How to Store Corned Beef
It’s important to always check the “sell by” date of uncooked corned beef, as it should remain in its pouch with pickling juices. You will generally be able to store it in your refrigerator for five to seven days.
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How to Freeze Corned Beef
Prolonged freezing will certainly affect the taste and texture of corned beef, but it will still be safe to eat for up to one month. First, drain the brine to rid the meat of its excess salt. Salt encourages texture changes and can increase the rotting process. Next, wrap the meat tightly (a vacuum sealer is preferred) with plastic wrap and ensure that the air content is minimal. Wrap the beef with another layer of plastic wrap and place into the freezer.
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How to Thaw Corned Beef
There is no need to thaw frozen uncooked corned beef before cooking, as it is typically placed in a slow cooker or a pot of simmering water.
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A deli favorite, the best Reuben sandwiches strike a balance with a good helping of corned beef or pastrami, a bit of cheese, heaps of sauerkraut, and gobs of Thousand Island Dressing. You can serve a Reuben cold, but we love it toasted in a pan and served warm so that the cheese is melty and the dressing oozes out as you take a bite.
What to buy: We like the strong, nutty flavor of Gruyère in this sandwich, but a high-quality Swiss cheese is more traditional.
This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Corned Beef project, our Most Delicious Sandwiches recipe slideshow, and our How to Make Oven-Smoked Pastrami project.