Corned Beef and Cabbage - St. Patricks Meal

How to Boil Corned Beef

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Where cold gales blast over screaming drifts of snow, red, numb mouths long for food that's rich and warm. A steaming bowl of boiled, corned beef and vegetables lights tired eyes and reminds us of the day when the sun will come to melt the ice away. Corned beef is among the staple meats: it can mix with anything you choose. Long have we selected cabbage, carrots, turnip, onions, and potatoes. These steps will help you make it well.


  • 1 corned beef brisket
  • 1 flavor packet (or small bottle) of pickling spice
  • 8 to 10 carrots peeled and cut into 2" sections
  • 8 medium-sized potatoes cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 turnip cut into approximately inch (3.8 cm) chunks (don't be too fussy)
  • 8 2" diameter onions peeled and cut in half from stem to root.
  • 1 head cabbage sliced in half then each half cut into 4 even pieces


Boiling the Beef

  1. Submerge the corned beef brisket in a large pot of boiling water boil five hours before you plan to eat; add any included flavoring pack or pickling spice.
    • If your brisket came without a flavoring packet, then you can make your own. Tie four bay leaves, one tablespoon of coriander seeds, one tablespoon whole mustard seeds, and one tablespoon of whole black peppercorns up in a cheesecloth and add it to the boiling water.
    • You can also add a pint of Guinness to give your corned beef a creamy kick.
  2. Add water to the pot to keep beef covered:boiling water evaporates.
  3. While boiling the beef, peel and cut the vegetables into large chunks, which you will add to the boiling water after the beef has cooked.
  4. After 3 1/2 hours of cooking the beef, add the carrots and turnips.At 3 3/4 hours, add the onions and potatoes. At 4 hours, add the cabbage.

Cutting the Beef

  1. Ladle out the cabbage when it is tender and separate the vegetables in a pan.Carefully move the meat from the water to a cutting board. Keep the juice-the water the beef has been boiling in-hot for serving.
  2. Let the corned beef cool for about 15 to 20 minutes.Scrape the fat from the meat with a knife or spoon.
  3. Cutting across the grain, slice the meat into 1-inch thick pieces.
  4. Spoon some of each vegetable into a large soup bowl.Lay a slice of corned beef on top of the vegetables and pour in about 1/4 cup of the juice.

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    Can I cook 2 corned beef in 1 pot?
    Jalynn Stroman
    Community Answer
    You could but it would be better if instead of cooking them in one pot you use two. The process of boiling the corned beef would be much easier and would take less time.
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Quick Summary

To boil corned beef, start by submerging the corned beef in a large pot of boiling water, along with any included flavoring pack or pickling spice. Make sure to check on the water periodically throughout the cooking process and add water as needed to keep the beef covered. While the beef is boiling, peel and cut the carrots, potatoes, and turnips into large chunks, and add them to the pot after 3.5 hours of cooking the beef. After 30 minutes, add the chopped cabbage, then cook for 1 more hour.

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  • Be sure to keep enough water in the pot while cooking.
  • Do not shorten the cooking time. When meat is cooked long enough it is tender and delicious.

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