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  • According to the US department of Agriculture Originally "Corned Beef and Cabbage" was a traditional dish served for Easter Sunday dinner in rural Ireland. The beef, because there was no refrigeration at that time was salted or brined during the winter to preserve it, It was then eaten after the long, meatless Lenten fast.
  • However other Irish people feel that Corned Beef and cabbage is about as Irish as Spaghetti and meatballs. That beef was a real delicacy usually served only to the kings.
  • According to Bridgett Haggerty of the website Irish Cultres and Customs she says that their research shows that most likely a "bacon joint" or a piece of salted pork boiled with cabbage and potatoes would more likely have shown up for an Easter Sunday feast in the rural parts of Ireland.
  • Since the advent of refrigeration, the trend in Ireland is to eat fresh meats. Today this peasant dish is more popular in the United States than in Ireland. Irish-Americans and lots of other people eat it on St. Patrick's Day, Ireland's principal feast day, as a nostalgic reminder of their Irish heritage.
  • Corning is a form of curing; it has nothing to do with corn. The name comes from Anglo-Saxon times before refrigeration. In those days, the meat was dry-cured in coarse "corns" of salt. Pellets of salt, some the size of kernels of corn, were rubbed into the beef to keep it from spoiling and to preserve it.
  • Today brining -- the use of salt water -- has replaced the dry salt cure, but the name "corned beef" is still used, rather than "brined" or "pickled" beef. Commonly used spices that give corned beef its distinctive flavor are peppercorns and bay leaf. Of course, these spices may vary regionally.

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  • pudgy47 10 years ago
    Thanks for the (INFO). Like that Corn Beef]
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  • robertg 10 years ago
    I corn mine, myself.To me the store brands lack the true flavor because their injected with the pickling solution and not truly corned. For some reason they don't use garlic,and to me this is a MUST to get a flavorable beef.
    I ran across part of what you pasted also. Very interesting.Thanks for posting...Bpb
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  • thegoldminer 10 years ago
    I boil mine, add about 20-30 whole cloves and about 6-8 bay leaves along with the packet of seasonings include with the "corn" beef. Good stuff, good post. JJ
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  • desertgal 10 years ago
    Great post did you find a good corned beef reicpe?
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  • pat2me 10 years ago
    Very interesting Sunny! We love corned Beef and cabbage, being of Irish American. Really glad I'm able to buy a low sodium version now though!
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  • mellybelly 10 years ago
    Interesting post. Do you happen to have a good corned beef recipe? I am looking for one.
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