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Old 09-06-2006, 09:26 PM   #1
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Question Removing Salt from Chipped Beef

HELP! Supposed to restrict sodium from diet, so how can I remove the salt in chipped beef????

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Old 09-06-2006, 10:08 PM   #2
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You could soak it in water for 24 hours, changing the water evfery few hours.

...Or you could avoid chipped beef.
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:20 PM   #3
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My dad use to make chipped beef with cream gravy, he would rinse the chipped beef in water and drain well in paper towels. It retains enough flavor for what ever dish you desire it for.
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:29 PM   #4
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As Andy said, don't eat it. It will still be full of sodium as in nitrite or -trate. If yo are making a recipe that calls for it, just use plain roast beef--or even sliced turkey--if it is like the creamed meat on toast.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:16 AM   #5
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Chipped beef is salt cured and dried. That is what gives it that distinctive flavor. It has about 100mg of sodium per slice!

Andy's suggestion to soak it for 24-hours, and change the water 4-5 times, would help remove a probably large portion of the salt - maybe by as much as 50% or more - but I don't have a food lab and the equipment to test this out and verify the sodium extraction results.

Depending on your sodium restriction - maybe you could enjoy this as a special treat "once in a while"?

It isn't the same but maybe you might try a low sodium breakfast sausage - crumble it up as you cook it, drain most of the grease, add flour to make your roux, and then milk to make your gravy - serve over hot biscuits.

It's not SOS - but it's good!
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:25 AM   #6
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How about using Corn beef from the deli instead?
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:13 AM   #7
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letscook - Corned Beef is also salt cured beef, but not dried ... corn in this instance comes from an old English word for "grain" - texture not as in wheat or maize, which ment something granular, large grains of salt were "corns"- thus beef that was cured in grains of salt were "corned".

I also initially thought of pastrami - but it's made from corned beef.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:31 AM   #8
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you can certainly rinse and or soak the dried beef, and remove a lot of the salt. Using other processed meats such as smoked turkey may not be any better as all such meats contain a fair amount of salt. However, if you start with fresh turkey breast or chicken, you can sure limit the amount.
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:29 AM   #9
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Chipped beef is supposed to be rinsed. At least according to the labels on the brands in my area.

Under warm running water, separate the slices a bit and let the water run through. Doesn't take long to cut the salt by a large portion. If you soaked it a long time, it wouldn't have any flavor left

I too am on a sodium restriction and enjoy SOS every other month or so. Other tricks to a lower sodium SOS. Use a full fat milk, they're lower sodium (sodium is water soluble, so the more fat in the milk, the less room there is for sodium). Be sure and start with some chopped onion, a couple of tablespoons, and maybe a tiny bit of garlic, 1/8 teaspoon. Build the roux from unsalted butter/olive oil/grapeseed oil right in the pan with the onions. Season with some hot sauce and pepper and a squeeze of lemon at the end. YOu shouldn't need any salt.

Any of the salt free herbal mixes can be added to taste, Frontier, Mrs. Dash and so on.

Commercial bread is prettty high sodium too and biscuits are often worse. Pick your starch carefully. If your restriction is really tight, maybe some baked or roasted potato would be better than bread.

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Old 09-11-2006, 04:23 PM   #10
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There are also low sodium varieties for sale at some stores, between that and the soaking tips maybe you can get your dried beef to a level that you are okay with.
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