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Beef Broth

Yield: 8 cups of broth
Prep 20 mins Bake 450°F 30 mins Cook 3 hrs 30 mins
Beef Broth
  • 4  pounds  meaty beef soupbones (shank crosscuts, short ribs, or arm bones)
  • 3  carrots, cut up
  • 2  medium onions, cut up
  • 2  stalks celery with leaves, cut up
  • 8  sprigs  parsley
  • 10  whole black peppers
  • 4  bay leaves
  • 1  tablespoon  dried basil or thyme, crushed
  • 2  cloves garlic, halved
  • 1  teaspoon  salt

1. Place soupbones in a large shallow roasting pan. Bake in a 450 degree F. oven about 30 minutes or until well browned, turning once. Place soupbones in a large Dutch oven. Pour 1/2 cup water into the roasting pan, scraping up crusty browned bits. Add water mixture to Dutch oven. Add carrots, onions, celery, parsley, peppers, bay leaves, basil, garlic, salt, and 10 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 3-1/2 hours. Remove soupbones.

2. Pour broth through a large sieve or colander lined with 2 layers of cheesecloth. Discard vegetables and seasonings. If desired, clarify broth.* If using the broth while hot, skim fat. (Or chill broth, then lift off fat.) If desired, when bones are cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones and reserve meat for another use. Discard bones. Store broth and reserved meat, if any, in separate covered containers in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in the freezer up to 6 months. Makes about 8 cups broth.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • For crystal-clear soups, use broth that's been clarified. First, separate an egg, saving the yolk for another use. In a Dutch oven or kettle combine your strained broth, 1/4 cup cold water, and the egg white. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain the broth through a large sieve or colander lined with several layers of damp, 100% cotton cheesecloth.
Nutrition Facts (Beef Broth)
  • cal. (kcal) 20,
  • sodium (mg) 300,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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