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Corned beef: To soak or not to soak?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Woman's Day Food Director Jennene Plummer answers your questions about all things food.


Question

"Before cooking, is it better if you immerse corned beef/silverside in water overnight or not? If yes, why?"
— William


Answer

These days it isn't necessary to soak corned beef — this was probably done once to remove salt. Today, the beef is cured less intensely.

All I would do is rinse the meat a little before placing it in a saucepan of water, seasoned with a little vinegar, brown sugar, cloves, peppercorns and a bayleaf.

Recipe

Check out Jennene's recipe for masala beef pies
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