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Roasted Beef Stock

by Nick

I have a confession to make: Even though I’m a huge proponent of homemade stocks, I’ve never actually made beef stock from scratch.

I don’t really use a lot of beef stock for things so it has never really been worth it.

But a few weeks ago I was in New York and went to some hole-in-the-wall noodle shop in Chinatown and got a big bowl of hand-stretched noodles. The noodles were good, sure, and the beef was okay. But the broth was out of this world.

It dawned on me then that if I ever intended to even half-replicate a good noodle bowl, it must start with homemade beef stock.

Since noodle bowls won the poll last week, I’ll post that part of this experiment tomorrow, but I wanted to spend a post on my first beef stock experience.

The end result was absolutely delicious, but I would’ve liked it to be a few shades darker.

Yield
About 2-3 quarts
Prep Time
Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 5 pounds beef bones, meaty is best
  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1-2 inch segments
  • 1 rutabaga, quartered
  • 2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, unpeeled
  • Handful of parsley, stems and leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 20 peppercorns

Helpful Equipment

Directions

1) Cut onions, carrots, and rutabaga into quarters or sixths and combine in a large roasting pan with beef bones. Drizzle all the veggies and bones with some olive oil.

2) Roast the dish at 425 degrees for at least an hour, but 90 minutes would be okay depending on how dark you want your final stock.

3) Once roasted, add bones and veggies to a stock pot and top with celery, garlic, parsley, bay leaves, and peppercorns.

4) Add about a cup of water to the hot roasting pan and use the water to scrape up any bits stuck to the pan. Add those to the stock pot.

5) Add about 12 cups of cold water to the stock pot. The water should cover the bones and veggies.

6) Bring stock to a simmer on the stove and then let it simmer over low heat for 4-6 hours. The pot should never boil quickly. Make sure it is just a nice slow simmer.

7) After a few hours, a foam might start forming on the top of the stock. Scrape this off with a large spoon and discard it.

8) Once the stock has simmered as long as you want it to, strain stock through a sieve or cheesecloth. Discard the veggies and bones.

9) Let stock cool to room temperature and then store in the fridge overnight.

10) The next day, skim the fat off the top of the stock.

11) Store the stock in the fridge for 10 days or freeze for longer storage.

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.

The Bones

The really nice thing about beef stock is that you can (and should) make it out of bones.

Like, seriously, just bones.

I used the exact same bones for this stock that I feed to my dog!

I used about three pounds and I think I should’ve upped that to about five pounds to help with my color.

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Seriously dog bones.

As soon as I pulled these out, Porter was hovering.

“What are you doing with my bones, Dad?”

porter

What are you doing with my bones?!

Anyway, just toss the bones in a roasting pan with the onions, carrots, and rutabaga (optional). I just roughly cut all my veggies into quarters or sixths and tossed them together.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the whole thing and stick the roasting dish in a 425 degree oven.

The minimum time you should roast this for is an hour, but 75-90 minutes probably wouldn’t hurt.

You should have some serious caramelized pieces on the bones and on the veggies.

Mine were pretty good, but if/when I make this again, I’ll go a shade darker.

roasted

Hard to over-roast…

The Pan Plan

Eventually you’ll need a large pot, ideally a stock pot, to transfer your bones and veggies into, but when you do that you’ll be left with a really dirty roasting pan.

It’ll have lots of little bits stuck onto it.

Don’t wash the pan whatever you do! Add some water to the pan and use the water to scrape up all those bits. That’s all really intense flavor so make sure to scrape it up and transfer it to your stock pot.

deglaze

Don’t throw out that flavor!

Starting the Stock

Add the bones and veg into a large pot and then top them with your fresh stuff: celery, parsley, garlic, bay leaves, and black peppers.

It will be all of the sudden very colorful.

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Pretty colors.

Cover this mixture with about 12 cups of cold water and then bring it to a slow simmer on the stove top.

This will ultimately simmer for anywhere from 4-8 hours depending on how dark you want your stock. I went for the short end of that spectrum and I wish I would’ve done closer to six hours just to get the flavors a bit deeper.

The key when simmering the stock is to make sure it stays at a very slight simmer. You don’t want it at a rolling boil or it will just rip apart all the veggies and bones and make your final stock really dirty.

If, during simmering, a foam appears on the top of the stock, just skim it off with a spoon and discard it.

This was my finished stock which, admittedly, should’ve simmered for another hour or two in my opinion.

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Simmer simmer!

Let the stock cool for a bit and then strain it either through a metal sieve or through some cheesecloth to remove the bones and veggies.

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Strain it out.

Storing the Stock

While you can use the stock immediately, I don’t recommend it unless you can scoop off a lot of the fat. There will be a pretty good layer of fat on the stock from all of the beef and marrow so it’s best to let the stock chill overnight in the fridge and then you can just skim off the fat layer and discard it.

Whatever you do, don’t put this fat down your sink! It will immediately clog it up and you’ll have a mess on your hands.

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Lots of fat…

Once you have the stock cleaned, you can store it in the fridge for a week or so or freeze it for longer storage.

I like to freeze mine in freezer safe bags, but you can also freeze them in jars or plastic containers. If you do jars, remember to leave about an inch of space at the top of the jar as the stock will expand as it freezes and you don’t want exploding jars in your freezer.

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Stay tuned for usage…

Uses for this stuff is pretty endless. One of Betsy’s favorite meals is egg noodles cooked in beef stock with some black pepper on top.

As I mentioned, I would’ve liked the color to be a bit deeper, but I was pretty happy with it for my first attempt at beef stock. If you make it, don’t be afraid to let it simmer for a long time and go heavy on the bones!

Tomorrow, check back for my first attempt at a noodle bowl which turned out to be pretty easy and very delicious.

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14 comments on “Roasted Beef Stock

  1. Hey Nick,

    I have always been interested in buying bones from the butcher for my dog, but wasn’t sure what to do with them. Do you cook the bones before giving them to Porter? Are the real bones messy…as in does he eat them inside or outside?

    Thanks!!

    1. I wouldn’t cook them. I never give my dog cooked bones because they become really brittle after they cook and could shatter.

      I buy the big femur bones for Porter (he’s a pretty big dog). A big 4 pound bag of them sets me back around $6 and it’ll have around a dozen bones in it. Just ask your butcher for dog bones and they should set you up with something.

      I FREEZE them so they keep forever and then it also makes it tougher for him to get at the good stuff so it takes him forever to work through one.

      Betsy and I call them pacifiers… if we are having people over or something and he is going nuts, we just give him a fresh one and he will just gnaw on it for hours.

      1. I freeze our dog bones, too – I buy them in a big bag (a bag of “marrow bones” was $2 last time I bought them, and the big heavy-duty “knuckles” are $6) – I separate them and individually wrap them in plastic wrap. I swear, my Jarly can smell it when I take one out of the chest freezer in the basement!

        For us, bones are definitely an “outside toy” – besides the fact that he’s a slob, I hate having gnawed-on bones stashed all over the house!

        1. Thanks Kris- I think mine will have to be an outside treat as well. I KNOW my gdogs would stash them and I would forget about it until I smelled it- ewwww.

          I can’t wait to see how excited my pups get.

          Thanks!!!

      2. Pacifiers-LOL- I like that! I will have to get some for my dogs. They will LOVE me forever! Thanks Nick!

  2. I like your recipe! And by using bones you have a mineral rich stock with calcium, magnesium, potassium plus it’ will boost immunity and enhance digestion.

  3. I have a question about the marrow. I notice it is left in the bones in your finished picture. I would have been tempted to dig that out and mash it all up before putting through a filter. Is this a good idea, stupid idea, would do nothing for the stock idea? Although, I’d probably just did the stuff out and eat it myself. lol
    Pamela

    1. Oh, I ate a piece or two of it and it was really good. I couldn’t really find an example of recipes that intentionally added it back into the stock (I think it would make it really cloudy and fatty), but ideally, I think the marrow boils out of the bones as it simmers.

      So I think the fact that mine didn’t do that is evidence that I didn’t simmer it quite long enough.

  4. I was wondering if you had added a bit less water if your stock would have been more richly colored and flavored? Perhaps 10 cups instead of 12? Also, I haven’t actually looked at the storebought stuff, but are you sure they don’t add some sort of coloring to it? Because we’ve made roast my whole life with water to make a “stock” that it simmered in, and it’s never been nearly as dark as the kind you buy in the store…but it’s always been delicious. :-)

  5. When I make beef stock, I rub a bit of tomato paste on the bones before roasting, and I deglaze the pan with red wine – both help add some darker color.

    Also, I always add some meat to my stock (beef shanks or, in chicken stock, drumsticks) – it makes such a difference in the flavor, plus I pick it out afterwards, and it makes for wondrous treats for both the dog and the cat.

  6. I roast the bones until they are DARK brown and when I make it, I let the stock simmer overnight. If you don’t feel comfortable letting it simmer on the stovetop, you can stick it in an oven at about 250 or 275. Just a thought…

  7. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve made a chicken stock either, it’s all been chicken, shrimp and veggies. I wonder how this would work using the big bones from a couple racks of smoked beef ribs.

  8. To make this darker use very little kitchen bouquet you’ll find it with BBQ sauce a small amount and add as necessary. Otherwise you”’re spot on.

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