The Base to soups, stews and many dishes. Many recipes call for broth, and broth makes for most of the flavour. Starting with a good broth is the secret to successful cooking that is packed with good flavour. Broths are the base of flavour layering and creating deep flavours in your cooking.
This is the basic Beef Broth Recipe. You can experiment with different herbs, spices and vegetables according to the flavours you are after. Changing those will give your final broth the flavours and aromas of the ingredients you have chosen to add to your recipe. (this applies to chicken and lamb too)To me, this is the base of all cooking. All Good foods start with a good broth...
Line a large colander with 2 layers of 100% cotton cheesecloth. Set Colander in a large heatproof bowl; carefully pour broth into the lined colander.
Discard bones, vegetables and Seasoning.
|Fat Skimming Broth Jug|
You can skim the fat from broth using the fat skimming ladle, or by placing it in fridge for 6-8 hours and removing the fat layer that forms on top.
you can cover broth and chill for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 6 months. Freezing broth is very useful as making it could be time consuming. you can make a large amount of broth, and freeze it in 1 cup portions, or as ice cubes, which you can use as you cook.
Note that: thawed foods cannot be refrozen, therefore it is best you freeze in portions that you regularly use.
Other useful broth recipes
Chicken broth Recipe
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