Although corned beef takes five days to cure, it is otherwise very simple to make and more than worth the time. The result is a revelation to those familiar only with the stuff found in delis and diners, and if you've got leftovers, you can make the best Reuben Sandwiches and Corned Beef Hash you've ever had.
Curing salt helps protect curing meat from unsafe micro-organisms and comes in several formulations for use in different circumstances. Here, we use one that contains just pure salt and 6.25% sodium nitrite. It is readily available online from butcher and sausage-making supply stores.