Frugal Corned Beef uses
...Fortunately for us tightwad corned beef lovers, once a year, corned beef goes on sale at rock bottom prices in many of the large supermarkets. That time of year is now. (If not, the price will go down just after the holiday so the stores can get rid of there over stock.)
With St. Patrick's day quickly approaching, corned beef will be the main "loss leader" item for most stores. This is the time of the year to stock up. Corned beef in its plastic air tight package will keep in the freezer right up to next St. Patrick's day without any problem. Just make sure the seal is tight and no air has gotten into the package. You can tell by looking. The bag will be kind of puffy and may be leaking liquid.
To fix corned beef, simply throw the meat, along with the contents of the pickling spice packet that comes with it, into a large pot. Cover with water and simmer for two to four hours or until tender. Once the corned beef is tender, pull out and place to one side and add a quartered cabbage to the broth and boil until cabbage is tender.
Drain cabbage and slice corned beef cutting across the grain. Then make your sandwiches, and be sure to have plenty of napkins handy.
Best Sandwich: lean corned beef sliced thin on Black Russian rye bread, Swiss cheese, loads of mayo, stone ground mustard with a hint of horse radish and topped off with cabbage cooked in the corned beef broth.
Corned Beef Hash Marine Corps Style:
2 cups shredded corned beef
2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes (small cubes)
2 cups ketchup or so (Just so everything is nice and goopy.)
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce or so to taste
1 chopped onion
1 small clove garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil potatoes until just tender, drain and set to one side. Sauté chopped onions and chopped garlic until translucent. Mix all ingredients together and place in casserole dish. Place hash mixture in oven at 325 degrees F for 30-45 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Serve with eggs and toast for breakfast or with fried cabbage or coleslaw for dinner.
By: John Smith - Confessions of a Butcher- eat steak on a hamburger budget and save$$$. You can check his book and some of his archived articles at www.all-about-meat.com