Homemade Beef Stock takes your recipes to the next level.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…using the freshest ingredients makes for the best dishes, ever.
This is truly amazing.
Get some beef bones from your local butcher and you are set!
Roasting the bones brings out the incredible flavor for the stock.
Vegetables and herbs add depth to the flavor of the stock.
All the flavors meld together for best beef stock ever.
Low and slow is the way to go for this homemade beef stock.
This takes some time, but your home will smell amazing!
And get ready for pure goodness. We love the addition of tomatoes and fresh herbs.
Be sure to chill the stock overnight in the fridge.
A thin layer of fat will congeal on the top of the stock that is easily removed the next day with a spoon.
Boy, oh boy, is this stock good.
And though it takes time to make on the stove, it’s not labor-intensive.
Homemade Beef Stock is necessary when you want to make amazing recipes such as French Onion Soup or Beef Wellington.
Ready to make the absolute Best Homemade Beef Stock in town? Ready to put your soups over the top in pure deliciousness? Go for it!
And when you do, be sure to take a photograph of the finished stock, and post it on Instagram! Then tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!
Homemade Beef Stock
- Stock pot
- 4 lbs beef bones such as ribs or marrow bones
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 large yellow onion quatered
- 1 large carrot thickly sliced
- 1 medium celery stalk thickly sliced
- 1 lb mushrooms button, quartered
- ½ cup dry vermouth or white wine or water
- 2 medium tomatoes halved
- 5 sprigs thyme fresh
- 3 sprigs parsley fresh
- 3 bay leaves
- Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 400°F.
- Arrange the beef bones in a single layer in a large flameproof roasting pan. Drizzle with 2 tbsp of the oil and then rub the oil all over the bones. Roast, turning the bones every 20 minutes, until deep brown, about 1 hour.
- Put the remaining 2 tbsp of oil and the onion, carrot, celery, and mushrooms in an 8-quart stockpot. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring once or twice, until tender, about 15 minutes. Uncover, raise the heat to medium, and cook until the vegetables are browned in spots, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer the bones to the pot with the vegetables, leaving any rendered fat in the pan.
- Discard the fat from the pan, and set the pan over medium heat. Add the vermouth and bring to a boil, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any stuck-on bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour the liquid from the pan into the stock pot with the bones and vegetables. Add the tomatoes, thyme, parsley, and bay leaves, and 1½ gallons of water to the stock pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, uncovered - the stock should barely bubble - for 6 hours, topping up the water level occasionally to keep the solids covered.
- Strain the stock through a fine sieve into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature. Chill overnight, then skim off the layer of congealed fat. You'll have about 7 to 8 cups of stock. (The stock can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 2 months.
POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in December 2013 but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in January 2022.