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Simmering is the traditional and best way to cook corned beef since it accomplishes several things: it cooks the brisket, tenderizes it and draws out excess salt which is used in the brining process of the brisket.
Here are some specific recommendations for cooking a corned beef brisket:
- Place the corned beef in a large pot and cover it with water.
- You may also add a chopped onion, a few garlic cloves, carrots and celery for additional flavoring.
- Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. This process should take about 3 to 4 hours depending on the size of the brisket.
- When the corned beef is fork tender you can remove it from the pot, let stand for several minutes, and then slice against the grain.
- You may also add potatoes and cabbage to the pot after about 3 hours.
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