This stock serves as the base for our French Onion Soup.

Martha Stewart Living, October 1999



Recipe Summary

Makes 6 quarts


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  • Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Make a bouquet garni by wrapping parsley, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and peppercorns in a piece of cheesecloth. Tie with kitchen twine, and set aside.

  • Arrange meat, veal bones, onion, carrots, and celery in an even layer in a heavy roasting pan. Roast, turning every 20 minutes, until the vegetables and the bones are deep brown, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer the meat, bones, and vegetables to a large stockpot, and set aside. Pour off the fat from the roasting pan, and discard. Place the pan over high heat on the stove. Add wine, and use a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits; boil until the wine has reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Pour all of the liquid into the stockpot.

  • Add 6 quarts of cold water to the stockpot, or more if needed to cover bones. Do not add less water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a very gentle simmer. Add the reserved bouquet garni. Liquid should just bubble up to surface. Skim the foam from the surface, and discard. Simmer over the lowest possible heat for 3 hours; a skin will form on the surface of the liquid; skim off with a slotted spoon, and discard. Repeat as needed. Add water if at any time the level drops below the bones.

  • Fill the sink with ice water. Strain the stock through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Discard the solids. Transfer the bowl to an ice bath, and let cool to room temperature.

  • Transfer to airtight containers. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Stock may be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 4 months. If storing, leave fat layer intact to seal the stock. Before using, remove the fat that has collected on the surface.

Cook's Notes

This homemade beef stock will keep in the freezer for up to 4 months. A butcher's shop can cut veal bones into small pieces for you.


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You can get the cheese cloth at ANY supermarket - usually in the aisle where they have cheapo pots and pans. You can get the twine at most drug stores or on-line at cooking supply store. Just make sure that it's undyed COTTON twine - otherwise you'll end up with interesting flavors and tatste a-la Bridget Jones Diary....... Good Luck.
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I just wish I knew where to find these cooking tools like cheesecloth and cooking twine. I'm new to this and could use suggestions!