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Beef stock

Beef stock

Made in bulk, this stock can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. Remember - brown the bones in the oven first to produce a rich beefy flavour.
Time to make: 3 hrs 45 mins
Hands-on time: 15 mins


Make it low FODMAP: Swap onions for 2 cups sliced leek leaves, limit celery to one stick, and swap garlic for 2 tablespoons of garlic infused oil.

HFG tip

Suggested uses
Pasta dishes
Minestrone soup

Tips for making homemade stock

  • Use a deep pot to ensure bones and vegetables are completely immersed.
  • Add cold water, not hot water, to your pan as this ensures the stock cooks slowly and evenly.
  • Use bones only, as a classic stock flavour is derived from bones and not from the meat.
  • For a beef stock, brown the bones in the oven first to give more depth of flavour.

Two key processes

Skimming: When stock comes to the boil, use a slotted spoon to remove the foam that floats to the top. Skimming allows for a clear stock and more concentrated flavour.

Straining: Once stock has been cooked, strain it through a fine sieve or clean tea towel and cool as quickly as possible.

Store in airtight containers, either in the fridge for five days or freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. Label all stocks clearly with the flavour and date made.

If you are cooking smaller amounts of food, you can make stock cubes by pouring into ice trays.

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