As followers of my blog realise, I struggle mightily each late August through September with ragweed allergies. It’s been so since my middle child turned one year old in 1994. Oddly, of the three children, he is the only one who also suffers badly from same allergy. I’ve discovered this year that our home raised grassfinished beef broth either drank alone or with finely chopped onions and a pinch of powdered garlic really hits the spot.
Cook a roast or stew meat or thick cut steak in water just deep enough to just covering the meat, then remove the meat and any bones with a strainer spoon. My go-to is this Nesco Roast Air Oven. I don’t know if these are even made anymore, and i didn’t like the noisy fan and motor. However, i simply covered the attachment hole in the lid with tape. Paid $2 for this handy kitchen item at a church bazaar some 10-12 years ago. Handy, handy, handy. You can buy new ones in this 6 quart size and others from Nesco without the attachable motor.
Pour the liquid into a pot or jar to cool. I like using these quart sized freezer jars since i can pour it in piping hot instead of waiting for liquid to cool. Plus the slim design allows for not taking up much space on the counter whilst cooling and later into the frig.
Whilst cooling, the saturated fat will rise to the top and eventually harden. I put mine in the frig once the liquid has come to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer to a plastic container to freezer or top with the screw lid and stick these jars in the freezer. Great to thaw and make broth this winter, cook potatoes or pasta in this, or thicken for brown gravy.
Scrape the hardened fat from the top of the cooled beef liquid. i place mine in a storage container and stick in the freezer or frig. Use in place of butter or oil for extra flavour. Or feed it to the chooks and your pets. Just please don’t throw it away.