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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:14 am    Post subject: Beef Stock Reply with quote

I got two pots with each with 5 liters of homemade beef stock gently simmering on the oven. One is a basic fond blanc (a light-golden one, basis for soups) and the other a fond brun (a dark brown rich fond I use for gravy).

I wish the brown one was veal but I didn't get any bones so beef will do as well. When done it will be reduced until it's thick and gelatinous.

The smell already is fantastic ...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yumm, Vader.

Do you roast your bones first?
I do my beef stock like my tomato sauce, overnight in the oven set at about 250F for 12 hours.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sheeesh...all your talk about prep/recipes Vader, and the stuff you say about plating....if I ever get back to Europe, I'm gonna knock on your door and beg for a meal.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the dark fond I put the bones with a bit of butter fat on a deep tray and roast them in the oven (without burning them to avoid bitterness). I then add diced carrots, celeriac, onions, garlic and leek and let brown a bit. I strain off the excess fat and put everything into a big pot. I also add lots of beef to the bones.

I then put the tray on the cooker, add a bit of tomato puree and let it slightly roast. I deglace it with red wine, let it reduce and it starts roasting again, deglace it again with red wine and so on. I do this three times before I add this pan drippings/wine/tomato puree stuff to the cooking pot. In goes lots of water, a bit of diced /skinned and seeds reduced) tomato, bay leaves, thyme, flat parsley and a few pepper corns.

Then I bring it to the boil and let simmer uncovered for at least 4 hours, skimming off the grey foam every now and then. When it's finished I strain it to a sieve (sometimes even to a piece of cloth) to get it clear. After cooling down I remove some more fat and then brting it to the boil again and let reduce A LOT.

The light fond is simpler. I just put beef and bones with carrots, celeriac, onion, leek, bay leaves, flat parsley and a few pepper corns into a pot, add water and let cook for hours.

As you might notice I don't add salt. It would get too salty when being reduced heavily.

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