Sunday, 3 November 2013

Crockpot Corned Beef with Juniper Berries

Crockpot Corned Beef with Juniper Berries by Carole's Chatter

I usually do corned beef in a large pot on the hob but this time I used our crockpot.  I rinsed the corned beef off (it is sometimes also called silverside) and then popped it into the crock pot and added these things:

Brown sugar – how much depends on how sweet you like it – say a dessertspoon full
Cinnamon stick
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
8 cloves
A pinch of allspice
12 juniper berries
2 bay leaves – crumbled
½ tsp ginger powder
Sliced onion, carrot and celery

Then add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar, ½ a glass of white wine and water to cover the meat.

Cook for 6-8 hours on low.  Let the meat cool in the liquid and then re-heat it to serve.

I thought the juniper berries gave it a nice flavour – but they did make the outside of the meat go a very dark colour and I thought that it resulted in the colour of the carrots and onion being unattractive.  Next time I'd only use about 6 berries.

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  1. Juniper berries! I don't know if we could find them here. Interesting addition to the usual corned beef spices.

  2. I like the flavor of juniper berries, but they do change the color, don't they?

  3. Never heard of adding juniper berries to corned beef. I bet it was good!

  4. I'd like to try cooking with juniper berries sometime!

  5. I've never made corned beef like this, sounds interesting.

  6. I've only made corned beef in a big pot on the stove, so this method sounds much... easier? Less time-intensive. I still don't have a crockpot, though - one of these days!

  7. Corned beef is one my son's favorite meals, this version looks interesting.

  8. Gosh you just reminded me that I haven't made corned beef in ages. I normally do mine in the crockpot too, but I love the addition of all those fragrant spices you've included - got to try that.

  9. I'm glad the crockpot worked for you--I know how you feel about it, LOL! I've never made corned beef or used juniper berries, so two new things for me. Thanks, Carole!


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