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Old 12-17-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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So I recently purchased a package of mixed cuts of beef from a local farmer. One of the things that came in it was a "soup bone". I've never used a bone to make soup before - what do I do with it?

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Re: Soup bone?

You can use it to make stock, or (I prefer) to make any beef-based dish richer. Great for Beef Stew, Meat Sauce, Pot Roast...Dogs love them, too.
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Re: Soup bone?

I've never made stock before (just buy the canned stuff) - so what do I do? Just boil the bone?
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Pretty much. Put it in a stock pot with some veggies - I like celery, onions, rutabaga, and carrots, maybe parsnips and sunchokes. Bay leaf, a sprig of thyme, some other herbs of you like. Add water to cover, cook all day on simmer.
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I like to let the bones simmer with herbs and onions for 24+ hours. Boiling will result in more cloudiness.
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Can I throw it in the crockpot? I am so not the cook - trying to learn though!
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Yes, just make sure your crockpot has a true LOW setting. Some boil on LOW, and you just want to simmer.
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Re: Soup bone?

Soup bones make great stock. You can roast it first, or just put it in the crockpot with enough water to cover, or nearly cover it. I usually set the crockpot on high for about 3-4 hours, then turn it to low for another 20-24 hours. Strain out the bones, let the stock cool, and use it in soups, gravies, sauces, drink it, etc. If you want, chill it in the fridge overnight, and skim off the fat. Use the fat for frying potatoes, baking, sautéing veggies, pastry, etc.

I usually cook the bones for another 24 hours, strain them out, and toss them (if I had a dog, I'd give the bones to the dog at that point, lol). My stock usually sets up like jello, even after a second cooking.

The soup bones I get from my butcher usually have enough meat on them that I pick it off after cooking. I use that for BBQ beef sandwiches or soup bone soup.


Welcome to the world of stock making! Once you figure out how to make your own stock, you'll never want to go back store-bought again. Fresh stock is the best!
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You can use the bone in a big ol' pot of beef vegetable soup, too (which is kinda like making stock + soup all at once). My mom always added a bone. Just throw the bone, some meat, some chopped up veg (carrots, onion, celery, parsnip, whatever), 1 can whole peeled tomatoes, some stock/broth if you have it BUT my mom always used straight water. And a handful of spices/herbs, whatever you like. Bring to a boil and then simmer for several hours. After... I dunno, 4 hours maybe, pull out the bone and it will be full of marrow. I like to spread it on buttered rye bread. Then I give the bone to my dog.
sorry, that's not much of a recipe, but that's how i cook... just eyeballing.
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