Homemade Beef Stock

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 6 to 8 hours
Servings 12 Cost Per Serving $0.79
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5 lbsBeef Bones, cut into pieces so that the marrow (center) is exposed
3Large Carrots, roughly chopped
2Large Onions, roughly chopped
3Celery Stalks, roughly chopped
1 headGarlic
3 eachBay Leaf, Thyme Sprigs, Parsley Stems
8Black Peppercorns
1 tbspOlive Oil
2Tomato Paste


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine the beef bones, carrots, celery, onions, tomato paste and olive oil in a large baking tray. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Add to a large stock pot with the remaining ingredients. Cover with cold water until about 3 inches above the bones. Bring the water low boil and gently simmer for about 6 to 8 hours. Skim the fat off the top of the pot every once and a while.
  4. Remove the bones from the pot and when it’s cool enough to handle, pour the stock through a strainer lined with cheese cloth into another pot. Chill the refrigerator. Remove any other fat left on top, distribute into smaller jars or even ice cube trays. The stock will last 3 to 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 to 4 months in the freezer.


  • Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. A third of the amino acids in bone broth are glycine, which may help lower inflammation. Inflammation is linked to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Crohn’s disease.
  • Boiling animal bones and joints to make broth releases a protein called collagen. Collagen contains a clear, gel-like substance called gelatin. Gelatin absorbs water and forms a gel in the intestines, which helps slow the movement of food through the digestive system. This is helpful for managing diarrhea and also helps the intestines absorb more nutrients from the food you eat.
  • Dehydration, or not getting enough fluids, is a common problem caused by chronic diarrhea because of cancer treatment, Crohn’s disease or colitis. Having broth throughout the day is a great way to replace lost fluids and sodium (salt). Anything that is liquid at room temperature counts as a fluid. Most healthy adults should aim for 2 litres (8 cups) of fluid each day. You will need more if you are vomiting, have diarrhea, or sweat lots. Ask your doctor or dietitian how much fluid you need.