Classic Beef Stock
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Any aspiring home cook should always ensure they have an ample supply of quality beef stock in their freezer. From soups to casseroles to stir fries and stews, Beef Stock is such a versatile ingredient in home cooking. A Classic Beef Stock simply adds so much flavor to an assortment of brilliant dishes. Without it, you’re either using water which will, as its namesake states – will water down the flavor of food

French Onion Soup using Beef Stock
A beautiful French Onion Soup. One of the many dishes you can make with Beef Stock

Get into the good habit of saving all your bones and any beef scraps after cooking. Don’t throw them out, put them into a Ziplock back and throw them into the freezer. The cornerstone to a good stock is quality bones. Cooking the bones at a high temperature will release all the beautiful fat and flavor which will make a good stock

Alternatively, if you need to prepare a stock in a hurry, you can always head to y our local butcher or supermarket and buy some bones from them super cheap

Store bought Stock is not great for Home Cooking

We would highly recommend not using store bought stock for home cooking. It can be quite expensive and worst of all, is so unbelievably bad for you. To maintain the shelf life of beef stock in stores they are generally loaded with salt. It’s horrendously unhealthy for you, even the ‘low sodium’ branded ones. Please avoid store bought beef stock at all costs

Cheesecloth is critical to get the best quality Classic Beef Stock

Straining the stock isn’t as straight forward as you think. Sure, you can simply remove all the large bones then strain the Stock through a strainer and be done with it. However, if you want the clearest Stock possible, we highly recommend investing in some Cheesecloth

Cheesecloth is literally just a cloth. There’s no cheese in it! By placing it inside your strainer before you pour the stock through it will produce a remarkably clearer Beef Stock. It’s super cheap to buy, and can be picked up in most department stores and some grocery stores. We even found it at Home Depot! For a small investment it will make the end result of your Classic Beef Stock much better

Recipe Details

Servings

6 – 10 people

Prep time

5 minutes

Cooking time

6 – 7 hours

Total time

6 – 7 hours

Classic Beef Stock Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs. Beef Bones and Beef Scraps
  • 2 Carrots, halved
  • 2 Large Onions, halved
  • Water

You will also require some Cheesecloth to strain the stock along with a fine sieve

Instructions

  1. Scatter the Beef Bones, Scraps, Carrots and Onions in a large roasting tray. Roast in an oven set to 400 degrees for 40 – 50 minutes
  2. Remove pieces from Oven and set aside. Scrape all the residual meaty goodness stuck to the roasting tray. These are packed full of flavor, so we want to keep these goodies in the stock!
  3. Place all of the roasted ingredients into a large pot and submerge fully with water. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a very low simmer
  4. Leave the pot to simmer untouched for 4 – 5 hours at this low temperature. This process is extracting all of the beautiful flavor from the ingredients and transferring your water into a lovely stock
  5. When done, turn off the heat and skim the fatty, scummy parts of the stock off the top. Best way to do this is with a ladle or large spoon
  6. Place a piece of cheese cloth into a fine sieve and carefully pour the Stock through the sieve into a large bowl. To avoid excess splatter, it’s best to remove any large bones and vegetables before you start straining
  7. Let the stock cool to room temperature and then use what you need in cooking immediately, and freeze the remainder

We’ve found the best way to store the stock in the freezer is to measure out individual 1 cup portions and pour them into their own bags. If you are really organized you can label the bags too, so you know what type of stock it is, and how much volume is in each

Now that you’ve got some beautiful Beef Stock, check out our Soup recipes for some beautiful Soups you can create. One of our favorites is this Classic French Onion Soup recipe. Happy Cooking!

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