Beef Stock

Discover the secret ingredients in making homemade stock ready to use in homemade soups, stews and casseroles. Try a slow cooker for the easiest-ever stock.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 45 min
  • Servings 6

2
lb beef shank cross cuts or soup bones
2
tablespoons vegetable oil, if desired
6
cups cold water
1
medium carrot, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
medium stalk celery with leaves, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
small onion, chopped (1/3 cup)
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
5
black peppercorns
3
whole cloves
3
sprigs fresh parsley
1
dried bay leaf

  • 1 Remove marrow from centers of bones. In 4-quart Dutch oven or stockpot, melt marrow over low heat until hot, or heat 2 tablespoons oil. Cook beef shanks in marrow or oil over medium heat until brown on both sides.
  • 2 Add water; heat to boiling. Skim foam from broth. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat to boiling. Skim foam from broth; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 3 hours.
  • 3 Remove beef from broth. Cool beef about 10 minutes or just until cool enough to handle. Strain broth through fine strainer; discard vegetables and seasonings.
  • 4 Remove beef from bones. Cut beef into 1/2-inch pieces. Skim fat from broth. Use broth and beef immediately, or cover and refrigerate broth and beef in separate containers up to 24 hours or freeze up to 6 months.

Expert Tips

Short on time? Try Progresso® broths available in 32-ounce cartons in the soup section of your supermarket.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cup
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
440mg
440%;
Total Carbohydrate
2g
2%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
20g
20%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.