Making basic beef stock is easier than it looks, and the result is a delicious ingredient that you’ll want to use all the time.
Basic Beef Stock Is The Ingredient That Makes Any Dish Tastier
Before we move onto the ways to use it, let’s talk about how to make this basic stock
First, gather the beef bones, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf, and as an optional ingredient, beef bouillon cubes.
Bring the beef bones and water to a boil, reduce the heat, and add the rest of ingredients. Then let it boil gently for 2-3 hours.
Once ready, remove the bones and throw them out, strain the stock through a cheesecloth, and allow it to sit until you can remove the solidified fat.
Because this is a meat product, you need to use a pressure canner to prevent any botulism. This is one of the most common food-borne illnesses in canning, but can be prevented by using high temperature and pressure.
However, using your pressure canner at home can be very safe, so no need to worry about any microbial growth if you keep the pressure right throughout the process.
After your jars are settled in the canner, leave them there with about 2-3 inches of water.
You are now ready to ladle in your hot broth, which can be consumed at any time.
So, let’s get to the real important part, these are the 4 ways to use basic beef stock:
4 ways to use basic beef stock
Method #1: Use it to make a quick ramen
Who doesn’t like ramen? It is one of those hearty meals that satisfies anyone. Instead of spending long hours making ramen broth, you can focus on making the rest of the ingredients and simply adding the broth.
Plus, if you are in a rush, you can use those cheap ramen noodle packets, but make them with this basic beef stock to add flavor.
Method #2: Make a tasty gravy for any time of the year
If you love meat, then you certainly enjoy gravy, and it doesn’t mean that you have to wait until Thanksgiving. With this previously prepared basic beef stock, you can simply add it as you cook the gravy.
A good dish to use gravy in is French fries, poutine-style. However, you can add gravy to almost any meat you like.
Method #3: Put it in a beef or meat soup
There’s nothing better when you feel sick or down than a hearty soup, and to make it better, this beef stock saves you time.
You can make a creamy pea or mushroom soup, a French onion soup, or even a classic vegetable beef soup.
Method #4: Get your electrolytes in
Many of us go long hours a day without drinking much water, but instead of gulping gallons down, try drinking your beef stock.
All you need to do is warm it up, add a few herbs if you want, and drink it straight. It’s a good way to hydrate and gain some electrolytes back.
Use it wisely!
These are just a few ideas to use your beef stock in, but you can always use it in a marinade, a sauce, or a salad dressing.
Time to make this easy and useful basic beef stock that will last you for a long time!