beef broth do you add water while its cooking
I bought some beef bones for a broth and read it needs to be cooked for 24 to 48 hours. Not sure how many litters of water fits in the big pot that i am using, but its a lot and after 3 hours of cooking half of the water has disappeared, so i turned the heat down very low lowest and was wondering do you add extra water while its cooking vaporizing?
For the richest stock the water level should barely cover the bones. You can always dilute it later when making soup.
The heat should be low enough that the water doesn't deplete. I usually see a very faint bubbling when I check on it. My stockpot lid has a tiny ventilation hole so during the 48-hour batches I might add 4-8 oz of water if it falls below the bones but usually not.
I filled up the whole pot its way over the bones oops
Originally Posted by picklepete
I thought having water just over the bones would see it deplete after so many hours.
So the water doesn't vaporize after long cooking in very low? And is 48 hours right?
If the pot is tightly covered, very little should evaporate.
No worries! It's not ruined, it'll just be less thick and more mild in flavor.
Originally Posted by sting
I do red meat bones for 48. I do bird or fish bones for 24 (unless it's big stuff like a turkey spine).
geez i have the lid slightly open so air gets in and out thinking it needs some air hehe that's how much of a cook i am
Originally Posted by eKatherine
maybe i should turn up the heat so it depletes a little than turn it down so its thicker?
Originally Posted by picklepete
It's fine if you top it up. But once you bring to a boil. Turn it down to barely a simmer.
I use a slow cooker on high till it starts to bubble then in low for 48 hours. I fit in as many bones as I can then top it up with water.
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Hmm silly question but with the lid tightly shut its now whistling away now > noisy, hence why i thought i leave a gap at the top thinking it needs air but i shouldn't? I never cook sorry
If it is whistling, it is boiling. You want to try to reduce the temperature. Check you are using the smallest burner on your stove turned to it's lowest temperature. If that still isn't low enough, you want to get hold of a simmer mat - supermarkets may have them, or try Kmart cooking area, or sometimes even the discount shops will have them.
I don't like leaving the stove on overnight, so I only ever cook stock down for a few hours - finish up early enough that I can cool it to put in the fridge that night. Maybe it doesn't get quite as much goodness out of the bones, but it seems to work OK for me.
I like to simmer the bones for a long time (days sometimes, especially if there isn't a lot of cartilage and more solid bone) so I will add water if the pot looks low. When its gone on long enough I strain out the bones and then simmer with the lid off to reduce the water amount-tasting often until it rich enough for me. I'll add veggies at this time for more flavor as well (unless I'm making plain beef broth).
(When I simmer for days I will turn it off at night, let it cool, then store overnight in the fridge. No one in my family likes a really oily broth so I'll skim off the cold fat in the morning before starting that day's worth of simmering.)