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How to make meat broth

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  • The Basics
Beef broth is a stable ingredient for making many types of fresh stuffed pasta, risotto and a multitude of Italian recipes. This basic preparation is one of the most important for Italian cooks.

Ingredients: Per 4 servings

  • 16 cups water
  • lb beef
  • ¼ hen, or capon
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove
  • 1 carrot
  • 5 stalks parsley

Preparation:

Cooking time: 3 to 6 hours

We recommend that you use one or a combination of the following cuts of beef: chuck, hanger, round, flank steak, beef shank.
For the capon or hen meat, any part of the bird will work. You can even use a whole bird if it has been cleaned well and had its interiors removed.

To prepare the broth, begin by filling an earthenware, or otherwise thick-bottomed pot, with cold water. Add the meat and let it sit for about 30 minutes. If you like stronger flavors, you can add beef bones to the pot as well.

Then place the pot over very low heat and bring to a simmer. Salt lightly and begin to skim the pot with a skimmer or slotted spoon, removing any impurities that have risen to the top.

Once the broth is completely clean and clear, remove the pot from the heat and let cool. Then bring back to a simmer over low heat, adding the celery, peeled carrot and parsley. Push the clove into the onion, so that it will be easy to remove at the end of cooking.

Cover the pot and cook over very low heat for at least 3 hours, or longer, if necessary. Just before removing the pot from the heat, salt the broth with coarse sea salt. Then filter the broth through a chinois.

Let the broth cool down to room temperature. A layer of fat should form on the top of the broth. Use a slotted spoon to remove some or all of the fat, depending on whether you want a fat-free broth or not.