corned beef


Beef (usually brisket, but also round) cured in a seasoned brine. Sometimes the brine is pumped through the arterial system. The term "corned" beef comes from the English use of the word corn, meaning any small particle (such as a grain of salt). Two types of corned beef are available, depending on the butcher and the region. Old-fashioned corned beef is grayish-pink in color and very salty; the newer style has less salt and is a bright rosy red. Much corned beef is now being made without nitrites, which are reputed to be carcinogenic.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

7 Recipes That Prove Corned Beef Is Great in Everything

It's way more versatile than that green beer you're sipping.

How to Make Your Own Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day

Food Network teaches you how to make corned beef at home for St. Patrick's Day.

50 Years Ago, Astronauts Smuggled This Corned Beef Sandwich Into Space

When you think “space food,” you probably think Tang and freeze-dried ice cream, not a whopping deli corned beef sandwich on rye. Turns out, there’s a reason for that.

Green Pancakes, Corned Beef Pizza and Rainbow Treats: A Family-Friendly St. Paddy's Day Feast

From a vibrant-green pancake breakfast to hearty dinners with the requisite corned beef, we’ve got green-colored dishes to keep you feeling festive on St. Patrick's Day.