Hensons Famous Salt Beef
Mouth-wateringly in a class of its own, this traditional prime brisket joint has a unique flavour and texture. Spotted on a menu, it is one of those ‘simply got to have’ dishes. Hensons Famous Salt Beef is fully prepped and ready to cook, allowing chefs to offer a dish that otherwise would take a huge amount of time and forward planning.
We select cuts of prime Irish brisket from cattle that have grazed on the lush green pastures of the countryside around Tipperary. The meat is slow-cured to our unique recipe, using skills built up by Hensons over decades producing salt beef, to achieve not only a delicate texture and fine flavour, but also an even cure throughout, regardless of the size of the joint.
At the end of the curing process the joints are trimmed carefully by our butchers, leaving just the right amount of fat needed for cooking. In perfecting our cure we have reduced significantly the amount of salt used, so that after cooking the meat retains only around 2% salt.
Our beef is vacuum packed so that it remains immersed in the cure right up to the moment of cooking. Of course, slow cooking is the secret to success. Once ready the beef will remain moist and tender for several hours, and it can be prepared in advance and re-heated at the time of serving. By the way, it is equally delicious served cold.
For those who don’t have the time or the facilities to cook from scratch we also sell our beef 95% cooked, in whole joints or pre-sliced ready to heat up with a little vegetable or chicken stock and serve.
Our salt beef is available for sale to the public from a number of delis and high class butchers in London, or contact us on 020 7609 2999 for nationwide deliveries of 8kg and above. You can also order online for home delivery from Keevil and Keevil here