Beef Stock or Beef Broth?

Always start with good ingredients

The age old question: can I substitute broth for stock? The answer is a qualified yes, in most dishes. It is important to know what you are giving up in flavor in exchange for convenience.

While store purchased broth has some flavor, I find it totally lacking in the richness and texture of homemade stock. Like most cooking, it is not difficult, however it is a time consuming task, best saved for a free day or a Saturday

If you follow the steps in this recipe, you will be astounded at how deep and delicious the flavors are and will wonder why you ever considered using store bought. 

So, what are we waiting for?

Let's Get Cooking!.

Ingredients and Instructions

Chop into chunks:

1 Medium Onion
2 Carrots
2 Celery Stalks

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Spray an oven proof pot or pan with non-stick spray and place into it, in a single layer:

4-5 Pounds of Meaty Soup Bones, rubbed with a little Olive Oil

Place the pan in your oven and set the timer for 10 minutes.

After just 10 minutes you will notice how the meat on the soup bones is already beginning to carmelize (the beginning of the first flavor layer).

Carefully turn the meat at this time. Now layer the onions, carrots and celery (sprinkled lightly with olive oil) on top of the meat. Return to oven for 30 minutes, turning the meat once more.

As the meat on the soup bones combined with the vegetables continue to caramelize, the aroma wafting throughout your home becomes incredible (how lovely to make homemade dishes!)

Beautiful, Fragrant, Caramelized

The next step is to move the carmelized meat and vegetables to the top of the stove. If you used an oven-proof soup pot, just place the hot pot on the stove. If you used a pan, very carefully move the bones and vegetables to your soup pot. Please remember that the pan from the oven is extremely hot!

Now, place over the meat, bones and roasted vegetables:

Celery Leaves, a handful
Parsley, run a knife through a small bunch
6 Cloves Garlic, peeled and rough chopped
Peppercorns, about 12
2 Bay Leaves

Fill the pot with cold water, covering the bones and vegetables completely.

Bring the stock to just the boiling point and then turn it down to a slow simmer. Simmer 3-6 hours, checking the liquid occasionly; you may add additional water during the first two hours.

When the cooking time is complete, turn off the heat and carefully strain the stock into a large bowl

(we just use a large plastic strainer for this step since the pieces are large).

You may discard everything, or you may want to pick the little pieces of meat out for later use.

(I think the carrots are delicious so I nibble on them while I complete the final step.)

The Final Step

Using a mesh strainer covered with cheese cloth, strain the liquid.

You now have a rich, flavorful stock for use alone, in soup, sauces or gravies!

If not using in a recipe immediately, store in the refrigerator or freezer in quart or half quart containers.

When you open the lid of your stock after refrigeration you will notice a solid mass of white covering the top; this is beef fat which can be used in place of butter for delicious gravy. And the lovely stock will have turned into a thick gel which, when heated turns back into a lovely liquid!

Before you even taste it, you can see the beautiful texture and goodness. . .extra time? You bet! Worth it? Definitely! Good Job!

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