I think we need to clarify that most British beef is a LOT different to American beef firstly...
Cheap corned beef is usually from South America which (iirc)are grassfed. However, Brazilian beef has an ethical implication (rainforest etc.). So, in the grand scheme of things...
Asda Smartprice corned beef is Brazilian beef, so it's grassfed, but not necessarily the most ethically sourced beef.
And FWIW, their really is no sugar or salt in the end product (1% or something).
Sugar is a normal ingredient in the brine used to "corn" beef.
Corning your own is pretty easy, if time-consuming. I usually make a corned beef brisket at least a couple of times a year, and we enjoy having it sliced for leftovers for a goodly bit. However, with the exception of not knowing what kind of beef was used for the corning (it seems fatty to me, since the brisket used for corned beef is usually a lot more lean that what's in the cans), it's not a bad choice. Just stay away from the "Corned Beef Hash" -- those usually have a lot of other things that may not be so desirable for some -- including really nasty little chunks of potatoes of questionable origin.
I always feel crappy after eating excessive canned corned beef or SPAM (more than 1/3 of a can, say). Since there is very little in the way of untoward ingredients, I conclude that it's the nitrite.
Food to stock up on for a Zombie Apocalypse... thats about it for me.
FWIW among the fattest people in the World are Tongans and they love there SPAM and canned corn beef, whole aisles of the supermarket are dedicated to it.
Barring an ingredient list and source of the beef, I'm leaning towards Pestilence in a Can.
Edit: Saw the ingredient list. Not bad considering it's from a can; I'm curious as to why the sugar is in there though. Maybe if I was desperate...
corned beef and cabbage. Oh yeah, it's good stuff...taste wise.
But as already stated, it's better than a bagel...but probably not the best for everyday. We do eat it about once a month or so. In my "long term storage" pantry, I've believe in keeping a lot of it on hand just in case. Along with canned chicken, canned pork, canned bacon, other canned beef, canned tuna, A wide variety of canned green veggies, some canned potatoes (along with dehydrated)...
Yeah, some are going to say, "preserved is not paleo"... nope...it's not, but the basic menu can stay the same from a can and if a SHTF day comes...those of us with cans will eat and the "paleo purists" will starve.
I love corned beef - I always keep a few tins in my store cupboard - specifically to make "Red Flannel Hash" (thank you, Sophie Grigson!).
Easy, very wide nutrition base, and super delicious.
A fried egg on top finishes it off wonderfully!
Love canned corned beef. My girlfriend thinks I'm some kind of abomination, but of all processed meats I find this stuff the most satisfying. Of course I would take some good steak over it, if only they sold "good steak" for two bucks a can.
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