ISO Corned Beef
Just before St. Patricks day I found a recipie for Pastrami. Rather than brining a brisket it called for a corned beef that gets a two day water bath then reseasoning with Pastrami spices then smoked, steamed etc. At the time Longos had lots of them. I picked up a small one and cooked it. It was fantastic. Now I can't seem to find corned beef anywhere. I checked Longos, Costco and Metro. No luck. I am looking for 3-4 lbs pieces. Is there a place In the GTA that regularly stocks this? I live in the west end and work in the north end so I am pretty flexible in terms of location.
I just saw an interesting looking brand of pickled, make at home corned beef at Longo’s on Dundas/Bay.
Called Rachel’s Original Deli Corned Beef Brisket. Looks to have some nice spices, and the meat looks nice. A product of St. Helen’s Meat Packers out of Toronto.
Okay, since I saw this I've been intrigued. I picked up a small Shopsys corned beef the other day and decided to dive into the smoked deli meat world. Sorta.
Anyway, I made Montreal Smoked Meat and all I can tell you is it turned out ridiculous. Seriously, this was amazing.
So, what I did was;
1 pt. salt, 1 pt. salt free Montreal steak seasoning, 1/2 pt. ground pepper. Mix.
Placed the corned beef in a tupperware container and covered with spice mix. thoroughly.
Marinaded for a day.
Built my fire and got the smoker rockin'. Smoked the meat for 3 hours @ 250°
1/2 hour in a steamer.
Slice and put on a nice Munich style Dimpflmeyer's rye.
Did 2 sandwiches, 1 with Keen's and 1 with Super Extra Hot Caplansky's mustards. The Caplansky's was better but not by much.
Best place to get what you are looking for is The Village Grocer. The owner, Evan, does his own home-made corned beef in-house, and it's absolutely fantastic. I don't go anywhere else to get it now.
The store itself was built 28 years ago and was located on Main Street in Unionville, but they've since relocated to a newer location just at the tip of Unionville, at 16th and Kennedy (they've been there two years I believe). It's really unbelieveable and they will let you sample it before you buy it (I get mine, shaved, a couple of times a week... then do it up on a great rye bread with some nice tangy mustard... how can you go wrong!!).
I strongly urge driving out there if it's even a bit out of your way. The staff are so friendly and the store itself is so lovely and aesthetically pleasing. They've got quite a following.
Also... Evan also does his own maple sugar ham, black forest ham, delicious keilbassa sausage, killer pepperettes and landjaeger sausage..
So I hope I've been convincing but I can't speak more highly of this place in terms of the quality of their meats (corned beef especially) among other things I haven't mentioned yet that you'll find elsewhere in the store.
Here's the location:
The Village Grocer
4476 16th Ave Markham, ON L3R 0M1
They're open today until 6 pm I believe.
Thanks. I intend to try the ones from Nortown and SLM soon. SInce i last posted I was able to find what I was looking for at Starsky in Mississauga. I have also learned that Longos carries St. Helens regularly. They are sold out right now because of the St. Patrick's day demand. BTW, if anyone wants the recipie, Google "Third Eye Pastrami". Its a keeper...