Pressed Corned Beef, Yay / Nay?

(Jimmy ) #1

I thought I had started a topic on this lunch meat. but it might have been submitted on CH.

Here’s my abbreviated backstory: I discovered Pressed Corned beef at the Deli counter of the butcher we frequent. This was well over 20 years ago, when I was still working, and brown bagged my lunch. I grew to love the taste and usually had it for at least two lunches in a five-day work week.

Suddenly, and abruptly, it disappeared from the deli counter offerings. I questioned the butcher and was told that the bulk loaves were a product of Argentina; (sole producer), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture had put the product under embargo and prevented it from being imported to the United States. Crushing news for me.

Years passed and I adjusted my sack meals to other things from the deli.

But then, after years of absence, it came back on the market! We started buying it again, and as I adjusted to the retired lifestyle, I had to find a way to make my lunch time a sandwich making time again. Here’s what a typical slice of Pressed Corned Beef looks like…

It’s expensive, at $7.49 per pound. But than, I justify the cost as an indulgence.

Do you have a take on this product?

(Dan) #2

I can’t say I have ever had pressed corned beef. Please describe the flavor and how it compares to other prepared versions. Thxs.

(John Hartley) #3

Corned beef, such as your photo, is always available amongst the sandwich meats at British supermarket. Tins are also always available (I have been known to make a mean Cornish-esque pasty using it).

Price for the sliced stuff is currently £1.75 per 100g which if I’ve done my weight & currency conversions correctly is $10.19 per pound.

FWIW, the sliced product I mention and which we buy for sandwiches comes from Brazil.

There’s a fairly long history of eating corned beef in the UK. Original supplies, in the 19th century, were from Uruguay, shipped through the port of Fray Bentos - which became the UK’s best known brand name for it (and probably still is). The tins of it feature so hevaily in my third book about the Great War that I put it in the title - “Bully Beef & Biscuits”.

(Jimmy ) #4

This is going to be tough to answer, Dan. It’s not as “corned” as a beef brisket can be made. Much more fat in the slice to bind the meat into a loaf shape. But the Corned Beef flavor is there in more than a hint.

Mouth feel, the loaf is very similar to a tender, well prepared New England Boiled Corned Beef. A slice that separates with the touch of a fork. Best I can say, if you see it in a deli counter near you, ask for a sample to judge for yourself. Sorry I can’t be more definitive than that…

(Dan) #5

Thanks and thanks for calling my attention to it. I will inquire about it locally.

(Jimmy ) #6

John, I think I remember your contributions to the topic when I submitted it to CH.

One of the correspondents back then suggested I try the tinned Hormel Corned Beef. I’d already had experience with that product and considered it much more harsh tasting than the product from Argentina.

Does the slice I pictured resemble the product available in British supermarkets?

(John Hartley) #7

Absolutely. Very much like the packaged sliced product. And the deli counter has a big block of it, to slice to order. We always buy the packaged as there’s a longer fridge life to it.


So not like the cheap Land o Frost packages?
That’s all I’ve ever encountered.

(Jimmy ) #9


(Lulu Sparrow) #10

Jimmy! In Ohio here. Mom used to buy this meat all the time in the 70’s. I loved it on white bread. Where can I find this? Please help! Thanks.

(John) #11

Talk about a blast from the past… back in the 70’s when I was a regular lunch taker I used to buy that stuff for sandwiches. That & chipped ham were my sandwich staples. I haven’t thought about pressed corned beef in years.

(Jimmy ) #12

Hello, Lulu.

The butcher shop we shop has a large and diverse lunch meat and cheese case.

Next time we visit, I’ll ask for the brand name and provider of the pressed corn beef. That will probably allow a search of locations where sold in Ohio.

(Lulu Sparrow) #13

You give me hope Jimmy! I’ve been searching for years. Can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks so much!