Slow and Easy Beef Stock Recipe -
Slow and Easy Beef Stock Recipe
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Slow and Easy Beef Stock

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"This simple way of making a beef reduction takes two days, but requires very little work. We buy a hind quarter of beef every 2 months. I use this recipe to make use of the leftover bones from the leg section. I don't add any vegetables or spices with this because I want to be able to control the flavor of sauce I want later. This simply creates a good starting point for a sauce."

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Original recipe makes 1 quart Change Servings
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    1 day 21 hrs

    1 day 23 hrs


  1. Combine the bones and water in a large stockpot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Maintain a low boil for 24 hours, adding water to keep the bones submerged. Remove and discard the bones. Allow mixture to simmer another 21 to 22 hours. Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh colander and return to the stockpot. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid has reduced to about 2 quarts.
  2. Transfer the stock to heat-safe containers; freeze. Once frozen, there should be three easily-discernable layers. Remove and discard the top-most of those three layers. Thaw remaining portion to use.
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Sep 08, 2009

This is a purist's dream beef stock. Beautiful!

Oct 07, 2010

I love this, looks like its a pain to make - but so much more healthy. Look at the sodium content on canned or boxed stocks, this has much more flavour and you get a whole lot which is easy to freeze for later use. Loved it!


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Mar 26, 2012

Thank you for the clearinstructions. I have always wanted to be able to make this, and I agree that the pure beef flavor makes the most useful and versatile stock. Since today's slow cookers are set at a higher temperature than the ones originally made, it is nw perfectly possible to make this stock in one of them from start to finish. I buy beef bones from an Asian market (in case you can't find them in hyour supermarket).

Apr 30, 2015

This is how I make my stock. The only thing I do different is to roast them for an hour at 350 degrees first. I also put cheesecloth over my strainer and that helps catch all those fine particles.

Jan 27, 2015

This recipe is indeed easy, but it is time consuming! If you want to do this on a weekend, start on Friday night, after dinner. I had to interrupt the cooking time because I didn't start until Saturday morning. It didn't hurt a thing, in fact it probably helped me manage it, because refrigerating it after removing bones and straining allowed the fat to congeal, for easy removal. Also, bonus: my strainer did not get the finer particles out, which I discovered after refrigeration. They settled to the bottom, and I was able to remove before the final reduction. Beautiful, healthy beef stock with a surprisingly good color. I think next time I will roast the bones prior to simmering, for an even deeper color and flavor. Thanks for your clear instructions!

Sep 24, 2014

This is perfect for a healthy, no-frills stock. When done cooking, let cool slightly then pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Much easier for portions.

Apr 30, 2015

I went out and bought bones and just started it. To Chris Lidberg, the butcher uses a saw to cut the bones up. My name brand grocery stores don't do actually butchering anymore; their stuff comes prepacked. I went to the carneceria.

Apr 30, 2015

I made this and it's absolutely divine! I could get beef bones at my local grocery store that has the best meat next to a butcher which we don't have in our small town. I split the bones up into five pound packages and used two large crock pots and it turned out perfectly. I froze it in small portions, popped it out and stored it in large zip top bags. When I wanted it I just reached in and got what I needed.


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  • Calories
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  • Carbohydrates
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  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
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  • Fat
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  • Fiber
  • 0 g
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  • Protein
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  • Sodium
  • 28 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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