Corned Beef at Traders Joes - questions
Reading CH I got the impression that TJs has great no-preservative Corned Beef. Ignoring the weirdness of no preservative Corned Beef (why was beef originally corned??) I went to my local TJs - there was a sign outside "Coming Soon- Corned Beef $7.99/lb"
With St Paddy's day approaching I was looking for a corned brisket that I would simmer until tender, add carrots, cabbage, etc - and Expect to pay about $2 - $3 per pound.
Please help me understand what is going on here.
TJ's prices on packaged meats are in many cases just stupid high, is what's happening. Those steakburgers they used to sell, their bone-in pork chops, rack of lamb and whole chickens are (or were) all well-priced... and then they want silly money for a flatiron steak. Or corned beef. Granted, it's a good cut, but you can do much better at a mainstream chain grocery. $2 - $3 might be a bit low, unless you don't mind point cut, but shop around. If you have a Costco handy, they always have decent ones for reasonable.
The corned beef that is 7.99 a pound is already cooked. All you have to do is heat and eat. The uncooked corned beef is selling for 4.99 a pound.
Trader Joe's corned beef is uncurred and nitrate/nitrite free and a very good price for the item. Check comparable item at a store like whole foods an you will pay double. You can not buy no nitrate/nitrite corned beef at the regular grocery store