Corned Beef & Cabbage
-If there were ever a time for Corned Beef & Cabbage, around St. Patrick’s Day is it. Since we are all spending more time at home these days, cooking is a great way to pass some time. If this is your first time cooking Corned Beef at home you may not know what to do. These past few weeks I have been experimenting with three different cooking methods for corned beef that are as easy as can be.
Truthfully, it really depends on what kind of time schedule you have. If you have all day to cook, there is a nice slow cooking method that takes 8 hours and leaves you with fall apart tender meat. If you have a little bit less time you can choose to do a 2.5 – 3 hour braise in the oven, and the quickest method would be the instant pot, coming in at just under an hour.
Cooking corned beef, really couldn’t be simpler. You choose your cooking vessel, fill it with the corned beef, some chopped carrots, potatoes, a bit of white onion and large wedges of cabbage. Fill with enough liquid to completely cover the corned beef. The only note I would mention is that there is a water limit mark when you are using an instant pot. Just make sure to note where this is, and keep in mind not to overfill your instant pot, when you are planning on using the pressure cooking function.
In all of the corned beef packages I purchased, there was a little packet filled with herbs and spices, this little thing is very useful and really adds flavor. Make sure you pour every little bit of that in too. Then you get to decide which method works for you.
Now here are some handy bits of information. All three of the corned beefs that I chose to cook, weighed around 2.5 pounds. If you are trying to cook larger pieces, you may need to increase the cooking time in the instant pot a few more minutes. The 8 hour slow cook, pretty much never fails to produce a tender corned beef. Although for a very large cut of beef you may want to cut your piece of meat into smaller pieces that will cook quicker.
I’ve found that in terms of tenderness, time matters. While each of the cooking methods resulted in a delectable corned beef, the 8 hour slow cook was by far the most tender. Hope this helps! Happy eating and Happy St Patricks Day!
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