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Soup Bones
Soup Bones

What are soup bones?

Soup bones, also known as stock bones, can be found in stores are usually leg/shank bones. They are round and have marrow and normally cut in about 4-inch lengths. If you don’t see any, ask someone in the meat department.  Also, you can save fresh bones and trims at for this purpose, as well.

How to Prepare the Bones For Making Broth

Adding roasting bones before adding them to the slow cooker will give your broth a richer flavor and some nice beef scraps to add back to the broth if desired.

Roasting the Soup Bones

  • Preheat your oven to 400 F
  • Lay the bones, evenly spaced, on a lightly oiled baking sheet
  • Roast 400 F till well browned all over;  approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

How to Make the Broth

  • Put in a large stock pot or Slowcooker with all the scraped browned bits and fat from the baking sheet.
  • 4 quarts filtered water
  • Add an onion, couple carrots, stalk celery, salt, peppercorns and water to cover the bones.
  • Simmer and skim the scum that floats up till no more scum appears.
  • Continue simmering for 2-3 hours adding a little more water, if necessary.
  • Remove bones and strain.
  • Taste for seasoning and simmer longer to reduce for a stronger broth, if desired.

Broth Storage

  • Bone broth can be stored long-term at home by either canning which can be stored for up to three years. you may want to consider your normal meal size and use a variety of jar sizes for different purposes.
  • Bone broth can be stored by freezing if you have space for up to about a year.  To honest, it never lasts that long around our house. it is just too useful for soup, stews, and chills,   Freezing in ice cubes, then placing in a freezer container, makes it easy to use the broth in small quantities.

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