OY! I'm literally in a pickle. I forgot to brine my corned beef, which is usually is on brine for 7 days. How can I quick- brine my corned beef in time to cook on Saturday for my restaurant's brunch (It's almost Thursday)? And if I do choose to brine for a couple of days vs. the usual week, can I ramp up the pink salt to help it absorb-or is this dangerous? Will the meat look like brown/pink tie-dye? -chef in need!
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Nitrates, 'tender quick' is the Morton brand name..its what gives cured meats a pink color and the flavor your corned beef at a deli. And IMHO essential for curing meats.
Peirce the meat with little knife pricks. Warm up your brine in a pressure cooker. (No, not to pressure cook it). While still warm. put in the beef..and seal...plunge the device into salted ice water to quickly cool---creating a partial vacuum. Then chill as normal and turn it about every 6 hours or so.
I could brine starting at room temp-- would that speed the osmosis? And then put it in the fridge.
Thanks all for your clutch answers.
But, and I honestly do not know here. Maybe using the same proportions and using a 'blade tenderizer'. To pierce the meat and quicken the process You can find those cheep for about 20 bucks..they quicken marinading time for tough meats and shorten cooking time as well.