[email protected]_is_not_a_real_address.com wrote: > On impulse, I picked up a brisket that was on sale. > > I've never made brisket. When I got it home, I realized that it was > corned. > > Can I still use a brisket recipe such as: > > http://beef.allrecipes.com/az/MidwstBriskt.asp > > What exactly does "corned" change? Well, corned beef is not very good for you because it has lots of salt and sodium nitrate (salt peter) in it. The salting process takes several weeks and tenderizes the meat all right, but adds lots of sodium. You could try and soak the chemicals out of it, but won't get all of it out. Yes, you can use any brisket recipe, but I would look up corned beef recipes. Corned beef hash is really good as is corned beef and cabbage. Speaking of processed meat, if you have never had a fresh ham, meaning it is not smoked and cured, it is at least as good as the smoked ham. Smoking meat, along with adding preservatives like nitrates and nitrites are strongly implicated in cancer. I wouldn't eat any of the stuff personally, but I'm vegetarian anyway. It won't kill you right away probably. Ha. If you ever want to try to wean yourself off of meat for health reasons, you will find after a couple of weeks without meat, that you don't crave it. Not only that, but all meat starts smelling rotten like there is something wrong with it.