Beef Bone Broth

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Ingredients (8 serves) :

  • 1 large packet of grass-fed beef bones (1-1.5kg)

  • 2 medium unpeeled carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 medium leek, end trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 medium onion, quartered

  • 1 garlic head, halved crosswise

  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place beef bones, carrots, leek, onion, and garlic on a roasting pan or and roast for 20 minutes. Toss the contents of the pan and continue to roast until deeply browned, about 20 minutes more.

  2. Fill a large stockpot or slow cooker with 12 cups of water (preferably filtered) . Add celery, bay leaves, peppercorns, and vinegar. Scrape the roasted bones and vegetables into the pot along with any juices. Add more water if necessary to cover bones and vegetables. Cover the pot and bring to a gentle boil or leave on low for slow cooker option. Reduce heat to a very low simmer and cook with lid slightly ajar, skimming foam and excess fat occasionally, for at least 8 but up to 24 hours on the stovetop. Add more water if necessary to ensure bones are always covered.

  3. Strain broth using a fine-mesh sieve and discard bones and vegetables. Let continue to cool until barely warm, then refrigerate in smaller containers overnight.