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Dec 12, 2007 07:28 AM

Where to buy chipped beef

One of our customers has asked where he can buy chipped beef for his grandmother. Apparently, her favorite butcher/smoke house is no longer in business. We made dried beef cubes from the Sirloin Tip using the USDA process but labeled them as Pet Treats so we can't help. He's in the greater Los Angeles area but I'm sure any good referral within the US will be helpful. Thanks very much.

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  1. Okay. I haven't made this in maybe twenty-five years, but I was always a great fan of creamed chipped beef on toast in my law school days for a late night supper. Although I haven't looked for it in ages, back then every supermarket carried it in the packaged deli section. Thin slices of beef in a plastic bag hanging on a rack. IIRC, I think Leo's was a popular brand. Is this not still true?

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    1. re: Bob Brooks

      My mom used to make this for us growing up and she used Carl Buddig beef in the pouch.

    2. In the canned meat aisle of the grocery store, you should be able to find small glass jars of "dried beef." I think it's Armour brand, but not sure. (These are the thin sheets.)

      1. yes please......if anyone knows where to find/puchase this........i have been searching for where to get chipped beef as well for the past several years to no avail......i had my first taste of this in ohio many many years ago when i was still in school......heard it was a midwest thing........someone in the new york boards said that stouffers has it.....but i could not find it at pathmark where they said carried it

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        1. I don't know if this is helpful, but the restaurant Doughboys has a creamed beef menu item called "SOS." I haven't personally tried it, but everything I've tried there has been very good. It's a great comfort-food place, but can be incredibly crowded during peak lunch/dinner times. Their website is Good luck!

          1. Three years late, but for the benefit of subsequent readers: I went looking for this product recently and yes, it's in the prepared foods section of larger supermarkets along with chili and corned beef hash. Hormel and Armour sell it in those little jars many remember from childhood. But the PROBLEM is that what's inside is now a ground beef product that resembles finely sliced salami instead of the tissue-thin slices of actual meat that used to be sold in similar containers when we were kids. The Armour jar makes this clear on the label; the Hormel jar does not. Thus the current shelf product is what Pringles chips are to actual potato chips. I'm finding the original product online from some midwestern meat packers. From the photos it looks like the real thing.