How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
We love to celebrate different holidays throughout the year. Especially when they’re prime food holidays! St. Patrick’s Day is indeed one of those, so we’re stocking up on all the corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread you need to satisfy the Irish inside of you. After all, on March 17th we’ll all be a little Irish, despite what our differing heritages have to say.
St. Patrick’s Day Food
Oddly enough, some of the St. Patrick’s Day dishes you love are not traditionally Irish. If you were in Dublin, you would not be eating corned beef and cabbage on St. Patty’s Day. But here in America it’s the go-to dish. So, how did this come to be?
History of Corned Beef
Following their immigration to America, first generation Irish-Americans were seeking the tastes of home. On St. Patty’s Day that meant boiled bacon. But they were too poor to afford the expensive meats for an authentic Irish meal. Instead, they used beef brisket, the cheapest cut of meat available. Due to the melting pot of cultures that New York City was at the time, the Irish began to adopt cooking methods of different cultures and combine them into one. They adopted Brining, a technique of the Eastern Europeans. The brining process used corn-sized salt crystals that led to the term “corned” beef. The corned beef was paired with cabbage as it was among the cheapest vegetables available to the Irish immigrants. Check out our pricechopperready.com/stpatsdaypage for delicious corned beef recipes.
Irish Soda Bread
Don’t be fooled, Irish soda bread, does not contain Coca-Cola or Pepsi. The term “soda” comes from the baking soda used as one of the main flavor providers in this tasty bread. Before ovens were common, Irish soda bread was baked over an open fire in a round pot or casserole or baked on an iron plate over remaining embers. This is the reason the bread is round and cut into pie pieces. In the U.S., the bread is often eaten with currants like scones, but in Ireland that is not traditional. In Ireland, fruits are only added on special occasions, but in those cases the bread is renamed “tea bread,” as it is normally accompanied with an afternoon cup of tea.
Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day
Of course we can’t forget about the beer. Guinness is among the most popular choice for this Irish holiday. The stout beer was first produced in Ireland, but it drew its inspiration from Great Britain. Guinness is a tangy, creamy, dark beer that mimics the style of an English porter brew in the 18th century. Arthur Guinness first began making his beer in Dublin in 1759, but it wasn’t until 1769 that his ales became public. When they first made their debut, the barrels were sent to England. It wasn’t until 71 years later that they were introduced in New York.
Shop for Irish cuisine
Now that you know the history of some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day foods, it’s time to enjoy them! Stop by your local store: we’re a one stop shop for all of your Irish cuisine needs.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!