Home made Beef Broth Gelatin –
I have not set out to make home made beef broth – gelatin for probably over 20 years. I have made and saved some for use when I have cooked a roast or something like that. Anyway….I bought some Powdered Gelatin and in doing my research I was reminded of making home made. So I have a pot going on the stove right now!!
Let me say the reason I have not made it in years as I have always fed my dogs Raw with the BARF principals so my dogs got all the beef bones. Now I am down to one dog and she developed pancreatitis last year and my Natural vet told me she could no longer handle over 10% fat or the raw meals.
I am buying a half of Dexter Beef in the next couple of months so I am diligently working on eating out of my freezer. And what did I remember was in there yesterday???? A bag of Dexter grass fed beef bones given to me by a client.
So, what is the process to making your healthy homemade beef gelatin?
Take your variety of beef bones and place them in a roasting pan and put them in the oven at 350 degrees until they are nicely browned. This timing will depend on how full you fill your oven. I only had a small bag of bones so it fit in one pan. I let them roast three hours. (When I get my new beef I will do a large batch at once since the oven will be on anyway.)
Once you have roasted your bones, transfer them to a stock pot or any large pot. Cover them with water by a couple of inches, but you need a couple of inches of space at the top of your pot so you don’t have major boil over. My stock pot is probably about 5 quarts and to the water and bones I
added 1/2 cup of vinegar, (I understand the vinegar helps to leach out the nutrients from the bone.) and some vegetables. This would also be a good use of your large Crock Pot, so you could turn it on and forget about it. Bring your pot to a slow simmer, put a lid on it and forget it. I cooked mine for 36 hours. Because I did it on the stove top, I turned the pot off every night and turned it on again in the morning. I Will be doing it in the Crock pot
next time. On the last day I scooped all the bones out with a slotted spoon and scraped off any remaining meat and pushed out the marrow so it would be in my stock. I then added some salt and pepper to taste and let it simmer some more. At the end of my third day, I drained the bones from the from the stock and put it in jars. I put a couple in the freezer and a couple in my fridge to use right away.
There will be fat that will come to the top as it cools. Some people use it for their cooking. That is a personal preference.
At the time of finally getting this post complete I have already drank or cooked with all my stock and am looking forward to my beef delivery.
Do you cook your own bone broth? Share your ideas in the comment section below.