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Best Food Buy: Corned Beef

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There is more corned beef sold the week before St. Patrick's Day than at any other time of the year. We've just gotta have it.

With all the different kinds sold in the supermarket meat and deli cases, it can be a bit confusing. Here is some info. to help you choose the one that's right for you:

Raw corned beef that we cook ourselves usually comes vacuum-packed. Some have the pickling spices already in with the pickling brine, while some have the spices in a separate bag that we can add to our corned beef as we boil it. How do we know if it's done? There are usually directions on the package, but typically corned beef is done when it's fork-tender. Found in both brisket and round cut, these take a while to cook, but they're worth waiting for!

If you love that old-fashioned home-cooked taste and are short on time, there are pre-cooked corned beef options, like the ones available in the supermarket deli case. They may cost a few cents more, but with no shrinkage and big time-savings, they're becoming very popular.

Which cut to buy? If you're looking for the traditional full-flavored corned beef, that's the brisket cut. It tends to be not as lean, but it's juicier and fuller-flavored. But if you prefer it leaner, no problem! Try the more popular leaner round cut. Even though it's more money than the brisket, it's easier to slice. There's less fat and less waste; it's your choice!

Of course, no matter which type of corned beef we choose, and whether we serve it with the traditional go-alongs as a main course or piled high on our sandwiches, we shouldn't wait for St. Patrick's Day to enjoy it. Corned beef is truly a year-round tasty good buy, filled with..."OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!"

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