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Jun 18, 2012 01:59 PM

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

Hi. We are going camping this summer for 10 nights and I have been thinking of menus and camp stove ideas. One of my favorite treats when I go to diners or out for breakfast is homemade corned beef hash. Now, I have no plans to make my own and bring it with me camping. So, does anyone have a preferred brand of the canned kind? I'm in Massachusetts, so have Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Big Y and Trader Joe's. Thanks!

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  1. I LOVE canned corned beef hash! And frankly, I've yet to meet a brand that has disappointed me. The only two brands that every supermarket around here regularly carry seem to be "Hormel" and "Mary Kitchen". Both are very good.

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      1. re: EWSflash

        Hello. I'm new to this board. Can someone tell me what happened to Mary Kitchen's corned beef hash. It seems much greasier than it used to be, and I can leave it cooking for almost an hour and it never becomes crisp-it just starts burning on the bottom. I've heated it at all different temps to see if that was the problem, but there is no different. I'm looking for another brand-I live in southeast Wisconsin, does anyone know where I can get a decent canned corn beef hash that actually becomes crisp?

        1. re: LuLuLuLuLu

          see shaogo's post below…

          he says don't move/stir the hash, so it will get crispy.

          1. re: alkapal

            Agree. We like Mary Kitchen the best. Use moderately high heat on a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, flatten it as you spread it out and don't touch it for at least 10 minutes. If you have an electric skillet, heat it to just under 375. If it starts spitting and popping, turn the heat down. As it crisps and browns, much of the grease should cook off.

          2. re: LuLuLuLuLu

            I know what you're talking about. What I do is turn it out of the skillet onto a fat layer of paper towels when it's about half to 2/3 done and blot a bunch of the grease out of it, then put it back in and finish it off.

            1. re: EWSflash

              Many years ago Mary Kitchen corned beef hash used to get more crispy during cooking. I don't know what happened to the recipe.

            2. re: LuLuLuLuLu

              When the hash is so greasy, heat it up in a skillet and then turn it out onto a thick bed of paper towels. Roll it up like a burrito, tightly, to exorcise the gease, then dump it onto your plate, cover with a bunch of pepper and devour.

          3. re: Bacardi1

            With the "Mary Kitchen", I get an unpleasant taste, hard to describe, maybe that of meat exposed to air for too long before canning.
            In short, oxidized corned beef, while the classic corned beef taste barely comes across.

            They probably wouldn't care to spend bucks on extra quality control ie nitrogen atmosphere processing etc.

            roll em roll em roll em

            And those little bits of rubbery blood vessel, could do without.

            1. re: Bacardi1

              Hormel makes Mary Kitchen Corned Beef Hash. They are one and the same. The only two brands are Hormel Mary Kitchen and Armour.

            2. I'm in MA, too. I really liked the plastic pouch of shelf-stable roast beef hash that Trader Joe's
              USED to sell. It was labeled as from Argentina, if memory serves. So it was probably re-labeled product from a standing manufacturer, though I've no idea who. You might try tracking them down. I think the "grossery" canned offerings are awful - Mary Kitchen is slightly less horrible than Hormel. One step up from those is Chef-Mate, which I have seen in Costco and BJ's. It's what most restaurants use. Fried long enough to crust, it's pretty good, but it's in a very large can so unless you are sharing with a dozen people, or can refrigerate the unused portion, it's not suitable for your purposes.

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              1. re: greygarious

                Uhm...Mary Kitchen IS Hormel.


                I still preferred homemade corned beef/roast beef hash but Mary Kitchen is the go to if canned hash is going to be consumed.

                1. re: greygarious

                  I join greygarious in mourning the loss of the TJ roast beef hash. I've never seen a comparable product

                  I think Mary Kitchen/Hormel is about as good as it gets.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    TJ's roast beef hash was very good, but it wasn't made from corned beef, was it? Mary Kitchen used to be it for me, but since I started cutting back on fat, I haven't had it or any other CBH in years.

                    1. re: John Francis

                      You;re right, roast beef hash and corned beef hash are not the same, but I mentioned the former product because it fills the same breakfast niche, and the TJ version was markedly better than the canned RB and CB hashes. Haven't looked at this thread in some time - I think what I meant in my previous post was not Hormel but Libby's, now that I think of what the cans looked like.

                  2. I like Mary's Kitchen. I think canned corn beef hash is a very different beast as "real" cornbeef hash. I love both, but canned is my dirty little secret. Have fun camping.

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                    1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                      dirty little secret, indeed. my husband likes to make sweet breakfasts (pancakes, french toast, etc....) but i am searching for something to satisfy my craving (always) for savory. so, while hormel's might be pretty gross, if i fry it up long enough and top it with some runny eggs, i will be a very happy camper after having spent the night on the ground!!! thanks for the replies.

                      1. re: saintp

                        Mary Kitchen is the preferred brand of canned corned beef hash, but it could be considered a little 'gross' to some because it is quite fatty. I remember cooking it after I got out on my own and living in my own place. I had seen my mother serve it out of the frying pan with the poached eggs on top but I didn't know exactly how she heated it up. So I put about 5 tablespoons of oil in the pan first. Wow, talk about greasy.

                        1. re: saintp

                          One of my unorthodox food combinations is to drizzle a bit of maple syrup over (homemade) corned beef hash so there may be common ground between you and your husband!

                        2. In my area of Northern New Jersey, other than Hormel/Mary's Kitchen.....Broadcast and Libby's brands are also available in supermarkets......Wholesale in Number 10 cans for Foodservice....the diners often use a brand named Castleberry.

                          1. When l saw the thread, the only one that came to my mind is Armour corned beef hash. If l go to the new hot breakfast place or neat old diner, always order corned beef hash and it is never IMHO as good as Armour.

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                            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                              YES - "Armour"! That's one of the other brands I couldn't remember before that I also sometimes buy.