Sunday, March 20, 2016

Getting My Corned Beef On!!!

No, I didn't use Jonathan for the St. Patrick's day celebration ... he just wanted to say hello!  So far he has survived the almost three month trip to Arizona.  I say "so far" because you never know with birds.  They can look just great one minute and be toes to nose the next.  It's hard to believe he's 40 years old.  At any rate, he said to tell you disco, kitty kitty, whatcha doing and pretty boy!!
After an hour cleaning Jonathan's house, I remembered the corned beef I wanted to cook.  Notice the liner?  I remembered it TWICE in a row (mostly because I had to take the box OUT of the pot).  I trimmed up the meat and tried to fit it in the cooker, but it was WAY too big.  The solution was to cut it into smaller chunks before adding beef broth.  Since I had no idea how long to cook it (there are no crockpot directions in the bag), I set it on low for 8 hours while I dug a hole in the backyard ..... just in case!!
Later in the morning, when I entered my sewing room, I decided it was time for a little reorganization.  The cabinet on the right which  was totally crammed with fabric, needs to be moved to another wall.  Not a cheap piece of furniture ... this things weighs a TON!!!  The top section comes off, but I still need two big men and a boy to move it.  Maybe I can call a moving company.
Since I'm dropping ice cream from my menus, I'm replacing it with one cookie after dinner.  I've got a terrible sweet tooth!!  Now THESE are peanut butter cookies you can wrap your mouth around!!  Can you believe it??  I didn't burn a SINGLE batch.  At least it kept me busy for a couple of hours and all but one ended up in the freezer!  Okay, maybe two!!
Finally, it was time to pull the corned beef out of the crockpot.  WOW did it shrink up or what!!  I sliced it and took my first bite.  Guess I can go fill in that hole I dug.  Although the ends were a little dry, it was YUMMY!!  I must have eaten three pieces before I even sat down to dinner.  No cabbage or potatoes, but the brussel sprouts I cooked the day before went perfectly with it.  I think this is the first corned beef I've ever cooked and I'm so proud it's edible!!
I was too lazy yesterday to go anywhere, so my long list is still awaiting attention.  I added potatoes to the grocery list, as corned beef hash is one of my favorites!!  Never cooked that before either, but I can't wait to give it a try.  I have almost four pounds of meat to eat up!!


13 comments:

  1. Now that you've cooked it you don't have to eat it all at once. Separate it into Freezer bags (Don't forget to mark what it is and date them) so you can occasionally enjoy something different in your diet.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. VERY good idea!! I wasn't sure if this could be frozen or not. There's no way I could eat it all before it spoiled!!

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  2. Makes great grilled sandwich with swiss cheese also.

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    1. Ooooooooh yummy!! I'm definitely trying THAT!!

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  3. It's probably the only thing I can cook well.

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    1. Isn't that funny? I never would have thought I could cook corned beef and have it turn out edible!!

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    1. Yes they ARE, Dave. I don't know why I didn't know about them sooner. Cleanup is definitely a breeze!!

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  5. Freezer bags are great however the best way is to vacuum seal it they last a lot lot longer I do my strawberries from last year and my mangoes from last July I also buy. Tenderloins by the log They're cut the way I want and put in vacuum bags as well The best thing we ever purchased was a vacuum sealer

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    1. I have a really old vacuum sealer, but quit using it because I couldn't find bags. That would be a good idea since I can never eat it all in two or three sittings.

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    2. You can get vacuum bags in Walmart

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  6. Does your sweet tooth know about 3-2-1 cake? Mix one box angel food cake mix and one box any other flavor cake mix in an air-tight container (I use 1 gallon zip-top bag) and hide it. When you want a piece of cake you stir 3 Tbsp cake mix and 2 Tbsp water into a mug and microwave it for 1 minute. Instant, portion controlled treat.

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    1. I've heard of a couple of versions, but haven't tried it until now!! Sounds like less calories than a cookie!! Thanks Linda!!

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