Beef Stock

When we purchased our 1/2 cow they offered us bones for soup broth. We took them, of course (we’re cheap), but I never got the urge to make broth, so they have sat in the freezer for months. Last weekend I was going through the freezer to see how much meat we had left and I stumbled on a few packages of bones. I decided it was time to make broth. To my surprise, there was actually a lot of good meat still on the bones, so we ended up with 3 cups of shredded beef for J’s lunches as well.

Broth is one of the easiest things to make. Pour bones, vegetables, and water into a crock pot. Cook on low all day. Let cool overnight and skim off the fat. Done.

Crock-Pot Beef Broth
From Nom Nom Paleo

Ingredients

  • 3 packages (about 3 pounds) of beef bones
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (apple cider works well)
  • 3 garlic scapes (1/2-1 tbsp garlic powder would work too)
  • 2 cups misc. vegetables (carrots, celery, onions), diced
  • Water

Directions

  1. Place everything above, except the water, in the crockpot. Fill the crock-pot about 80% of the way with water. Place on low heat and hook for 8 hours (or longer).
  2. Remove the bones from the crockpot. If there is meat on the bones, take it off and shred it up for sandwiches.
  3. Push all the marrow out of the bones. This was absolutely disgusting, but necessary since the marrow has a lot of nutrients in it.
  4. With a whisk, mix up the mixture and dissolve the marrow.
  5. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a glass bowl. This will remove all the large pieces of vegetables or meat.
  6. Place the broth mixture in the refrigerator overnight. in the morning it will look like this:
    beef brothbeef broth (2)
  7. Skim off the fat and discard the fat.beef broth (3)
  8. Pour the remaining mixture into freezer bags and freeze until needed. We did quart bags since that is a common size we would need for a large batch of soup.
     

 

 

 

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