To wonder why corned beef is so expensive?

(37 Posts)
VestaCurry Sat 19-Jan-13 09:49:44

I saw a documentary years ago about how it was made. Any old bit of shite from a cow, all mashed up in a mashing thing, then shaped into er....whatever shape.

Don't get it. Mashing and shaping is not that ££££.

bedmonster Sat 19-Jan-13 10:12:25

How expensive is it?

bedmonster Sat 19-Jan-13 10:12:55

How expensive is it?

BatmanLovesNoelFielding Sat 19-Jan-13 10:17:27

I was surprised when I went to get some for a 'cheap' meal with cheesy jacket potatoes and beans - £2.50ish for just a Tesco version, small can.

mrsjay Sat 19-Jan-13 10:19:08

buy it sliced much cheaper most places will sell it our grocers sells it fresh ( well as fresh as corned beef is) is occasionally buy it for a sandwich

BertieBotts Sat 19-Jan-13 10:19:24

It is expensive isn't it. I thought it was supposed to be a cheap meal ingredient too but never buy it any more.

BertieBotts Sat 19-Jan-13 10:20:09

It's normally cheaper by weight in a tin TBH - 3 slices in tesco is about £1.50!

EwanHoozami Sat 19-Jan-13 10:20:19

It's gone up maaa-hoosively in price in the last year. I don't bother anymore, might as well get a bit of mince.

mrsjay Sat 19-Jan-13 10:21:24

3 slices in tesco is about £1.50!

spose if you are buying it for a dinner then the tin works out cheaper, as i said i only buy a few slices and have it on white bread with hp sauce blush

EwanHoozami Sat 19-Jan-13 10:21:49

Has the fact it's usually from Argentina got anything to do with it?

BertieBotts Sat 19-Jan-13 10:22:00
eggs11 Sat 19-Jan-13 10:22:19

Spam is a ridiculous price for what it is too! DP likes corned beef/spam/those little jars of meaty sandwich spread. They all make me want to vomit!

BatmanLovesNoelFielding Sat 19-Jan-13 10:23:15

Mind you...isn't corned beef made in Argentina (the branded one anyway, I think might be). So maybe the Argentinians are expressing their Falkland discontent by upping the price of corned beef grin

4 slices £1 in morrisons last week.

BertieBotts Sat 19-Jan-13 10:24:02

Oh. Doesn't work. Well if you search corned beef on there it shows you.

4 slices £2.15, which is over £1 per 100g. The tins are 79pish per 100g. Hugely expensive. I suppose if it's imported that will be why.

BertieBotts Sat 19-Jan-13 10:25:03

I love it, but the name makes me feel sick - reminds me of corns on feet!

Asda 2 for £3 offer, 6 slices in each packet.

mrsjay Sat 19-Jan-13 10:27:18

I watched an american food programme probably diners drive in and dives or man V food and their corned beef is different to what we eat and looked so much better, yes I think it comes from argentina so maybe you never know

EwanHoozami Sat 19-Jan-13 10:27:31

How would one go about corning one's own beef confused

mrsjay Sat 19-Jan-13 10:31:19

I think it is pork and 'stuff' and no sign of a cow at all

Punkatheart Sat 19-Jan-13 10:33:30

What do you put on your corned beef?

A fiver each way.

Punk, onions and brown sauce then you dip the butty in Heinz ( no other brand will do) tomato soup. Mmmmm

Sallyingforth Sat 19-Jan-13 10:35:38

Horses are expensive in Argentina. sad

Iamsparklyknickers Sat 19-Jan-13 10:37:00

Maybe it's to cover the cost of all the can opening injuries. I love a bit of corned beef - one of those childhood comfort foods- but I can't get into the bastard tins without looking like I've tried to put the cat in a dress!

If dp isn't around, no corned beef for knickers sad

He's lucky really, he's not got much on the 'pro' list, that could be the deal breaker grin

Doh! Missed the joke! I blame the nagging teenager for making me chomp at the bit.

StinkyWicket Sat 19-Jan-13 10:39:45

It took me a long time to understand what 'no corned beef for knickers' meant there!

I LOVE corned beef!

HomeEcoGnomist Sat 19-Jan-13 10:41:53

On a slightly related note - saw the most revolting thing ever in a shop last week: chicken luncheon meat
envy < def vom not envy

I don't know if the picture on the tin was a photo or an artist's impression. Either way, I wouldn't feed it to a dog

Stinky, I thought I was on the wrong thread, I scrolled to see if it was a bumsex Friday thread that I had missed.

EwanHoozami Sat 19-Jan-13 10:49:58

knickers, I can't get into them either. I am usually chief packaging-opener in my house too <manly>

EwanHoozami Sat 19-Jan-13 10:52:30

That doesn't read right. I can get into my own knickers.

Iamsparklyknickers Sat 19-Jan-13 10:59:47

stinkywickets grin

Didn't even register as I typed that!

ariadneoliver Sat 19-Jan-13 11:03:05

I love corned beef, I don't know if I would ever get round to making my own though. It's probably good for my waistline that it is pricey. grin

Make your own corned beef here

apparently corned beef is completely different here!
Here it is a large bit of silverside that you cook with peppercorns, golde syrup, spices and cover in water to slow is expensive now but haven't seen canned corn beef

FredFredGeorge Sat 19-Jan-13 11:35:06

I think Corned beef increased in price relative to normal meat because it became a lot less popular so less volume, and because the import duty is less preferential towards it - From Uruquay (Fray Bentos isn't Argentinian), shipping frozen mince appears to be 0%, whereas corned beef is 16.6% And in general meat is now significantly cheaper than it was longer ago so corned beef is less cheap.

Corned beef in North America is often what we call Salt Beef, although they do have the same stuff as us.

VestaCurry Sat 19-Jan-13 12:02:35

Some good explanations as to why it's become so pricey, thanks smile!

Dh and dc's love it as corned beef hash so I buy it regularly.

Sallyingforth Sat 19-Jan-13 13:01:12

Do remember that it's stuffed with sodium preservatives, so not good for anyone with high blood pressure.

TinyDancingHoofer Sat 19-Jan-13 13:09:41

Because everybody loves it.

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Just because something is cheap to produce doesn't mean it will be sold cheaply- see all apple products.

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