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  • LJS2 Mar 25, 2013 11:17 AM
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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.

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  1. Nortown does.

    Locations:

    Bathurst/Centre (Promenade Mall)
    Eglinton/Bathurst
    Bayview/York Mills

    Not sure if it closes for Passover. Don't think so, but not 100% sure.

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    1. re: magic

      Thanks for your responses. I will check out Nortown after Passover ends. Would anyone know if Highland Farms has them?

      1. re: LJS2

        Highland Farms has Brandt corned beef. I'm not sure if their deli counter has a house-made version. To me, if you're going to go to the trouble of making pastrami, you may as well spend the extra time and go to La Boucherie at the St Lawrence Market.

        1. re: Googs

          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...

    2. St Lawrence Market

      1. Loblaws and Food Basics have commercial versions from Maple Leaf and St. Helen's, in a cryovac type package.

        1. I am surprised you cannot find it in Costco. It's a frequent item here in NorCal and they had tons of it last week.

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          1. re: Lindsay D47

            All that they have here is Kirkland sliced pastrami, which is cured from the round roast.

          2. 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.

            1. 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.

              DT

               
              1. 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.

                Anyone tried??

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                1. re: magic

                  I believe Rachel's comes from St. Helen's. It's also at Loblaws and Food Basics, and at Costco for $8/kg. I have one in my fridge, ready for slow smoking if the weather breaks this week.

                  1. re: jayt90

                    St. Helen’s yes. I since revised my post to reflect that info.

                    I hope you let us know your thoughts…..

                  2. re: magic

                    I have tried the Rachels/St. Helen's a few times but have not cooked it as directed on the package. I have used it to make pastrami on the smoker. It is very good and, as noted by another poster it is now available at Costco at a great price.

                    1. re: LJS2

                      Much appreciated, LJS2! Thanks!

                      1. re: LJS2

                        Agreed, tried Rachel's and it's quite delish! Simmered at home for 35-40 mins or so.

                        Will definitely be getting it again.