From the New York Times cooking archives we've found a wonderful broth recipe if you feel like cooking from scratch. Or if you don't have 15+ hours to cook and instead of three kgs or six pounds of beef bones you can simply use five heaping tablespoons of Best of the Bone with the same recipe.
But either way, the result is excellent. From the NYT courtesy of Julia Moskin:
"Bone broth" has become stylish as part of the Paleo diet, which enthusiastically recommends eating meat and bones and fresh un-processed foods. But cooks have known its wonderful qualities for centuries. This robust and savory beef broth — more than a stock, less than a soup — can be the basis for innumerable soups and stews, but it also makes a satisfying and nourishing snack on its own that is great for your gut and overall health."
A quick note, if using Best of the Bone you won't of course need the bones & meat but also you can reduce the vinegar used below to two tablespoons (instead of 1/4 cup).
- .75Kgs/1 ½ pounds bone-in beef short rib
- 1kg/2 ½ pounds beef shank or oxtail
- 1kg/2 pounds beef knucklebones or neck bones, or a combination of both (or add 1 more pound beef shank or oxtail)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
- 2 onions, halved and peeled
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomatoes (they can be whole, peeled or diced)
- 1 head garlic, excess skins removed, top chopped off to expose the cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
- ½ bunch fresh thyme
- ¼ ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- Heat oven to 175 Celcius/350F degrees. Place meat and bones in a roasting pan or on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, turning to coat, then brush all over with tomato paste. Roast until browned, 30 to 35 minutes. They don’t need to cook all the way through but to just develop some color.
- Put roasted meat and bones in a 11 liter/12-quart stockpot and add vinegar and enough cold water to cover by 3 inches/7.5cm (about 5.6 liters/6 quarts). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours. While simmering, occasionally skim fat and foam from the top using a ladle.
- Add all the remaining ingredients. Continue to simmer, uncovered, for a minimum of 3 hours. If using knucklebones, simmer overnight, 9 to 15 hours, so the knucklebones have sufficient time to break down.
- Remove meat and bones with a slotted spoon or tongs; reserve meat for another use (such as soup). Pour broth through a fine-mesh strainer into a large heatproof bowl. Once broth has cooled enjoy immediately and continue to use any leftover as a stock/base, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
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