Beef stock worthy of sipping

Beef broth from the grocery store fails to capture the rich, seasonal flavor found in homemade beef stock. Once you start making you’re own, not only will you feel more nourished and every dish will taste better, but you’re guests will notice. I add a dash of this stock to to most dishes to boost flavor and nutrition. The key is making the stock with marrow bones from grass-fed, pastured cows and using the freshest, darkest color vegetables available. I find the bones at my local health food store, but I have to ask the butcher; he doesn’t put them out on display.

Tools

Large stock pot
Sharp knife
Cutting board
Large glass or ceramic bowl
Mesh or fine strainer
Stainless steel ladle
Option A: 4 quart-size canning jars, sterilized and a pressure canner
Option B: 8 quart-size freezer bags

Ingredients

2 pounds grass-fed beef marrow bones
1 large bunch of celery with leaves, cut in half lengthwise
1 large bunch of carrots, whole
1 large red onion with papery skin on, quarters
1 tablespoon organic tomato paste
12-16 cups filtered water

Directions

Add the bones, celery, whole carrots and quartered onion to the pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, then uncover and simmer on medium for two hours. If using a pressure cooker, cook at 15 pounds of pressure for 60 minutes. Strain into a large bowl. Stir in tomato paste. If canning, ladle into sterilized quart jars and process at 15 psi for 45 minutes. If freezing, allow the broth to cool for 30 minutes; then ladle 2-cup portions into freezer bags and lay i flat stacks in the freezer.

Takes about 2 hours start to finish and makes 12 cups. Sip and enjoy!

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