If you have a bunch of leftover beef soup bones, don't throw them out just yet. You can still use those bones to make yourself a tasty, rich broth. The broth is this flavorful liquid that is made by simmering bones, meat, and vegetables in water. What's great about broth is that you can use it to make other meals more flavorful too.
So if you find yourself asking what to do with beef soup bones, use them to make yourself some broth instead of throwing them away. It's relatively easy and very resourceful.
What Is Broth?
Broth is basically a kind of soup infused with several ingredients including meat, bones, vegetables, and spices. You can easily make broth at your kitchen with the use of a large pot, fresh water, any type of bone (chicken, beef, pork, fish), and your preferred vegetables.
The reason why I told you not to throw your bones away is because it packs in a lot of flavors. Bones contain bone marrows that give off a rich and meaty taste. Whatever type of bone you use, may it be beef, pork, chicken, or fish, and it will add the meat's flavor to your broth.
A fine, flavorful broth can be used for several dishes to add taste. It can also be used to make some fine gravy.
Making The Broth
Making some broth is fairly easy. All you'll need is some bones, preferably with a little meat stuck on them, a large pot, and fresh water. If you'd like to add a sense of tanginess to your broth, you should add in some apple cider vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice as well.
To start whipping up a batch of beef bone broth, just put your beef bones in the pot. Add some water until it's at least two inches higher than your stack of bones, add your vinegar or lemon juice, and just let it simmer for a couple of hours depending on how flavorful you want it to be.
But if you have some extra time, I suggest browning the bones first before adding them to the pot to make its natural flavors come out once simmered.
Take note that you can also use this basic procedure on bones from other animals including chickens, turkey, fish, and pigs. Take note, though, each type of bone will differ in the simmering time.
Since broths are used to add flavor to meals, it must contain a lot of flavor, which is why broth is simmered for hours or even days to bring out all the flavors from the bones. If you are using beef bones, you can get the most flavors for your broth by simmering the bones at low heat for 12 hours up to 2 days.
The same also goes for lamb, pork, and venison bones. But if you're planning on making broth with chicken bones, you will do just fine by simmering the bones for 6 hours up to 1 whole day.
As you simmer your bones, you will notice a foamy layer of goop floating on the surface of your broth. These foamy substances are impurities that get extracted from the fatty bones during the heating process. Simply remove the foam that keeps on building up on the surface as you simmer your bones.
It is important to know that these foamy substances continue to build up the whole time you are simmering your bones. This means that you would really have to constantly check your broth to scoop out any foam build up.
Once you are done simmering your bones, simply take out the bones from the pot, and use a sifter to separate all the solids from the liquids. You will now end up with a fine batch of flavorful broth that you can immediately use for all sorts of meals.
However, if you do decide to use your broth for later, simply place it in a container with a lid, cap it and let it cool to room temperature. Once the broth has cooled, you may now store it in your freezer.
When using broth that is stored in the freezer, you may notice a thick layer of fat that has formed on the surface of your broth. Before you use your broth, simply scoop out the formed fat and reheat your soup in a pot or in your microwave.
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I hope this article has provided you with extra knowledge in the kitchen. Using leftover bones to make broth is an excellent way to be resourceful in the kitchen. And just like any professional chef, you will be able to make flavorful meals, sauces, and even dips with the broths you make.
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