One thing we had a lot of when I was kid was corned beef. Mum always stored a can in the fridge (?) and out it came for sandwiches in the main with pickle lol. It was a cheap thing to buy back in the good old days and just the other day I was saying to my boyfriend just how expensive it is nowadays and for that reason I don't buy it very often at all.
Forgetting that conversation whilst I was clearing out my kitchen cupboards due to moving I stumbled across a can of this and was really pleased. I used half for a quick corn beef hash for my lunch and half on a sandwich with some tomato in the evening...that day I really didn't go hungry!
The corn beef comes in a can, almost square in shape apart from a slight narrowing to the top and the label is dark blue and on that we are told what it is and who it by and then on the back of the can other information listed includes the ingredients used, a full nutritional chart is stated as is the size (which in my case was a 340g size can though other sizes are available) and contact details for Princes are given. There is a little ringpull attached to the can and all you do is slide the little piece of free edged can through the hole on the pull and wind.
I've never had an issue opening a can to be fair!
The Corned Beef:
Once you have pulled the can apart you are left with a big piece of meat that looks like its partially covered in white lard. Corned beef is basically beef that has been 'cured' by salt and because its cured you can eat it as it is or use it for cooking.
This is really nice stuff. The meat is soft, slightly mushy when your eating it and its salty but not overly so. It has a slight grease to its flavour but again I like that. Its easy to slice and great and flavoursome in a sandwich. As I mentioned earlier I made a sort of corn beef hash with half of my tin and all that was was frying off a little of this meat with some grated potato and onion, a pinch of cumin and half a tin of chopped tomatoes with a crumble of an oxo cube left to simmer for a while and it went mushy and a bit like smooth mince in flavour and it was really lovely!
I really like this Princes Corned Beef. Its quite soft in texture with no hard bits and versatile but above all its tasty and beefy. With 226 calories per 100g and 14.0g of fat I like this as an occasional treat.
Available in all good supermarkets and a can this size costs around about 2 pounds a tin.
Review also posted on Ciao.
well done !!! princes with your new opening of the corned beef tin ,no more cut fingers ,also like the new reduced salt corned beef
I find corned beef very versatile and tastes better than mince. My only complaint is the opening of the can. So much so I'm thinking of stopping buying it. The new ring pull tins are worse than ever. I can't even get them started. The others were bad enough but as I get older I find them very difficult. I have to enlist my husband's help and he has difficulty too. Why can't corned beed be in normal tins like everything else?
Prince of all Corned Beef!!
I really do enjoy corned beef I think it is hankering for the past as when I was growing up my mother would have now and again corned beef and Salad one of the meals I used to recall we had in the summer months. I suppose thinking back it was quick and easy to prepare.
Now I always keep a tin in the larder. I like slicing the chilled corned beef and placing it in batter and frying it to make corned beef fritters a lovely treat . Obviously one should not have it to often one must think of the calories.
Often it is put into sandwiches or made into Corned Beef Hash. There are so many different ways that you can use this and it is very versatile.
So what is Corned Beef it is finely minced corned beef in gelatine which is normally imported from Argentina,Brazil and Uruguay.You can purchase at the supermarket freshly sliced if you do not like it in tins.
Corned Beef has been around a long time as it was the main food of the British Army in the Boer War to World War 2.
The packageing is in the distinguished tin shape which is known for corned beef and it is very eye catching and this brand of corned beef is the usual recognisable colours which you know is Princes..
I usually go for Princes as it does a reduced salt and fat version and i like the taste compared to the other brands if it is the tin otherwise I go for the freshly sliced at the Deli counter.
I recently bought a 200g tin of Corned Beef from Asda for £1 after a long time away from this sumptuous feast of tinned meat. The reason for my delay in returning to the meat was purely to do with opening the tin.
Too many times the pesky Corned Beef tin key has defeated me, either by getting stuck or by cutting into my finger and putting me off ever wanting to eat the loved cooked meat.
However I got an urged for tinned corned beef and decided I'd try Princes as they seemed to be the best quality brand on the shelf. I got my 200g tin home and tried out the key on the side of the tin. It was still the same process of slowly ravelling up the key to rip the tin open, which still felt a tad dangerous but was easier than it used to be and before I knew it I was using a sharp knife to dislodge the meat from the tin and watch it full onto a plate in a lumpen state.
The tin itself is a small blue rectangular one with a picture of some corned beef on it and the Princes logo, there are larger and smaller tins in the range and you can also buy plastic packed Corned Beef if the thought of the tin intimidates you too much.
Once I had the meat on my plate, I began cutting through it into large chunky Corned Beef slices, in a 200g tin there is enough for a lunch for two and enough to store in the fridge for future use.
It is possible to eat the meat cold, within sandwiches, to cook it as a corned beef hash or to enjoy it with jacket potatoes or similar. My preference is to eat it cold with bread, cheese, pickles and other sundry ingredients. It has a lovely beef flavour and the corn is very prevalent. The taste is fresh and lovely and I really think this is an underrated meat which is great value.
Cooked Beef (84%), Beef (12%), Salt, Sugar, Preservative (Sodium Nitrite).
nutrient per 100g
Energy kCal 223 kCal
Energy kJ 930 kJ
Protein 24.8 g
Carbohydrate 0.5 g
Fat 13.5 g
As you can see in 200g there is nearly 450 calories so this isn't a meat to go eating every day, this is a high calorie treat. At £1 its worth buying a few tins as it can be stored for ages and kept for a day when you want to pig out.
The product is available in all decent supermarkets.
I have always been a big fan of corned beef, since I was a young lad. I would always ask my Mum to give me corned beef butties, and she often would.
Nowadays I don't just use it on butties, I often use it for corned beef hash and salads.
For those who don't know how to make corned beef hash, do not do what I did when I first got married. I added baked beans to a pan of corned beef (which I had cut up) and then mashed the two together. All I got was a mush.
What I had forgotten was the mashed potato, which my wife found hilarious. The beans should have simply been added to the side of my plate once the corned beef and mash, had beeen mashed together and heated. I felt a right idiot:-)
Princes corned beef is made with 100% beef and can be quite fatty. Upon opening the tin, with the key provided, you will need to prize out the cob of beef (be careful not to cut yourself). Then scrape off any fat from the outside of the corned beef.
There are various size tins. The one I am reviewing is the 340g tin. It cost me about £1.30, if I remember rightly, which I think is great value. In each 100g expect 223kcal. It will also consist of an average 13.5g per 100g, which of course is very high. So if you are on a diet or watching your weight, you may wish to keep clear of this product. You can see the bits of fat within the meat, but if you have it in a buttie, or in corned beef hash, it is not something you will see.
Personally I love this corned beef. Princes is a very highly regarded make, and I recommended this to all.
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When it comes to corned beef, I only have one brand on my mind and it's Princes corned beef. It has proven its quality all through the years. It's easy to prepare and excellent standby meal for everyone.
One of the famous recipe is the corned beef hash which can be cook in various ways but I prefer mine with sliced potatoes that have to be fry until cooked, then followed by onions and thinly chopped garlic. Lastly I add the corned beef and continue to mix them all together. I also sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper to add more flavor. We usually have them with rice, a very satisfying meal. I also tried them with sandwich and it's also tasty. Perfect for anyone who are always on the go and want a meal in minutes.
As you open the tin, the corned beef come out in a solid, lump with a jelly coating on the sides which I usually scrape off. However the beef content totals 96% which makes it more impressive considering the tasty strong beef flavor that I really prefer.
Available at all supermarkets and small shops. It is often on offer that makes it even better value for money.
(per 100g )
Energy kCal 223 kCal
Energy kJ 930 kJ
Protein 24.8 g
Carbohydrate 0.5 g
Fat 13.5 g
This information may be useful to weight watchers.
Although I'm not having them in a regular basis. I must admit I always have Princes in my cupboard, it's a good back up meal if you want a quick and easy to prepare menu. Eventhough it cost a bit more than its competitor, the quality, and taste makes it really worth paying for and I wouldn't bother choosing other brand of corned beef that contains too much preservatives. For me, this product is perfect and versatile. It has a five year shelf life and also available in smaller tins. I highly recommend this product and I cannot ask for more to my Princes.
Thank you for reading ;-D
We enjoy a variation of corned beef hash to eke out the budget at least once a month. It keeps well in the fridge and if there is any left over can be warmed up for lunch the following day.
Fry a couple of onions till dark golden brown then add cubed corned beef and fry for a further couple of mins - the beef will start to fall and stick to the pan - this will add flavour so you prob won't need to add salt or oxo etc. Add around 2 pounds of cubed potatoes and 3 or 4 carrots diced or sliced, and 1 large sweet potato cut into chunks. Cover with water, boil up then simmer for around 45 mins or so. Remember to scrape all the tasty bits from the bottom of the pan as it is cooking. The sweet potato will fall and make a wonderful creamy hash. Really tasty!!
Although I'm not a great fan of tinned meat I must admit I like to keep a can or 2 of corned beef in store as it's comes in handy because it's a pretty versatile item. I like it thinly sliced with piccalili or Branston in a sandwich/ baguette or bap but I also like it cubed in a mixed salad - my favourite though is when I make a corned beef hash.
I'm a bit dubious about the actual meat content (it only tells me on the label that it's 'beef') & I tend tend to stick to Princes rather than cheaper brands. The last time I bought some it cost £1.19 for 340g from Qualitysave & it looks just as it does in the photo.
I've yet to find an easy-to-open container but Princes' key is fairly easy to use compared to some - I can never get round the whole of the top in one go though & usually have to resort to using a can opener.
All the nutritional information, storage guidelines & ingredients are listed on the label - I won't bore you with the list but if, like me you are watching your weight, then it may be good to know that 100g contains 223 calories & 13.5g of fat. It doesn't seem to contain much in the way of additives compared to some corned beef & obviously removing fat before ( & during cooking) helps reduce the fat content.
If I'm making a corned beef hash & being generous with the added vegetables I find that 1 tin will give 4 substantial helpings (lovely with brown sauce). If I'm slicing it thinly (after removing excess fat) I'd expect to get around 10-12 slices so I think it's good value.
I like both the taste & texture of Princes' corned beef & the colour is more appealing than some others I've seen which appear a bit grey. It's not too chewy either & is easy to slice/ cube if you leave it in the fridge before dealing with it.
Although it contains salt & sugar the taste isn't too much & it seems to bring out the taste of the beef rather than overwhelm it.
If you like corned beef then I think Princes is well worth trying - although we don't eat a lot I've never been disappointed.
During the winter months I make lots of stews and casseroles, one of my favourites is corned beef hash. For those that don't know, corned beef hash is a stew made up of potatoes, onion, carrots, gravy and of course, the eponymous corned beef!
I bought two cans of Princess' corned beef just before Christmas, in order to make my favourite winter stew. It was around £1.50 for a 340g tin, which had a ring pull to help you to open it.
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100g of corned beef contains:
Protein: 24.8 g
Carbohydrate: 0.5 g
Fat: 13.5 g
Cooked Beef: 84%;
The corned beef come out of the tin in a solid, lump and I usually cut it into cubes to add to my stew. The fat content is quite high and you can tell by the consistency, it seems rather fatty. However the beef content totals 96% and I think this figure is quite impressive for a canned meat product.
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This corned beef does taste a little salty but it is very tasty and is gorgeous in a stew, it has a strong beef flavour. When you cook it the meat separates and enters the gravy. It helps to create the ultimate winter warmer - corned beef hash.
You can also use this meat as a sandwich filler, this isn't something I have done, but I have tasted the meat uncooked and it is equally as tasty.
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I think that this is a great product, not only is it tasty, but it has a high beef content and a five year shelf life.
Personally I wouldn't buy any other brand of corned beef because I think this product is perfect. You may pay a little extra, but you are paying for quality. I highly recommend it.
I make a wicked corned beef hash, it's my signature dish and that's kinda sad because all it is is mashed potato and corned beef! lol There's an art to the seasoning though and everyone who's tried it has loved it, I say anyway! lol
When I make it I always crumble up 2 tins of Princes Corned Beef into little bits and mash it through the hot buttery potatoes. It's wicked any time but in the winter it's proper good comfort food, and that's why I cooked it tonight!
We've ALWAYS used Princes, I didn't even know there were other brands of tinned corned beef available. It's wicked, I don't need to try another brand anyway because this one is soooooo tasty.
It's got a horrible jelly coating on the sides so I have to scrape that off first but once it's gone you're left with a wedge shaped piece of corned beef. You can slice it and because it's quite a solid meat it won't crumble everywhere even though you do get some crumbs fall off the sides.
When I use it for corned beef hash I chop it into small cubes and crumble them into a bowl with my fingers and that works good because you get a mix of small and large pieces and they add interest to the meal.
It's got a lovely flavour. It's meaty with a salty taste, the texture is soft so it will melt in your mouth and this corned beef is also lovely and moist. I think it's a million times better than the slices of corned beef you can get and it also melts better because I think the slices go a bit soggy when you put gravy or other hot things near them.
I buy the 340g tin and the last one I brought was £1.52 in Asda, it's available at all the supermarkets and this is the brand that most of the small shops stock as well. You can buy smaller tins and there's also a reduced salt version, I brought that by mistake once and I say avoid it unless you deffo need to lower your salt intake because it's proper boring.
The Corned Beef is as always fantastic HENCE THE RATING OF 5 STARS, but the new pull ring tin is a serious danger to consumers, especially the elderly. Today I tried and tried to open this tin only succeeding in pulling it half of the way and had to gouge out the cornbeef making it look a mess, certainly no nice slices were able to be achieved from the block. It took me ten minutes to even start to open this tin. I am a pensioner and as you get older you lose strength in your fingers and hands, PLEASE GIVE US A SIMPLE TIN THAT YOU CAN USE A TIN OPENER ON. Even the younger people in our family have great difficulty in opening this pull can. The old key was even a better option that the present tin.
PLEASE PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS CAN, I AM SURE HEALTH AND SAFETY WILL BE INTERESTED IN INVESTIGATING.
This is one of those products which I always keep in the cupboard - well in the fridge actually - as it is very versatile.
The design of the can has changed recently which makes it much safer than it used to be. The base of the can is now has a ring pull similar to a can of Coke and it pulls the base off. This is better than the key system they used to have and is shown above. I find that if I use a tin opener on the top of the can it comes out a bit easier as the vacuum is released and it should slide out of the tin fairly easily.
If you chill the tin in the fridge before you open it you will find that it is much easier to slice. It sometimes has a bit of jelly/fat stuff around the meat which I don't really like so I scrape it off.
I like corned beef in sandwiches with lots of brown sauce or in the summer for a quick snack with a few new potatoes. I'm not a big fane of corned beef Hash - I just don't like the texture but there are plenty of people out there who will disagree with me.
Princes Corned beef is great as it doesnt contain as many preservatives as other corned beef makes. It is often on offer at Tesco as well which makes it even better value for money. This is a great corned beef hash recipe. It feeds 4 for around 50p per serving. I make it once every 2 weeks or so. ...
Ingredients for Corned Beef Hash
350g / 12oz Corned Beef, diced
50g / 2oz Butter
1 tbsp Oil
275g / 10oz Boiled Potatoes, sliced
2 Medium Onions, chopped
Salt and Pepper
Fried eggs to serve (optional)
How to make the Corned Beef Hash
Heat 25g / 1oz of the butter and oil in a large frying pan and gently fry the sliced potatoes, turning occasionally for 5 minutes or until brown - do not mash. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm.
Add the remaining butter to the pan and fry the onions for 5 minutes until soft and golden.
Add the corned beef and reserved potatoes, salt and pepper and heat thoroughly, turning all the time.
To serve you Corned Beef Hash - pile into a pyramid onto a hot serving dish and top with fried eggs if using. Serve very hot.
There are many different quality brands of corned beef on the market which also vary vastly in price. In my experience the old adage 'you get what you pay for' certainly holds true regarding tins of corned beef.
Amongst the top three brands, the other two being Fray Bentos and John West, Princes Corned Beef is reassuringly expensive at about £1.40 per tin. Slightly more salty than its rivals, with a more reddish colour to it rather than the customary light brown, it can be quite a work of art trying to open one of these tins, which you have to do by peeling off the attached church key and threading a small steel band through the eye of the key and twisting the key continuously until the tin has been 'peeled'. Having gone through this ordeal, things do not get much easier, as it still needs to be forced out of the extremely weird shaped tin which is no mean feat in itself. Why the manufactures seem so set on making their corned beef as 'hard to get at' as possible. is totally beyond my comprehension.
Having successfully opened the tin ( please count your fingers) and actually removed the block of Princes Corned Beef away from its imprisonment (of which Alcatraz would be proud), the corned beef itself has an appetising aroma of spices, salt and beef.
The taste of Princes Corned Beef is very appealing, with a nice subtle blend of those spices and beef all combining to give a full-flavoured meaty assault on the taste buds. Princes Corned Beef also has a good solid texture to its contents with a little fat around the edges which presumably is to keep the contents fresher and for the corned beef to slide out of the tin more easily.
I think it is very important to keep the corned beef refrigerated until needed, that way it slices perfectly, rather than just crumbles into a mish-mash of goo.
Princes Corned Beef is extremely versatile. Use it sliced in sandwiches, an ingredient for hash, a replacement for meat in stews, or simply just with chips, this product is the perfect accompaniment for almost anything!