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Corned Beef with no spice packet?

Hank | | Mar 16, 2006 08:54 PM

I'm going to make corned beef and cabbage (and potatoes, carrots, onions and celery) for the first time tomorrow. I just bought a 3-pound corned beef and was surprised to find there was no “spice packet” included. The meat was packaged as “corned beef brisket” as opposed to just beef brisket, so I assume there has already been some kind of curing prior to packaging.

I have some garlic cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves in the house, but no allspice berries or cloves, etc.

Will I still get the traditional “corned beef” flavor I’m after or do I need to get some additional spices?