What is Corned Beef?

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Corned beef is one of the tenderest, and most flavorful Irish classics. On St. Patrick’s Day a traditional corned beef and cabbage is the ultimate go-to recipe for dinner! Irish eyes will be smiling when everyone sits down to this hearty corned beef recipe made with love!

What is Corned Beef?

Corned beef is a beef brisket that has been salt cured and has its own special blend of spices (mustard seed, allspice, coriander, cloves, black peppercorns, and cardamom pods).

Corned beef takes a brisket, which is a tough piece of meat and tenderizes it through the curing process. Corned beef is often served on St. Patrick’s day but it’s also used to make other recipes like reuben sandwiches!

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What Part of the Cow is Corned Beef?

Brisket comes from the breast section of the cow and corned beef is basically brisket that has been cured and brined in a selection of savory herbs and picking spices.

Corned beef can also be made from round steaks, which is located at the rear leg of the cow. Normally tough cuts of meat like the brisket and the round benefit from slow, moist-heat cooking processes that, when seasoned and marinated correctly, produce a flavorful and economical entrée for a large family or an even larger crowd!

The Difference Between Corned Beef and Pastrami

While both corned beef and pastrami have a similar cooking method resulting in a pink cut of meat, the main difference is the cut of beef you use.

Corned beef is made from brisket, which comes from the chest of the cow. Pastrami is made using a shoulder cut of beef called the deckle.

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The Best Way To Cook Corned Beef

Making Crock Pot Corned Beef brisket is a snap! Just set in water with more pickling spices and let it simmer away until tender.  A great way to make a festive meal for company!

Crock pot corned beef makes an excellent stew with cabbage, or simply carve off a few slices and serve with mustard on a hard roll with some sauerkraut. A classic Rueben sandwich is corned beef on rye, with sauerkraut, melted cheese and Russian dressing.  Corned beef is as versatile as it is tasty!

Corned beef, no matter how cooked, is done so at a low and slow temperature that creates a deliciously juicy corned beef and gets its flavoring from the seasoning packet, rather than the browning process.

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