The words corned beef hardly seem to conjure up images of haute cuisine. However, with a little bit of creativity and the right ingredients, this variety of meat could just be the star of the next meal you make.
A short history of corned beef
No one really knows where corned beef comes from but one thing is for sure: this is one of the best sources of protein when times are tough. This variety of beef became incredibly popular during the first and second world wars. It was a convenient addition to soldiers’ rations as the meat remained fresh for an extended period of time and it was easy to add to a rucksack. However, soldiers weren’t the only ones eating this type of meat. Most homes relied on these canned meats for a little protein. It is thanks to these war-time chefs that we now know how to spice up this seemingly plain beef dish.
Traditionally, this meat dish was often considered a spring dish as the meat would be cured in salt over the winter. However, it is now available throughout the year. Most people are surprised to learn that Pastrami is a type of corned meat, however, it is smoked in addition to being cured in salt.
Options when preparing this meat
Corned beef is usually made by packing large hunks of beef in a mixture of salt, sugar and spices. Once the meat is preserved, it lasts for an incredibly long period of time. You then have the option to use the beef in a number of different ways. You could slice the cooked beef thinly and use it as a topping for sandwiches and pizzas. Alternatively, you could cut the beef into large chunks and use them as the protein source in your favourite stews. They are also a great addition to soups as they add a salty quality that is second to none.
Traditionally, this type of beef is eaten with potatoes. This makes for an incredibly hearty and nutritious meal. For the ultimate complement to this salty meal, be sure to keep a large glass of beer close at hand. If you aren’t the biggest fan of alcohol, you can enjoy a refreshing soda with your meal.
Where to try this mouth-watering beef
Corned beef is incredibly high in sodium. Therefore it is best to limit your consumption of this meat for the sake of your heart. It is best to prepare this type of meat only once a week so that you don’t overdo your salt intake too often.