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 Review; Aldi's brand Brookdale Canned Corned Beef, 12 oz.
SteelonSteel  [Member]
5/8/2008 11:02:54 AM
I stocked up on 1/2 a dozen of these for the larder.

I've used half of them in the last six months.

My initial impression upon opening the can is that there surely is enough fat to give calories when needed. Lots of fat, unfortunately I don't need extra fat at the moment.

The first can I made into home made hash. The corned beef is already chopped/ground and has a burger like texture. Add potatos, onion, carrot, and spices and it makes a good hash. Finish with eggs and toast or simply serve as is for dinner. I rate it a solid B+ on the first can.

Second can was the same. Good for hash. consistent texture of beef with little bits of " unidentified tissue". No big deal in hash, it's natural and I can live with some bits. Another solid B+.

The third can that I made up recently, I didn't like the extra fat this one seemed to have so I lightly par boiled it to avoid the un needed calories. I strained it over the sink and tossed the corned beef into a glass bowl and chilled it in the refridgerator to make a corned beef salad spread for lunch. When it had cooled I took it out and immediately saw lots of identifiable non meat tissue. This can had lots and lots of ground up blood vessels in it. Some were about 3/8 inch in diameter, most were smaller and no piece was over 1/2 an inch long. That doesn't make it inedible, just god damned unsightly. I picked about 2 1/2 tbsps of chopped up blood vessels out of the 12 oz. of corned beef.

This is a bit over the top in my book. My thought was.......hmmm, floor sweepings, and that if they were going to pack it in with the beef, they ought to grind it enough to be unidentifiable. Once I picked out the objectionable material it made an ok corned beef salad (add mayo, mustard, and picklerelish and make sammiches). Definitely makes a better hash than a corned beef salad. Will eating blood vessels kill me, no of course not, do I want them to be in big pieces in my food, A BIG NO! So this last can I give a D-.

Other inexpensive Aldi treats under thier Brookdale name are a spam copy, a canned roast beef, and a canned corned beef hash. The spam and corned beef hash are both better than name brand counterparts. I haven't prepared the roast beef yet.


SoS
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Feral  [Moderator]
5/8/2008 11:37:18 AM

Originally Posted By SteelonSteel:
I picked about 2 1/2 tbsps of chopped up blood vessels out of the 12 oz. of corned beef.


Yummy!

I'll betcha a hunk o' cow missed the grinder somehow. The other cans have the same cow parts in 'em, just ground better.

Good review.
warlord  [Member]
5/8/2008 1:35:13 PM

Originally Posted By Feral:

Originally Posted By SteelonSteel:
I picked about 2 1/2 tbsps of chopped up blood vessels out of the 12 oz. of corned beef.


Yummy!

I'll betcha a hunk o' cow missed the grinder somehow. The other cans have the same cow parts in 'em, just ground better.

Good review.
If that is the only thing in the ground meat then you've got it made. Many times there are bone chips from the mechanical separators because they aren't that good.
Waldo  [Moderator]
5/8/2008 1:45:29 PM


Most of the canned corned beef is like that. Even the name brand stuff, in my experience.

Makes hot dogs look good.