Corned beef is a salt-cured beef product. The term comes from the treatment of the meat with "corns" of salt.
In the United Kingdom, corned beef refers to the variety made from finely minced corned beef in a small amount of gelatin (bully beef; from the French bouilli"boiled"), and is sold in distinctive, oblong cans, just as in the United States and Canada, or in slices from supermarkets.
It is mainly imported from Argentina, Brazil, or Uruguay.
It is commonly served sliced in a corned beef sandwich.
Hash and hotpot, in which potatoes and corned beef are stewed together, are also made.
Tinned corned beef is also used in mainland Europe.
The U.S. version of corned beef is known in the UK as salt beef.