Do you eat anything special for St. Patrick's Day?
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National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
March 17th celebrates National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day. This seems to be a fitting holiday for St. Patrick’s Day.
Corned beef is a salt-cured beef product. To “corn” something is simply to preserve it in a salty brine (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing).
In the traditional Irish recipe, salt pork or bacon joint were used instead of corned beef. In Ireland, cows were not used for their meat. Cows were used for their dairy. Beef was consumed, only by the wealthy, as a luxury food. Instead of the beef, pork was used to celebrate the holidays.
In the mid 1800′s, when the Irish immigrated to America, they found that Jewish corned beef was very similar in texture to bacon joint (pork). It was then that corned beef was used as a replacement, in their recipes, with boiled cabbage. That was the time that Irish-Americans began having Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.