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So. Salt beef

Postby Pepper Pig » Mon May 11, 2020 10:53 am

One of my big solo eating out treats is a Salt Beef sandwich from one of the Jewish delis round here or, if I’m feeling flush, The Brass Rail at Selfridge’s. Disappointingly whenever I have tried to make salt beef from scratch it has been awful. Has anyone managed it successfully and what do you think constitutes the best salt beef sandwich? Both Costco and Waitrose do the Gilbert’s brand ready for cooking but is that where I’m going wrong?
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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Badger's Mate » Mon May 11, 2020 11:23 am

I had a go years ago, my butcher gave me the curing mixture. It was OK but they do perfectly good salt beef in any case, mine was not any better. I love a salt beef sandwich, either hot with pickles or as a cold cut with Dijon mustard and fresh tomato.

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Pepper Pig » Mon May 11, 2020 11:28 am

Yes. You may be confirming what I’ve been thinking. Not worth the effort.

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Stokey Sue » Mon May 11, 2020 11:35 am

Never tried making it as I’ve never wanted enough to make it worthwhile


I do like a good salt beef sandwich with the emphasis on sandwich - there is a distressing tendency to serve hot salt beef in bagels now, but I prefer a proper salt beef sandwich in light seedy rye bread, thick sliced beef with a fair bit of fat as there’s no butter in a kosher sandwich of course. I miss Kossoff’s on Petticoat Lane.

I’d give the Gilbert’s a try myself

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Pepper Pig » Mon May 11, 2020 11:54 am

I'm the only person I know who doesn't care for bagels. I find them ridicuously chewy.

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Suelle » Mon May 11, 2020 12:44 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:I'm the only person I know who doesn't care for bagels. I find them ridicuously chewy.


I can eat a hot toasted bagel, but can't eat them cold for the same reason you don't like them - too chewy. They become lighter when heated, somehow!
The blog which does what it says on the tin:

http://mainlybaking.blogspot.co.uk/

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Pampy » Mon May 11, 2020 12:48 pm

I've never liked bagels - don't like the consistency and they somehow taste sweet to me - maybe that's the water they're boiled in as that can be sweetened, I think.

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon May 11, 2020 12:50 pm

I remember making delicious home-made bagels 30 or so years ago, from Evelyn Rose's Jewish cooking book.

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Sakkarin » Mon May 11, 2020 3:47 pm

The best salt beef sandwich I've had is not far down the road, B&K Salt Beef Bar in Edgware - once voted the best salt beef bar in London. Classic hot salt beef on rye with gherkin and mustard. I weighed the salt beef, and there was 3/4 of a pound of it! My sarnie in the pic below.

I've tried and failed at homemade salt beef, tried and succeeded at bagel-making.

www.sakkarin.co.uk/foodforumpix/saltbeefsarnie25.jpg

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby PatsyMFagan » Mon May 11, 2020 4:52 pm

That looks delicious :thumbsup :yum

I have had a lovely salt beef sandwich .. years ago and I now have no recollection where :roll: :oops:

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon May 11, 2020 5:39 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:That looks delicious :thumbsup :yum

I have had a lovely salt beef sandwich .. years ago and I now have no recollection where :roll: :oops:


Gabi's, at Leicester Square station perhaps??

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Pepper Pig » Mon May 11, 2020 5:52 pm

That looks Mega Sakkarin. I like!

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby PatsyMFagan » Mon May 11, 2020 9:00 pm

KeenCook2 wrote:
PatsyMFagan wrote:That looks delicious :thumbsup :yum

I have had a lovely salt beef sandwich .. years ago and I now have no recollection where :roll: :oops:


Gabi's, at Leicester Square station perhaps??


I don't think so.. perhaps a market are in the East End ?

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Stokey Sue » Mon May 11, 2020 10:03 pm

You’d possibly get one at Columbia Road, the Sunday flower and plant market, certainly Broadway Market, and of course the mother lode Petticoat Lane
But probably most markets in the area

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Gillthepainter » Tue May 12, 2020 8:33 am

I haven't seen it anywhere here.
The best ingredients in a sandwich I've tried are gruyere and gerkins.

This picture always bugs me though, as I cannot stand the crust.

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And it doesn't look anywhere near as tasty as Sakkarin's.

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue May 12, 2020 10:12 am

I like a Reuben sandwich, which is salt beef with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and “Russian dressing” which is like Marie Rose sauce with extra horseradish and Worcestershire sauce, all piled up on rye bread :yum. Not kosher so you are more likely to get one in an American diner than a N London deli

I also like good pastrami / basturma, the spiced version But it’s very variable. I once had it served cut in thin slivers and cooked until crisp instead of served as nice moist slices. Don’t try this at home.

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Re: So. Salt beef

Postby PatsyMFagan » Tue May 12, 2020 10:39 am

Stokey Sue wrote:I like a Reuben sandwich, which is salt beef with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and “Russian dressing” which is like Marie Rose sauce with extra horseradish and Worcestershire sauce, all piled up on rye bread :yum. Not kosher so you are more likely to get one in an American diner than a N London deli



That reminds me that I did have a Reuben in Canada a couple of years ago :yum

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