Chinese Beef soup bone Recipes
I’ve told you before, I’m a bit nuts about making broth. I wasn’t always that way but just kind of evolved, as I shared in my chicken stock post. I am just as nuts about beef stock as I am about chicken, except maybe a bit more even since it took me longer to be successful making the beef broth. When I was dating my husband, he had me over to his house and made us a wonderful T-bone steak dinner. To his surprise, I objected to him throwing away those meaty T-bones when we were done with them. He found it quite odd, actually (this would be the first time of many), I don’t think anyone else he’d dated had ever cared about the beef bones. This is the man that still believes that Beef = Love!
A few posts ago I made chicken stock, and this week I made beef stock. Beef stock is not hard to make either, but has an extra step in it and can take longer to make. It is not actively time consuming though, although it could be sitting on your stove for a few days. However you can make it in a large crock pot / slow cooker to make the process even easier.
Homemade vs Store Bought? No Contest!
I would say that it’s very worth making your own beef stock. There is such a huge difference between the beef stock that you can buy, and the stock that you make, it’s not even funny. And when you cook it for a few days, some of the bones end up soft and all of those minerals go into the broth. It can be intensely satisfying to drink just a cup of broth, especially if your body is low on minerals. Times when I’ve felt run down especially in the winter I’ve made beef stock instead of taking vitamins. I’ve found that my body seems to respond to ‘food vitamins’ better, which I guess makes sense since that’s how we were made to take in our vitamins. Beef broth is a great way to manage afternoon hunger between lunch and dinner and a great alternative to coffee if you’re trying to kick the caffeine habit.
People that don’t typically eat a lot of beef will potentially do really well with a bit of meat in beef stock, or just beef broth alone. All of the minerals and gelatin in the stock help the body digest meat more efficiently. It’s a great thing for those that are vegetarians that are trying to start back on an omnivore’s diet.