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soaking corned beef

Last post Mar 18, 2011 5:08 PM by akfishergirl . 10 replies.


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    Do you soak your corned beef before cooking? anyone use a pressure cooker?
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    No, I just simmer it about 3 hours and its nice and tender.
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    There was another post last night about corned beef.
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    Hi Not sure there would be any reason at all to soak it!

    Do you have a cookbook handy?
    That should tell you how long to simmer it, truthfully I don't think you could over cook it. I would say 40 min to the pound!

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    I do both. Soaking draws out the salt, which then allows you to re-salt the meat, and control the amount and flavor. I usually soak it for an hour. Then you can choose whether or not you want to salt the outside. Cover the meat with water. I always add an onion, pepper and 3 bay leaves to the water. Then pressure it for 45min-1 hour, depending on the size. Add the cabbage, potatoes and carrots after you've already pressured the meat. Bring back to pressure and cook gor about 5-10 minutes.
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    There is no need to soak. It use to be recommended years ago because of all the salt. Today the meat is cured differently and with much less salt.

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    Surely soaking it would soak out all the nice flavour?  I don't see the point of soaking out the flavour and then adding more salt to give it flavour.

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    I'm going to have to take the other side here.  The one time I cooked corned beef in the pressure cooker (about 8 years ago, I think) it did come out too salty for my taste.  I doubt the way beef is corned has changed greatly since then.

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    I don't soak it.....sometimes use a pressure cooker - 45 minutes is usually the time I cook it.  Baked it for 3 hours this year....covered in onion slices, wrapped in heavy duty foil, 350 for 3 hours.  Got the recipe on this BB last year.

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     I usually do mine in the crockpot, comes out nice & tender!  I've never soaked it.

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  • Re: soaking corned beef

    I always rinse mine really well.... and then stovetop simmer.... I had one yesterday tho that I wish I had soaked some of the salt out of.... I cooked 3 small pieces (wanted leftovers for sandwiches) and one piece was horribly salty......

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