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Recipe Collection: Homemade Beef Stock Tutorial

admin April 14, 2011

Beef stock is…tricky.

I tried making it over and over with not-so-yummy results.  We ate it.  But I didn’t really like it.  I really wanted to resort to just buying boxes of organic “broth” on the rare occasions I really needed beef stock.  I didn’t, but…I wanted to.

Then I got some bones from my recent cow purchase.  They were quite meaty (really mostly meat; I was used to using pretty clean, marrow bones) and they made some really delicious stock.  Ah!  I had learned something new.  From this experience, I’ve gone on to make a few more pots of very delicious stock, so I’d say I’ve “got it” now.

Since it took me so long to master, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned with you, so that hopefully you will not struggle as long as I did!

(And by the way, if you’re new to stock in general, you might also want to check out my chicken stock tutorial.)

Homemade Beef Stock


  • 3 – 4 lbs. of bones (a mix — marrow, meaty, flat, other; a couple meaty ones is crucial)
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • Celery scraps
  • Carrot scraps
  • Filtered water


1. Preheat your oven to 350.  Arrange all your bones on a tray.  It doesn’t matter if they’re frozen or thawed; I’ve done it both ways.

You want to have a variety of bones.  Are you getting that this is a big deal??  Some meaty, some fatty, some pretty clean, some with marrow.  I’ve even included some cut up sirloin steak (the scraps of meat, fat, with a little bone).

2. Roast these bones now for 30 – 40 minutes.

3. Dump these bones in a big pot, and add your veggie scraps to it.  I saved my veggie scraps in the fridge from the previous week’s meals.  Fill your pot up with filtered water, at least twice as high as the bones, but all the way up is best.

4. Cook your stock on low-medium for 2 – 3 days.  Yes, really.  With bones this big and thick, you need to give them time to break down.  Some people add vinegar to help with this process; I’ve never found I needed it.

5. After the stock is done cooking, strain it into containers.  You can put it in the fridge or freezer, depending on how quickly you’ll use it.

Now your stock is ready to use.  I actually used some twice even as it was cooking to make dinner.  That’s one great thing about having stock bubbling on the stove!

How do you make beef stock? 

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  1. Hey there,
    I'm getting half a cow cut up this week and I'm wondering which bones to tell the butcher to save for me. Any ideas? Or should I just tell him to save them all?
    What about the leg bones? If I get those, I'm thinking I should get him to cut them into pieces a few inches long, right?
    Thanks for your input!


  2. I made this broth and it just got finished. It has a slight sour taste to it. Did I do something wrong?


  3. Any thoughts on getting it from stock to consumee?


  4. Was wondering can you use a pressure cooker? I use one for making chicken stock. It makes it so easy. Done in 30 minutes.


  5. Logistical question… how do you let something simmer on the stove for 2-3 DAYS? Don’t you have to turn it off when you leave the house and/or go to bed (fire hazard)? Then heat it back up? I don’t even leave my kitchen when something is on the stove!

    Is making chicken stock about the same? How long does it need to simmer? I don’t have a pressure cooker, would a crock pot work?


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