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Corned Beef and Cabbage – More Jewish than Irish?

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage – More Jewish than Irish?

Corned beef and cabbage is traditionally served on St. Patrick’s Day, however it is not as Irish as one may believe. When Irish immigrants were fleeing the great potato famines and arrived in the Northeast they could not afford the traditional cuts of meat used for their beloved braised dinner, so corned beef was instead used as a lower-cost substitution.

But why corned beef? It is believed that early Irish and Jewish communities lived very close to each other, with their cuisines overlapping and influencing one another over time. In this case, the tradition of using corned beef instead of bacon was likely borrowed from the Jewish community.

Thus, corned beef and cabbage became a staple of Irish-American cuisine. Yet, it is still more Jewish than Irish.

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A great reminder that two ethnic groups living close to each other will always borrow from each other’s culinary traditions.

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Neil Cosgrove

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Sorry, this may make a titillating headline, but it is devoid of historical fact. The true story of Irish America and Corned Beef is this. Corning, cured in a salt solution, was a means of preserving meat in the days before refrigeration. It was also called "bully beef" and a staple of the British Army and Navy looooong before the Jewish migration to the United States. Irish famine immigrants would likely have been exposed to it on their journey to America.

The Irish American connection is that when ships came into port, around the time of the great Irish migration of the 1840-1850's they would sell off their excess ships stores (which likely were long past their sell by date) and this included Corned Beef, It would still be a "luxury item" to most impoverished immigrants and so would be a treat for days like St. Patrick's Day.