Making Beef Stock
Most home cooks are intimidated by making stocks. Making a good stock is a cakewalk, as long as you follow a few simple rules:
- Always start with cold water
- Never boil
- Never stir
- Cook your stock slow & low, no shortcuts
A well made stock has no store bought equivalent. There are many dishes within New Orleans Cuisine that require a good beef stock: Turtle Soup, Marchand de Vin Sauce, Demi Glace, Sauce Robert, Creole Onion Soup, Espagnole Sauce, and many more. You have to do some planning however, before you make your stock. About a week before the day, I start saving trimmings from onions, celery, and carrots. Also put your bones into the refrigerator from the freezer, about 3-4 days before you plan on making the stock. Make stock on a day when you plan on staying around the house, maybe laundry day. There isn't a lot of work involved, just a lot of time.