Last week I had some corned beef at a neighbor's house and decided that it's about time I make my own, and would like to start the learning process by purchasing a prepared package to cook up myself. I did this once about 25 years ago and the results were terrible, which may be the reason I've not tried it again. So, perhaps someone can give me some pointers on how to best prepare a package prepared beef. What cut should I be looking for? Brisket or something else - round? Is the meat already "cured" and all that I'd need to do is boil or simmer it, or does the meat need to be marinated a while? The packages I've seen have small packets of spices included. Do I use those spices to marinate the meat or just dump them into the cooking liquid? Is there anything else that might be added, or needs to be added, to the cooking water besides the spice packet? Does the meat get cooked in plain water, or would adding some broth be helpful? Apart from rinsing the meat, should it be soaked to remove excess salt, etc.? Does the meat get boiled or is it simmered? On the stove top or in the oven? If in the oven, at what temperature and for how long? Once I've done this a time or two I'll try making it myself, and will start looking for a spice recipe - anybody (BDL?) got one for a Jewish-style corned beef. The recipes I've seen call for pickling spice. What's in pickling spice? Is it a standard mixture or are there different mixtures that can be used with, of course, different results? What mixture might be best for a NYC Jewish style corned beef? Thanks for any help. I'm missing a good corned beef.