Brown (Creole) beef stock

Slowly makes about 4 litres of stock.

  • 4 kg beef bones, including knuckle bones, trimmings, etc., cut (with the saw?) into smallish pieces
  • Oil
  • 100g tomato paste, thinned with 2 tablespoons water
  • 6-7 litres cold water
  • 600g mirepoix:
  •      300g onions, coarsely chopped
  •     150g carrots, coarsely chopped
  •     150g celery, coarsely chopped
  • 300g tomatoes, quartered
  • Sachet d’epices:
  •      3 or 4 parsley stems, chopped
  •      1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
  •      1 bay leaf
  •      1 whole clove
  •      1/2 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
  •      1 clove garlic, crushed

The spices above are placed into a small square of cheesecloth and tied into a sack (hence un sachet?).

  1. Heat the oven to 400F/200C.
  2. Lightly oil sheet pan and place in the oven to heat.
  3. Place the bones on the sheet pan and roast for 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
  4. Paint the bones with a thin layer of the thinned tomato paste, and roast for an additional 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until evenly browned.
  5. Place the bones in the stockpot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, and then lower to a simmer.
  6. Skim any scum that forms on the surface gradually as needed.
  7. Drain and reserve the fat from the pan;  deglaze the pan with water and add to the stockpot.
  8. Continue to simmer the stock for 6-7 hours, skimming as needed. If necessary, you may add more hot water to keep the bones covered.
  9. Toss the mirepoix with the fat and brown in the oven.
  10. Add the browned mirepoix, tomatoes and sachet to the pot.
  11. Simmer for another 1-2 hours.
  12. Strain the stock through a china funnel layered with cheesecloth, and cool the stockpot in an ice-water bath.
  13. Transfer to a container and refrigerate overnight; the next day, skim off all the fat that’s risen to the surface.
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