-pound piece of cured meat from Prime Cuts, an Irish butcher in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the Bronx in New York and slow-cooked it with cabbage, carrots, and onions. The scrumptious results convinced us that the dish is indeed ready for a revival. Allen says of the St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage connection, "It's lovely to have one dish associated with a day." As we thoroughly enjoyed many days of leftovers from our St. Patrick's Day preview, we'll add that it's even lovelier for that dish to be so good youɽ eat it any day.
Choosing the Right Piece of Beef
When buying corned beef, be sure to get "ready-to-cook" not precooked meat. Allen says the meat should be nice and firm and not bright pink. "If it's too bright pink they've used too many nitrates," she says. Brisket is the most common cut of corned beef you'll find at the grocery store (get the leaner flat-cut brisket if you can find it). Some Irish butchers also sell "silverside," a lean cut from the round (it's the cut recommended by the butcher at Prime Cuts, a renowned Irish shop in the Bronx). Tommy Moloney's is a reputable online source for many Irish products, including corned beef.
Home Cures: Corning Your Own Beef
While corned beef is easy enough to come by at the grocery store or butcher, especially around St. Patrick's Day, you can also easily cure it yourself. "It just depends on how much of a kick you get from doing something from scratch yourself," says Allen. If you're up for the challenge, follow the following simple instructions from Jason Fahey, the chef at Ballymaloe House. Michael Cuddigan, the butcher who supplied meat to Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School, taught Fahey the recipe before he retired. "It is a great thing to pass on these skills from one generation to another," says Allen.
Corning Instructions: Put 2 pounds of salt in a 20-pint bucket and fill it two-thirds with cold water (note: this is about seven quarts of water). When the salt dissolves, put a 4 1/2 to 5-pound piece of meat in, weigh it down if necessary with a heavy platter, and allow to soak, refrigerated, for 24 to 36 hours (and no more than 48 hours). Remove and cook according to your recipe (it is not necessary to rinse the meat before cooking).
Corned Beef with Cabbage
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To keep your carrots, onions, and cabbage from turning to mush, be sure to use large pieces. Allen uses carrots that are two inches in diameter and cuts them into chunks three or four inches long. She cuts large onions into quarters or uses whole small onions, and quarters a whole cabbage and adds it after the meat and other veggies have stewed for a while. If youɽ like, you can also add white turnips, rutabaga, or celeriac. To stop the meat from getting tough, keep it covered with water at all times (add more hot water if it cooks down), and once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat, cover the pot, and let it simmer. "Don't have it at a mad rolling boil all the time," says Allen. "Once it comes to the boil, it can just simmer along gently then. That will keep it nice and tender and won't toughen the meat."
3 pounds corned beef
3 cups water
6 carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
6 potatoes, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
1 head cabbage, cut in wedges
6 turnips, peeled and cut into quarters
Place the corned beef in the crock pot. Add the water.
Cover the crock pot and cook on high heat for 2 hours. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 3 more hours.
Remove the corned beef from the crock pot. Place the carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and turnips to the crock pot. Place the corned beef on top of the vegetables.
Cover the crock pot and cook on high for 2-3 more hours or until the vegetables are cooked and the corned beef is tender.
Adjust the seasoning as needed with salt and pepper.
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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Love a traditional St. Patrick's day dinner &mdash but don't love how long it takes to make one? Here is the perfect solution: An easy express route to celebrating that uses your pressure cooker.
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Bobby uses a plethora of spices including ancho chile powder, Spanish paprika, dried oregano, coriander, mustard powder, cumin, chile de arbol and ground pepper to coat his corned beef brisket.
Quick Corned Beef and Cabbage
Make your St. Patrick's Day dinner in one pot. This recipe is a little unusual because it adds bacon to the traditional mix of cabbage, potatoes, and corned beef, but the flavor is phenomenal. And the corned beef is already cooked and sliced so it doesn't have to simmer for hours, as this cut usually does.
Most stores sell cooked corned beef in the deli section—you may have to ask someone to slice it for you. Ask for 1/2-inch thick cuts, because if the slices are any thinner they may fall apart while simmering in the broth with the vegetables. If you can't find cooked corned beef, you can cook it yourself in the crockpot or on the stovetop. Let it cool in the fridge overnight, then slice it and cook as directed in this recipe.
Serve this dish with several kinds of mustard: honey mustard, grainy mustard for texture, and Dijon mustard because of the spicy kick. Mustard is the perfect complement to the tender, slightly spicy beef and the mild vegetables.