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Favorite Brand of Inexpensive Corned Beef??

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I've been going with the flat cut Angus from Freiderich or the Nathan's. Usually $4 a pound. It's been a while since I've used the cheaper brands selling for $1.50-$1.99. So I'm wondering if, with all the flavorings I put into the simmering broth, am I wasting money on the more expensive cuts?

What are your experiences with the inexpensive brands under $2 per pound? Any good ones? Or just pony up for the $4 lb brands?
Freiderich?
Redi Gourmet?
Jomar?
Dunphy and Cork "barrel cured"?
Other brands??

Thanks!
post #2 of 25
I've never thought of a brisket as being a particularly high quality cut of beef so I've never thought of paying a premium price, not like I would for a top tier roast or steak. For the good stuff a simple preparation is the best. For briskets you can play with marinades and cooking liquids. I've rarely had a bad corned beef at any price and have had some really great ones for a song.
My most recent corned beef brisket is a Safeway brand point @$1.79 a pound.

DC
post #3 of 25
If you are paying a premium price for Freiderich, you better find another supermarket........
post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 
Freiderich has two types in my area -- the regular going around $2 and the Angus going for $4.
post #5 of 25

We have a new butcher/market, McKinnons.  Great meat, they do tons of cool stuff (lots of marinaded meat and chicken, smoke their own ham hocks, lots of rolled roasts) good prices.

they do their own corn beef, red and grey.  I am going to get one, can't wait to see how it comes out.

 

I was there to get a salad today and saw this, has anyone ever seen this?  Almost bought them, but I'm too busy, maybe this weekend.

 

ribs.JPG

 

 

post #6 of 25
This week at Market Basket:
Freirich or Old Neighborhood point cut red cure $1.69lb.
post #7 of 25
This meal is something you don't get all gourmet and faw-faw over. It's peasant food. The best fare that an oppressed and burdened people could come up with under Brit rule. We eat this meal to honor them. And it's damned tasty..wink.gif
post #8 of 25
Even though you've now run out of time...
It's very simple to make corned anything. I started making corned venison a couple of years ago...it's great (after trying it, a guy at work says he's never going to let one walk again).
You can make corned beef in less than a week out of whatever cut you like.
Production corned beef is not cured at the plant. They put the meat in the cryo with spices and brine, remove the air and send it on it's way...it cures in transit.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Mike View Post

Freiderich has two types in my area -- the regular going around $2 and the Angus going for $4.

Ah, that would explain it..............
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Little View Post

We have a new butcher/market, McKinnons.  Great meat, they do tons of cool stuff (lots of marinaded meat and chicken, smoke their own ham hocks, lots of rolled roasts) good prices.

they do their own corn beef, red and grey.  I am going to get one, can't wait to see how it comes out.

 

I was there to get a salad today and saw this, has anyone ever seen this?  Almost bought them, but I'm too busy, maybe this weekend.

 

ribs.JPG

 

 


Good lord that place is awesome, I first went to the original McKinnons in Danvers years ago.......the one in Portsmouth is one milllliiion times better. You guys have a great thing up there. Sometimes the wife and I will take the drive up just to hit the olive bar they have there! I have had those corned ribs as well......they are surprisingly(or maybe not) good. Martha from the Smurf introduced me to those last year.
post #11 of 25

well if they're good enough for Martha by god they're good enough for me!

 

I looked at recipes under google, and it is a german thing, layers of those ribs kraut, apple and taters.  I kind of doubt they would be  too good on the smoker.

 

 

McKinnons rocks.  Look at food prices-hell the prices are good.  My gripe with hi end groceries has never been the price of the really cool stuff, its when the price the freekin Hunts ketchup at 5 bucks, know what I mean? The produce is a little lacking at times but other than that I am real happy with that joint.

post #12 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Little View Post

We have a new butcher/market, McKinnons.  Great meat, they do tons of cool stuff (lots of marinaded meat and chicken, smoke their own ham hocks, lots of rolled roasts) good prices.

they do their own corn beef, red and grey.  I am going to get one, can't wait to see how it comes out.

 

I was there to get a salad today and saw this, has anyone ever seen this?  Almost bought them, but I'm too busy, maybe this weekend.

 

ribs.JPG

 

 


Those would be good thrown in with the corned beef and cabbage
post #13 of 25
That's how I had them, they were goood!
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
If the wife looks in the back of the bottom of the fridge I'm in trouble. There are seven, yes, seven corned beefs in there. They are hidden by a big bag of kale. I paid between $0.99 (for one) and $2.69 per pound. The $0.99 was a Redi Gourmet on a coupon deal that looks just OK. Got some brands I never saw before -- Reillys and O'Brien. They look OK to pretty good. The remainder are Shoprite $2.69 and look pretty good. Fredreichs were $3/lb and the Nathan's and Angus cuts were $4. So I decided to embrace the peasant food aspect of corned beef and go cheap this year. Four or five will be consumed Sunday. I'll use the other 2-3 to experiment with faux smoker pastrami over the coming weeks.
post #15 of 25
If you read the O'Reily package, in small print it says contact us at Reddigourmet, seems there the same ,just different packaging and price.
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