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Brine for Corned Beef and Pastrami


This brine perfect for making corned beef or pastrami from any beef brisket.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Enough brine for 2-3 lbs of beef


  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 12 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons pickling spices
  • 8 bay leaves


Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the salt and 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, air tight container like plastic or stainless steel.
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