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Making stock from bones?

After braising shirt rib on the bone, is it possible to use the bones to make beef stock? Or are the bones completely spent?

asked by Vitaly,Umansky about 2 years ago
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added about 2 years ago

Yes you can make stock from those bones too.

added about 2 years ago

I like to save onion tops, carrot peelings and celery ends for my stock, too (even mushroom ends. especially for vegetable stock). Throughout the week I just put them in a container in my fridge until it's stock time! I brown the bones with the vegetables and whole peppercorns. Makes great stock!


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added about 2 years ago

Another yes to your question. There is still flavor in the bones, although not as strong as if they were raw. I would use the same method as darksideofthespoon recommends. Consider "painting" the bones with tomato paste before browning with the aromatics as it will give your stock a nicer color.

added about 2 years ago

I love all these ideas...and short ribs for stock? Delicious! Fat cells are made in the bone marrow. I'm a huge advocate of skimming the fat off as the stock simmers or your digestive system will pay for it. Freeze your stock in 16 oz containers for greatest versatility (could also remove fat after freezing). Homemade stock has lots more calories than other stocks, too.

added about 2 years ago

I completely agree with the "painting" the bones with tomato paste before roasting. That's what I do with oxtails for a great stock. If using oxtails, you need to strain the stock, chill it then remove the far. Oh so much flavor!

added about 2 years ago

Butchers who buy whole sides of beef and/or kill their own cattle usually sell bones for the best price. I like to paint my bones with red miso paste for extra umami.

added about 2 years ago

I'd recommend using those bones as well as uncooked bones. You likely will get a weak flavoured stock using only the cooked ones