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How to make a good meat broth: the secrets for the perfect recipe


Beef broth

Let's find out how to prepare a perfect meat broth: the recipe and all the tips.

The meat broth is one of those wild recipes that are good for practically all occasions: for a festive lunch, when we want to prepare a nice plate of tortellini in broth , for a light or winter dinner , or when we want a simple pasta in broth .

But its uses do not end there: we can use it to prepare elaborate dishes that require cooking in broth, or to enhance the taste of simple dishes (in semolina or vegetable purée), for risotto first courses … in short, as we said is really a wild card for our recipes!

For a savory broth, the secret lies in the ingredients chosen so that it turns out tasty. Let's see how to do it!

Beef broth
Beef broth

How to make meat broth

1. Peel the carrots and onion. Cut the carrots into coarse pieces, and divide the onion in half (white, golden or red: it will be fine anyway) by inserting some cloves inside the two ends that will flavor the beef broth.
2. Cut the celery stalks into pieces, then put all the vegetables in a large pot .
3. Wash the meat and add it to the pot along with the bones (preferably with the marrow), the cleaned parsley sprigs, the peppercorns and bay leaves and a handful of coarse salt.

Fill pot with water
Fill pot with water

4. Now cover everything with water (about 3-4 liters will be needed) and put the pot on the stove.

Bring the water to a simmer and remove the foam
Bring the water to a simmer and remove the foam

5. Turn on the heat under the pot and let the broth cook for about 3 hours. This phase is fundamental, because a good broth always begins its cold cooking! When it reaches a boil, lower the heat and let it simmer, eliminating, from time to time, the foam that is created on the surface due to the fat of the meat.

Drain the vegetables and meat
Drain the vegetables and meat

6. After about 3 hours the liquid will have decreased significantly. Then with a slotted spoon remove the vegetables and the meat, which if you want you will use to prepare a second dish (or, alternatively, you can keep in the fridge or freeze, depending on your needs).

Strain broth
Strain broth

7. Take a glass container, a colander and / or a clean gauze or cloth and filter the broth to remove excess fat (you can repeat the operation even 2-3 times until you obtain a clear broth without pieces). For best results, first filter with a colander, then another with gauze and, if necessary, a third, always with gauze and a colander.
8. Now put the broth back in the pot if you want to use it immediately or keep it in the fridge or freezer.

Serve your own broth or use it for your favorite soup recipes !

Meat for broth: which one to use?

To make an excellent broth, less valuable cuts of meat are usually used, such as the steak and the shoulder pulp but also the bovine tail and the bones of the knee or the femur . The fat of these pieces will make the final taste much fuller and tastier, for this reason in fact fillet or similar parts of the animal are not usually used. Certainly the matter changes when you want to prepare a boiled meat, in this case you can use the broth for other preparations , but the meat can be chosen more carefully as brisket, real or ossobuco.

Many also make a mixed meat broth, also using poultry such as hen or capon . Usually the meat broth for Christmas lunch, in many parts of Italy, involves the use of beef together with the capon with its bones.

storage

We recommend keeping the broth in the fridge for a maximum of 3-4 days , in a container with a special lid. You can also freeze the meat broth in single-portion cubes so that it can be kept for months. To freeze the broth in the freezer we recommend using the ice molds, they will be convenient and easy to portion.

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