Thursday, April 30, 2015

Making Beef Fit in the Freezer

I'm working hard to use things out of my freezer.  But last week I bought a bunch of meat because they sales were irresistible.  This was a shopping trip where I bought 4 packages of bone-in beef.  You can see it in the lower right corner.

The first thing I did was cut the meat off the bones.  I made these packages of 14 oz beef each.  I had cut some into cubes for beef stew and for steak & eggs (one of my favorite breakfasts) and some into strips for beef stroganoff or beef & broccoli.  The bag on the left includes the bones.

Next I boiled the bones to make beef broth.  I just covered them with water and set them on the stove to simmer.

In a few hours a nice stock had formed. I poured it though a strainer and threw out the bones & bits.

I put the liquid in the fridge to let the fat rise to the top.  After a few hours it looked like this.

I peeled the solid fat right off the top of the gelatinous stock and used the stock for beef & broccoli dinner.  I know it looks gross, but better out of the stock than in it!


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