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Old 08-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Dried Beef - Where to buy?

I live in an areas where I cannot find dried beef and hence no SOS.

I just made my first dried beef. I believe it came out a little more dry that I expected. It was salty but washing the dried beef in water before making the SOS did the trick. I will keep experimenting.

(The alternative is to order dried beef on line for about $12 a pound and add another $12 for shipping).

Anyone having any success with dried beef?

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Old 08-28-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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I use Buddig brand and find it at Food Lion, Kroger, Walmart, and Harris Teeter. It's usually in the area with the prepacked cold cuts. It may not be what you're looking for but we use it for our SOS and like it.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:30 PM   #3
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It's all over here, they call it carne seca, they use it in machacado. Try a Latin market.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:26 PM   #4
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We have it also. It comes in a small jar and can be found where the canned hash, canned stew, canned chicken, etc. is. It is usually on the top shelf.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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I use Buddig brand and find it at Food Lion, Kroger, Walmart, and Harris Teeter. It's usually in the area with the prepacked cold cuts. It may not be what you're looking for but we use it for our SOS and like it.
I make SOS maybe once every 5 years and use the weird Buddig beef for it too.

That's what my mom used.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:09 PM   #6
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What is SOS?
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What is SOS?
Chipped beef - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:12 PM   #8
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Old military term. Sh*t on a shingle. SOS.

Basically, creamed dried beef on toast.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:46 AM   #10
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Usually in a glass jar where you find other tinned meats (that is to say tuna, devilled ham, etc). But then, I haven't bought it in years. It IS dry and salty by its very nature, that's why you cook it in a fatty, creamy sauce. A lot of people make SOS using hamburger or sausage, crumbled, but the dried beef is the original, I think. Mom used to make it with a cream sauce, peas, and slices of hard-boiled eggs (and, yes, we were military). Anyway, I think Hormel was the brand I bought. Now that I think of it, husband would probably like it this winter.
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Sad to say that Hormel's does not taste nearly as good as the chipped beef from the mess hall.
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:18 AM   #12
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You should be able to find it on the check-out counter at your local 7-11 or other convenience store.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:56 PM   #13
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Thnis site - Homemade Dehydrated Chipped Beef | eHow.com gives you the technique for making your own dried/chipped beef. This site gives you a marinade recipe for the same - http://www.ehow.com/how_8469674_cure-chipped-beef.html I might just have to give it a try.

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Old 08-29-2012, 07:02 PM   #14
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If you still can't find it at the suggested stores, try Amazon. They have several brands.
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You should be able to find it on the check-out counter at your local 7-11 or other convenience store.
Dried Beef not Beef Jerky. Beef Jerky is too hard.
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Sad to say that Hormel's does not taste nearly as good as the chipped beef from the mess hall.

See if your market carries Dietz and Watson Classic Top Round Dried Beef.

It will be in the deli case and it is sliced to order. I think it has a little nicer flavor and texture than the little jars and pouches of dried beef. It is expensive but, a little goes a long way.
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