We love to make corned beef and cabbage for a quick meal in the pressure cooker. I cut up a whole head of cabbage, add 4 or five quartered potatoes (washed, skin on), 4 or 5 carrots, salt and pepper and a can of corned beef. Let it jiggle for about 3 minutes and voila dinner is done! It makes about 6 one-dish-meal servings in no time flat.
HOWEVER, canned corned beef is about $5 for a 12 oz can and full of fat. Spread over 6 servings, it's not completely awful, but still, not doing my cholesterol or weight loss goals any good.
So I am attempting to make a lower fat corned beef. I bought a big round roast (a little over 10 pounds) at Costco last weekend. Made up a brine of water with canning salt, pickling spices, cinnamon, garlic, a few extra cloves, and Pragues salt. I cut the meat up into fairly large cubes to make it easier to can. I put the whole kit and kaboodle in a 2 gallon zip-lock bag and I am using big tongs to mix things up once a day. I plan to can it on Saturday (7 day brine) because I've got to leave for DC on Sunday morning... otherwise I'd probably let it go for another day (traveling the next weekend, too or I might leave for 2 weeks).
I found some 12 ounce jars (scarce as hen's teeth around here) that I'm going to use to can the meat in. I'll can as for beef (10 minute vent, 75 minute pressure can at 10 lbs pressure.)
If this turns out like I hope it will, I'll publish as a little I CAN CAN short article on Amazon for the masses... but you all have it first and now. So, when spring cabbage comes in, I'll have jars of a lower fat corned beef standing buy. I expect to get about 12-13 jars with a total cost of around half of what I pay for canned corned beef. That's not counting the cost of the jars which I will probably use at least 50 times each if the Lord lets me live as long as my Granny.
I'll let y'all know how it turns out.
Edited by: JENNYFAYE55 at: 5/7/2013 (07:41)
I am thankful.
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