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SWMBO makes a cracking corned beef hash in our slow cooker love the stuff after a cold day at work in the winter months.


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My neighbour had a small aquarium where his kids had put some tadpoles they'd caught. He crumbled a bit of corned beef in there to feed them and they exploded.

Many corned beef brands contain Sodium Nitrite.

On the one hand:
Sodium nitrite is a multifunctional food additive, responsible for the characteristic color and flavor associated with cured meats and, at the same time, providing protection against growth and toxin formation by C. botulinum in cured meats subjected to temperature abuse.
On the other
Sodium nitrite is a powerful oxidizing agent that causes hypotension and limits oxygen transport and delivery in the body through the formation of methemoglobin. Clinical manifestations can include cyanosis, hypoxia, altered consciousness, dysrhythmias, and death.

I can attest to the latter having eaten a whole can at a single sitting when I was at uni. I thought I was going to die. But I didn't so I spent the afternoon at Tower Records instead.
 
Oh oh! I have a thing for this. Hell yeah. So in my career as a chef I've spent a lot of time specializing in charcuterie and food preservation techniques along with the normal day to day gaffs of cooking. making *proper* corned beef is an absolute passion of mine. These are from my most recent corned beef brisket.
 

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Oh oh! I have a thing for this. Hell yeah. So in my career as a chef I've spent a lot of time specializing in charcuterie and food preservation techniques along with the normal day to day gaffs of cooking. making *proper* corned beef is an absolute passion of mine. These are from my most recent corned beef brisket.
I believe the tinned corn beef are hearts which I love in the slow cooker.
My neighbour had a small aquarium where his kids had put some tadpoles they'd caught. He crumbled a bit of corned beef in there to feed them and they exploded.

Many corned beef brands contain Sodium Nitrite.

On the one hand:
Sodium nitrite is a multifunctional food additive, responsible for the characteristic color and flavor associated with cured meats and, at the same time, providing protection against growth and toxin formation by C. botulinum in cured meats subjected to temperature abuse.
On the other
Sodium nitrite is a powerful oxidizing agent that causes hypotension and limits oxygen transport and delivery in the body through the formation of methemoglobin. Clinical manifestations can include cyanosis, hypoxia, altered consciousness, dysrhythmias, and death.

I can attest to the latter having eaten a whole can at a single sitting when I was at uni. I thought I was going to die. But I didn't so I spent the afternoon at Tower Records instead.
Been reading about quick cures for bacon, it's ironic that they use sodium nitrite for humanely dispatching feral pigs. It kills them within 2 hours of eating the bait. They fall asleep and don't wake up again.
For us humans, we eat plenty through eating our veg, especially celery. So is it the processed meat that is harmful or sodium nitrite? And why does the meat have to be heated to 60C when nitrite has been used as a preserver? I am sticking with table salt and curing for a bit longer until I have learned more.
 
I believe the tinned corn beef are hearts which I love in the slow cooker.

Been reading about quick cures for bacon, it's ironic that they use sodium nitrite for humanely dispatching feral pigs. It kills them within 2 hours of eating the bait. They fall asleep and don't wake up again.
For us humans, we eat plenty through eating our veg, especially celery. So is it the processed meat that is harmful or sodium nitrite? And why does the meat have to be heated to 60C when nitrite has been used as a preserver? I am sticking with table salt and curing for a bit longer until I have learned more.

C'mon is not rocket science 😁
 
Oh oh! I have a thing for this. Hell yeah. So in my career as a chef I've spent a lot of time specializing in charcuterie and food preservation techniques along with the normal day to day gaffs of cooking. making *proper* corned beef is an absolute passion of mine. These are from my most recent corned beef brisket.

Ok. I have a vacpac, a knife & a bucket of Lucas.

What else do I need?
 
I believe the tinned corn beef are hearts which I love in the slow cooker.

Been reading about quick cures for bacon, it's ironic that they use sodium nitrite for humanely dispatching feral pigs. It kills them within 2 hours of eating the bait. They fall asleep and don't wake up again.
For us humans, we eat plenty through eating our veg, especially celery. So is it the processed meat that is harmful or sodium nitrite? And why does the meat have to be heated to 60C when nitrite has been used as a preserver? I am sticking with table salt and curing for a bit longer until I have learned more.
I need to read more about sodium nitrate as well then @foxy @An Ankoù , UK corned beef can be eaten unheated. The canned version as opposed to the sliced version cut up thick and grilled with melted cheese on top smothered in beans in a burger is a delight.
 
I need to read more about sodium nitrate as well then @foxy @An Ankoù , UK corned beef can be eaten unheated. The canned version as opposed to the sliced version cut up thick and grilled with melted cheese on top smothered in beans in a burger is a delight.
The corned beef is cooked so I don't think there is anything to worry about there. I haven't got a can so can't see what is in it, If it is canned it shouldn't need a preservative should it?
Actually, there was a problem with Fray Bento's corned beef in the 50's so they could have added some preservatives since then. My favourite is Pacific corned beef from New Zealand I believe.
https://www.aberdeenlive.news/news/history/tinned-beef-started-typhoid-outbreak-6524105
 
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Sodium, potassium and ammonium nitrates should all be treated with care. They are the constituents of various explosives (see previous joke that died) Also used in fertiliser and preserving meat. Dosage & usage is really important.
 

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