Low in calories, choc-full of nutrients and rich in flavour, there’s a lot to love about beef broth. There’s a reason why it’s a staple liquid in nearly every culture. Now, you too can learn how to make beef broth the traditional way.
So, what is beef broth?
Beef broth is a soup base made by boiling the bones of beef. While that may sound less than appetising, it’s actually quite tasty. And it gets better: when our ancestors didn’t have freezers to store their meat to eat at a later date, they would use the entire carcass of an animal. This meant less waste, but it also meant bones, organs, marrow, ligaments and cartilage were thrown into the pot. Mmm delicious!
Ready to get started?
How to make beef broth
In addition to a lot of patience, you will need:
- 1.5 kilograms of beef soup bones (neck, marrow bones or shank)
- 1 cup of water
- 4 medium carrots (sliced and diced)
- 3 medium onions (unpeeled and diced)
- 6 stalks of celery with leaves, cut up
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 6 cloves of garlic (unpeeled and halved)
- 18 cups of cold water
- A handful of peppercorns
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Bake your bones for at least 30 minutes or until they begin to brown
- Move the meat and bones to a slow cooker.
- Add the vegetables and salt
- Add water to cover
- Set your slow cooker to low. Let the broth simmer for a minimum of 12 hours (see, we told you that you’d need a lot of patience.)
- Remove beef bones from the broth
- Scoop out as many vegetables as you can with a slotted spoon.
- Create a tower using a jar, funnel, and strainer on top
- Remove the broth from the slow cooker using a measuring cup. Pour the broth through the strainer
Now, you have beef broth that should hopefully last you up until a week. If you want to extend its shelf life, put it in the freezer for later use.
What to cook with bone broth
Suffering from the common cold? Want a calmer mind? One of those nights where you really don’t want to cook? Beef broth is the ticket to solving your ailments. Now that you have the soothing soup, you can pull together several delicious meals.
Just some of our favourite ideas include adding it to your risotto, ramen, French onion soup, potatoes, and – dare we say it – use it to replace the milk in your morning coffee. Go on, try it.
Check out our blog for more creative recipe ideas using beef. And order your beef online from the farmers at Our Cow for the most succulent cuts.