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    Okay, so now that I've made the bone broth, what do I do with it? I've got about 15 cups of oozy gooey vitamin/mineral rich gelatin now, that I have no idea how to use. It's not like I was using conventional gelatin in recipes before, y'know?

    In reading around about storing stock, it looks like ice cube size is the most convenient to work with. Is it also the case for gelled stock?

    Come to think of it, I also don't really know how to use stock. I've used buillion cubes before, but that's about it.

    Help!

  • #2
    I froze it in ice cubes and use a couple wherever I'd normally use a bullion cube. For example, I pan-fry cabbage and then add broth and reduce to make a side dish-bone broth is a great substitute for the canned/dry store-bought broth. Soups and stews taste really good with bone broth, I've even poached chicken with it. Basically, anywhere you need some flavor and more moisture-toss in a cube. Its even good on its own though can be a little oily (which, depending on your taste preferences can be good or bad.)
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    • #3
      I also like to keep a jar of it in the fridge for "fast food". I can heat it up with any number of frozen veggies and little chicken or other protein and have complete primal meal in 3 minutes.
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      • #4
        Ah, I see, I can use it all the places I've been using the beef fat I've saved from cooking, just a bit later in the cooking process. So I could use slightly less fat and then use the broth to add moisture.

        Hmm, this also reminds me I have a big bag of suet to process down.

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        • #5
          Some ideas:

          1. Make rice with it
          2. Make soup with it
          3. Mix it 1:1 with red wine and roast some beef in it (season the beef well, brown it in the pan, then remove it and brown onions and garlic, add beef back with the broth and roast for 2 hours covered in the oven or simmer on the stovetop).

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          • #6
            Do you care to share the recipe you used? And what bones? My local market sells bones for $1, but they are MASSIVE, should I ask them to cut them for me or just buy smaller bits?

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            • #7
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Glamorama View Post
                Do you care to share the recipe you used? And what bones? My local market sells bones for $1, but they are MASSIVE, should I ask them to cut them for me or just buy smaller bits?
                I just used the "soup bones" that came packaged from the butcher when I ordered my beef. I'd tried to do bone broth previously and it didn't gell nearly as much.

                I'm afraid I didn't use a recipe at all, but it was about 4lbs of soup bones (and meat), water to about 3/4 of the regular size stock pot, salt ~ 3 tablespoons? or more, probably about the same amount of lemon juice. I just kept bringing it to a boil and turning it back down to a simmer. I turned it off completely overnight and back on in the morning to boil and cool again. I left the lid off when it was cooking.

                At some point the meat was cooked and I pulled that out and put the tendons and bones and gristle back in the pot. (And any piece of meat that looked like it might have veins *shudder*) Um...oh and when it had reduced to about half the starting liquid I added enough water to go an inch over the bones. Then I cooked it about 2 hours longer with the lid on.

                The big difference is that the last time I tried this, I only brought it to boiling once and cooked it about twice as long (around 16 hours, where this was about 8 hours total) at a heat where it barely bubbled.

                You can test the doneness by taking a cup of stock out of the pot and chilling it to see if it has gelled.

                I disposed of the bones and such, poured the liquid through a colander to strain it, and cooled it on the counter in several smaller containers for a few hours before transferring it to the freezer to cool.

                I think the bones from this animal are particularly inclined to gell though, because the roastbeef soup I made had its broth thicken up nicely too.

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                • #9
                  I find best result when you have temperature bit higher than slow simmer where it is bubbling fairly well. keep adding water. (I also soak the bone in cold water for 1 hour to get the blood out. makes for clearer broth)

                  6-7 hour should be enough to get all the marrow to dissolve out of the bone.

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                  • #10
                    Here is a step-by-step Korean recipe for bone broth, with pix and video.

                    I freeze it into different portion sizes. I make soups with it - you can make any soup that calls for beef broth. French onion soup, minestrone-type soup, Italian wedding soup (meatball soup), mulligatawny soup, oxtail soup, etc.

                    You can also use it to make sauces and gravies. Say you want to make a creamy pepper sauce for steak - pan-sear the steak (best in a cast iron pan), on both sides, then put it in the oven to finish. Take out the steak and make the sauce from the pan drippings - deglaze (scrape all the browned bits) the pan with some bone broth, add peppercorns, red wine (optional), and a big dollop of butter and a splash of heavy cream. Whisk it all together and pour over the rested steak.

                    I also make a killer simple mushroom sauce for meatballs or salisbury steak - cook the meatballs in a pan, then remove. Deglaze the pan with a litle bit of bone broth, add butter and a bunch of sliced mushrooms and some chopped onion or shallots (optional), and chopped garlic (optional). Cook the shrooms to your liking, then add some more broth to the pan, bring to a simmer, add a dollop of heavy cream or sour cream for a stroganoff-type taste. Add the meatballs back to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.

                    I cook from scratch, so my recipes are not measured and often vary. But you see how the bone broth comes in handy if you just think of it as beef broth - which it is.
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                    • #11
                      Just drink it. I have a cup of hot bone broth as my breakfast every morning, and I love it. My favourite is chicken - just skimmed to remove the fat from the top (don't much care for it) and salted to taste. Nom!
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                      • #12
                        if ours gets to gelatin-y, i use it to make sauces and gravy.

                        otherwise, it's just like normal stock, which i use to make soup, steam veggies, and ryan drinks out of a mug.

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                        • #13
                          Glamorama

                          You can get the bones chopped up to fit your pot. I think the cut used for the Italian Osso Buco as it has marrow could also be a good choice.

                          Sally Fallon from Nourishing Traditions says to use 3 types of meat. A knuckle for gelatine (knee bone), and a bone with marrow. Meaty rib bones add colour and flavour. Calves feet and chicken feet also add gelatin. I have always got a good solid broth from knee bones.

                          The knuckle and marrow should be put in water to soak for an hour with vinegar to pull out the calcium etc. Meaty bones can be roasted for 350 degrees F for an hour. After this you tip out the fat, deglaze the pan and add those juices to the pot as well.

                          Her ratios are 4 pounds of bones 4 quarts of water. 1/2 cup vinegar 3 onions, carrots, celery, some thyme and parsley (add last 10 minutes of cooking).

                          I have been cooking mine for 24 hours. I enjoy drinking it hot and adding it to sauces etc.

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                          I am positive it is stock, sour cream and some secret herbs and maybe some mustard, of course minus the frites! I want to get the ratio of herbs right.
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