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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10 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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  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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