Brine for Corned Beef and Pastrami

Corned beef and pastrami sandwich
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Enough brine for 2-3 lbs of beef
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This brine perfects for making corned beef or pastrami from beef brisket.

What You'll Need

  • 4 quarts/3.8 L water
  • 1 cup/120 mL k salt (kosher)
  • 12 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL pickling spices
  • 8 bay leaves

How to Make It

Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the salt and up to 2 tablespoons/30 mL saltpeter (optional). Stir until the salt is completely dissolved. Allow to cool. Stir in the garlic, pickling spices and bay leaves. The brine is now ready for use. For brining, always use a non-reactive, airtight container like plastic or stainless steel.