Northern Irish corned beef celebrated by Slow Food

Ulster Corned Beef from O’Doherty’s Fine Meats in Enniskillen has been named as one of the Slow Food Movement’s ‘Seven New Forgotten Foods’, as Slow Food seeks to showcase and rejuvenate artisan food products that are close to being forgotten.

The corned beef is being named ahead of Slow Food Week, 1-8 June, alongside the six other forgotten foods – Westmorland Pepper Cake, Penclawdd Cockles, Dulse, Carlin/Black Peas, Martock Beans, and Cromer Crab.

Celebrity chef Richard Corrigan, who is leading Slow Food Week, selected the corned beef for inclusion. Pat O’Doherty, who runs O’Doherty’s Fine Meats in Enniskillen, said records showed that this beef was eaten as far back as 1100 AD, but there are now only a few producers left in Northern Ireland.

O’Doherty said: “What a marvellous endorsement of corned beef by such a distinguished chef and commentator. It will certainly help us to boost sales in Britain and further afield.”

Invest Northern Ireland explained a bit about the product: “The recipe for Ulster Corned Beef in its traditional form is a far cry from the cheap cuts of tinned beef that most people associate it with. The name “corned” refers to the rounded lumps of rock salt that looked like grains of corn which were used in the salting process.

“The Irish traded their corned beef with the British, and it fed the British naval fleets on their long voyages across the oceans.”

Slow Food UK aims to preserve Britain’s edible biodiversity, and has seen positive results for the small producers working to revive these food products.

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