uncured corned beef

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by justplainbob, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. they were on sale so i had to buy them[​IMG]  

    what should i expect?

    thanks
     
  2. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Not pink/red colour
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I am not sure what that is and never heard of it...Maybe a Pic of the label? There is Corned Beef, but Uncured Corned Beef is just Beef Brisket. It is possible that it is No Nitrite Added Corned Beef, but check the ingredient list, it would say Cured with Salt and Celery Juice or Extract. Celery Juice contains Nitrate that get converted to Nitrite during the Curing process with the same result. The last possibility is it is Brisket cured with Salt Only but that has not been common for many decades...JJ [​IMG]
     
  4. red

    looks like a corned beef 

    but it says uncured
     
  5. jj i was thinking the same 

    i'm gonna open it and decide if it;s a brisket or a pastrami 

    thanks guys 

    i'll let ya know 
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Color is really not much help. Any Company Name and Ingredient label?...JJ
     
  7. no trates or trites 

    organic blah blah blah 

    beet powder i'm guessing is the color 

    only one way to find out 
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Our Trader Joes carries a brand called "All Natural". Here is what they have to say about it:

    "Our Uncured Sliced Corned Beef is crafted for us the old fashioned way, using spices and seasonings like garlic, onion, cloves, coriander, dill, allspice, and pepper. No nitrites or nitrates are used to cure and preserve the meat; rather, our Corned Beef is treated with sea salt, vinegar, celery powder, and cherry powder. This produces intensely flavored meat that is lower in sodium (and less salty tasting) than most commercially produced corned beef."

    Our Whole Foods brines their own not using any cures, they call it browning. They also carry a  brand called Wellshire Farms or something like that. They use beets, and spices but not cure.
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Beet Juice/Powder contain a high level of Nitrates as well and is used like Celery Juice. Sounds like a No Added Nitrite Corned Beef and will look, cook and taste like the standard cured Corned Beef. Those are marketed to folks that think they have no Chemical Nitrite so they are Better For You, In Reality the processing is not easily controlled and the meat can easily end up containing MORE Nitrite that what is standard or even necessary. All that and they get to charge a Premium to fake folks out. Have fun with the cook. You can add your fav rub and smoke it or make Pastrami...JJ
     
  10. interesting about the beet powder 

    next ingredient is vinegar powder 

    what the heck is vinegar powder?

    sounds like i will be smoking a yuppy pastrami 
     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Beet and Celery Juice, has Nitrate. Since studies show it has caused cancer in animals. Without going into all the science, an Antioxidant, acid, added to the meat will eliminate the negative issues and speeds the cure time. So adding Vinegar, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid is a common practice when using Nitrate...JJ
     

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