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homemade beef broth and boullon cubes

Homemade Beef Stock

A flavorful homemade beef stock. There is a richness about it that is just not available in commercially available stocks, plus it's much lower in sodium.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 15 mins
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cups


  • 4 pounds meaty beef bones
  • 2 onions cut into quarters
  • 2 large carrots cut into halves
  • 4 celery ribs cut into halves
  • 3 1/2 quarts cold water
  • Small Bunch of Fresh Parsley
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 T Fresh Thyme
  • Black Peppercorns
  • 3 Garlic Cloves


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Rinse bones in cold water and place in a large roasting pan. Roast for 30 minutes turning once.
  • Add onions, carrots, and celery on top of bones. Roast an additional 30 minutes.
  • Remove the vegetables and bones, then place in the stockpot.
  • The next step is to deglaze the pan to get all the delicious cooking juices into your stock.
  • Place the roasting pan on an oven burner over medium-high heat.
  • Pour 1/2 of the cold water in the pan (about 2 cups) and cook about 2-3 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan constantly.
  • Continue cooking until the mixture is reduced by about half, then add to stockpot.
  • Add remaining water, herbs, peppercorns and garlic to stockpot.
  • Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low-medium and let simmer for 3-4 hours. Occasionally remove any foam that bubbles up to the top.
  • Remove stock from heat and allow to cool.
  • Remove and discard bones & large vegetables.
  • Line a colander with several layers of damp cheesecloth.
  • Pour stock through the colander into a large pitcher or bowl.
  • Refrigerate your homemade beef stock in a covered container, skim excess fat before use.


  • Stock can be stored fresh in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Frozen it will keep for several months.
  • You can use veal or bison bones instead of beef or try a combination.
  • A few ounces tomato paste can be spread over the beef bones before adding the vegetables if desired.
Keyword beef stock, bone broth, homemade broth, soup