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Contrary to how it sounds, corned beef isn’t laced with or soaked in corn. Rather, the “corn” here refers to large grains of salt. This salt is used to cure beef briskets, hence the name “corned beef”.
Curing is a preservation process for most meat, fish, and vegetables. It involves rubbing salt or salt infused solutions on them. This helps to keep microbes away and prevent spoilage.
Cooking with corned beef usually makes a delicious meal. However, since it’s already infused with salt, you’ll want to be careful with how much more you add to the meal during preparation.
If you’re looking for where to find and buy the best corned beef, keep reading. We’ve prepared a short guide to help you out.
Where do I find corned beef in the grocery store?
The first and most obvious to find corned beef is the meat section. They’re kept in vacuum sealer bags, which are similar to Ziploc bags. But the vacuum sealers are much more durable.
Alternatively, you can head to the Canned goods aisle. You’ll find the canned version of corned beef there. You’ll also find other food items like peas, red beans, and potatoes in cans.
Stores to check for corned beef
Amazon is one of the best online stores to buy groceries from. Besides that, you can get anything from electronics, toiletries, kitchenware, and even books. On Amazon’s website, you’ll find corned beef from popular brands like Goya, Libby’s and Hormel.
- GOYA Corned Beef Ez Open ready to serve and eat
- Can be prepared in the microwave or on the stove top
- Premium quality
- Is great all by itself or use in a variety of dishes.
- If it's Goya… it has to be good!
- HGP (no hormones added) & Antibiotic free
- Grass-fed Premium High quality Australian beef (Angus)
- Chunkier & juicier than others on the market
- HACCP/SQF, USDA certified, SQF (Aust) certified
Walmart has varieties of corned beef in cans. The pricing starts from $1 and amps up to $19. You can get more information about the products on the online store. You’ll also see the correct aisle to visit, since the website has a store locator. Use the feature to find where corned beef is kept. Walmart has the following shopping options if you prefer to order online; home delivery, in-store and curbside pickup.
Kroger has a deli department inside the physical store. You can find freshly cut and cured corned beef, and also quality steaks, there. Like Walmart, the store’s online platform has all the information you need about their meat. If you also have a SNAP EBT card, you can use it to make purchases.
Meijer is one of Kroger’s rivals in the retail chains. Both stores offer the best price deals for groceries. So if you want cheap offers for high quality products, these are the store’s to visit. The store’s website also has an online locator. This will help you find the right aisles and branches nearby where you can buy your corned beef.
Trader Joe’s sells its own brand of corned beef. However, you can’t get it online. This is because the store doesn’t offer delivery services. So if you want the item brought to you at home, you’d have to use food delivery services like Instacart or Shipt.
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods is the best grocery store to visit if you want purely organic and fresh produce. Their meat comes from Wellshire Farms, and is exclusively cut and made for Whole Foods Market. So you can’t get the same quality or standard anywhere else. Unfortunately, like Trader Joe’s, you can’t order the meat online. You’d have to find a branch of the store close to you, or use food delivery services.
Walgreens is another store where you can get corned beef at cheap prices. The Libby’s corned beef brand goes for $5.29. You might even be lucky enough to find lower deals.
Let’s retrace our steps!
Where do I find corned beef in the grocery store? You can find corned beef at the meat department. Another place to check is the canned goods aisle. The best stores to check for corned beef are:
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods Market
Need help finding other meats and grocery items? Hit the links below:
- Where to find barbecue sauce in the grocery store
- How & where to find curing salt in the grocery store
- Where to find peppercorn in the grocery store
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