Just like chicken and poultry stock (recipe here), beef bone stock is easy to make and packs a nutritious punch, but my favorite part is just how INCREDIBLE my foods taste when I use it. Aside from the normal soup stock uses aka soup, I use stock in rice, mashed potatoes, noodles, stuffing, the list goes on, and on and on!
5+ lbs of Beef bones
2 tbs Vinegar
Baking dish (Optional)
Containers to store the broth. (I use freezer safe pint size mason jars)
If you want to give the stock a rich flavor, roast the bones on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes at 425. This is completely optional!! Your stock will still be incredible if you decide this is not worth your time.
Put the bones in the pot and fill with water to the top and add the vinegar to the pot.
Simmer on low to med heat. You do not want the stock to boil. Just a light simmer.
The amount of time you simmer is up to you. Just like the chicken and turkey stock, the longer you simmer the better the stock. I simmer mine for 3 days until the pot is about 1/2 way full.
Once ready, I cool the pot in the fridge until a layer of “hard” whitish fat forms on the top of the stock.
I gently remove the layer of fat while the stock is still cold.
The stock that is under the layer of fat in the pot has a gel-like look to it. This is EXACTLY what you want.
I heat the pot until the gel-like stock turns back into regular stock. I remove the bones.
I strain the broth in the cheesecloth just like when you are making chicken or turkey stock and place the pot back in the fridge again cooling the stock for a second time.
This allows any of the fat I missed to form on the top again.
Once the layer forms, I remove it a second time and heat the gel-like stock just enough that I can store it in containers or use it for something immediately.
Enjoy and get creative with it!
I FOUND SOMETHING BETTER THAN CHEESECLOTH TO STRAIN THE STOCK WITH. THE BEST PART IS THAT YOU DO NOT NEED A SECOND SET OF HANDS TO HELP YOU HOLD ANYTHING. I FOUND IT AT THE KITCHEN STORE FOR $10 FOR A SET OF 2 DIFFERENT SIZES….