I live paycheck to paycheck. That being said, I had to wait until payday, add my absent-minded memory in the mix and there I was scrambling yesterday to hunt down some corned beef to prepare this morning.
I went to one store; they only had point cut (blah!). Then another store was completely out of any cut. Ok, what’s going on? Is there a corned beef shortage I don’t know about? Called another store, close to my daughter’s sitter. They had some. (YEAH!). No, not yeah. I get there and they want $5.99/lb. Seriously…$30 for one piece of meat. It’s not prime rib, for goodness sake!
The hunt continues and I managed to get it at Costco. Now I was going for a flat cut, but I settled for round, because that’s what they had and I had tried five stores by this point, my dogs were waiting for me at home and I still needed to make dinner on top of my normal night routine. I ended up paying $20.28 for one piece of meat.
I know beef prices are getting out of control. I have never paid that much for corned beef – EVER! I mean, don’t they know the history of the Irish? Don’t they realize we’re not generally well off to afford food at those prices? I mean many of us are trying to catch those blasted leprechauns for their gold ya know.
If it wasn’t one of my favorite meals, I’d have told them what I thought of their outrages price hikes. Heck, at this rate, I’ll be back to eating potatoes for my main food staple.
Now that I have secured my precious cut of meat, for the holiday that acknowledges the green in all of us, it’s time to get ready to cook that delicious, mouth-watering, can’t get enough of it, corned beef.
You could do the whole boil on the stove method, where you have to be home for hours on end, or you could simply use the crock pot. I have been using this method for over 5 years and it’s simply the way to go. I never looked up how to cook corned beef in the crock, but this is how I do it, it works, it’s yummy and I’m only sad I can’t do two at a time.
Crock Pot Corned Beef
- Open corned beef package and empty into crock pot.
- Remove the seasoning packet.
- Fill with water until meat is covered.
- Add seasoning packet (optional)
- Add 1/4-1/2 cup white vinegar. (I eyeball it, so I don’t have an exact measurement)
- Put lid on
- Set timer for 6-8 hours
It’s really that simple. Always turns out perfectly. If you want actual slices, versus pieces, then I would lean toward the 6-hour cooking time. By 8-hours, it should pretty much fall apart. This is where you see what your skill level is when removing it from the crock to platter it.