Paleo Recipe - Making Stock

Taking Stock, Gratitude And Making Stock

Sitting here on a beautiful Sunday counting my blessings, cleaning out my fridge, building a gratitude tree to expand upon over the coming month and catching up here.

I posted Friday the challenges I face when I fall behind, then feel bad about falling behind, so…. fall further behind still. Realizing this cycle doesn’t serve me, or you looking for recipes, musings, or maybe just a little inspiration well. Realizing I am grateful to have a place to share my experiences and a community that is interested regardless of my regularity of posts. Last night I discussed this a bit with a friend who follows the site and her response was, I love your site because it’s real. That meant a lot. Moving forward…

Paleo Diet Recipes - Make Your Own Stock

One week ago today we were bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. One year after a freak snow storm we had that wiped out trees and power, rooks, and more in our neck of the woods. We raced through our yard picking up any and every object that could serve as a projectile, we moved wood piles right up next to the house, placed candles and flashlights everywhere we might need them and we waited…

As I sit here this Sunday, one week later, with life as usual, on a bright sunny fall day, I am full of gratitude. Gratitude for our personal safety. For the fact that our town suffered very little. For the fact that this little neck of the woods pulled through relatively unscathed.

I am also full of good wishes, and positive thoughts and sadness over what people less than 40 minutes from us are experiencing. For a family member whose entire office and all their medical equipment was wiped out in Long Island. For the lives that were lost, the homes that were damaged, the towns that will have to rebuild.

Taking stock…

Taking stock mentally, spiritually and physically.

How does this all apply to what I share here? We did lose power over the storm which meant we had to toss a good part of our fridge that we couldn’t run across and stow in a family members fridge. This created an opportunity for me to do something that I don’t do nearly enough. Clean the fridge. I was able to throw away anything we don’t use. Anything that has passed it’s prime. Anything just taking up space. and then, I was able to scour the shelves and drawers… It took me a week to get around to actually doing this. Once I completed it this morning I felt a huge relief. Moving forward…

Paleo Lifestyle - Meditation

Taking this opportunity as I take stock to make stock and vegetable beef soup… Tossing all of the odds and ends and random bits of produce in a big pot. Using some of the soup shanks we got from our cow share last Spring that has been sitting in the freezer. Simmering it over the course of the day. Sharing the soup with family this evening and freezing the stock for later use in recipes. Maybe a little at a time when sauteing veggies or all in one lump sum as I make soup again, to share again, with friends and family.

For all of this, safety, food, friends, family, you… I am so grateful! These will be but a few of the leaves I hang on our tree today.

Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup
Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Soup
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A hearty and delicious soup that you can make using Paleo diet approved foods that the whole family can enjoy.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs (907 g) Beef - Cubed
  • 6 Carrots – Cleaned, Peeled and Divided
  • ½ Head Cabbage – Cleaned, Cut Into 2 Inch Pieces
  • 1 Bunch Kale – Cleaned, Ribs Removed and Torn Into Pieces
  • 4 Cups Green Beans
  • 1 Turnip – Cleaned, Pealed and Cubed
  • 1 Can Whole Tomatoes – Cut and Juice Kept
  • 3 Celery Sticks – Cleaned and Divided
  • 1 Large Onion – Peeled and Chopped
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Few Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Olive Oil
  • 4 Quarts (3.8 Liters) Homemade Beef Stock
Instructions
  1. • Prepare a large cast iron Dutch oven or a heavy pot bottom and place over medium heat. Heat the olive oil in the Dutch oven or pot.
  2. • While waiting for the oil to get hot, season the beef cubes with pepper and salt. Brown all sides of the beef into the hot olive oil.
  3. • Once the beef is browned on all side, add in half of the onion, 1 carrot, and 1 stick of celery. Add the beef broth to the beef and vegetables.
  4. • Cook the beef and vegetables on a low heat for one hour. Once done, remove the vegetables from the soup and discard.
  5. • Add the cut canned tomatoes and juice, bay leaves and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. • Cook again on low heat for 30 minutes.
  7. • Add the remaining carrots along with the turnips and celery to the soup. Cook for another 20 minutes.
  8. • Then add the kale and cabbage and cook for another 30 minutes.
  9. • Serve the soup while hot and enjoy!
This soup can become your own comfort food whenever you are doing a project at home just like I did. What makes this recipe better is the homemade beef stock that I made. It made the soup have a “personalized” appeal to it and unique than other soups made with store-bought broth. Making our own stock also has its benefits, since you know what you added in the stock and you know how old the stock is. Making a Paleo approved beef stock is also easier than it sounds like and will not require much effort if you do it the right way.

If you are unsure of making your own stock, here are a few tips I gathered and experienced myself when I began making my own Paleo stock. You can incorporate these tips with the ones you already know and you may even come up with a more delicious stock.

Choose The Ingredients Well 

Paleo Diet Recipes - Choose The Right Ingredients

Though stocks commonly use bones, you must still check the bones you will use. Thicker bones may produce a slightly tastier stock. You will need to simmer these for a long time, so having enough bones on the pot. If you are making a vegetable stock, make sure you use the fresh vegetables and the types that will not easily break down so you’ll have a clean stock.

Have The Right Pots, Cooker And/Or Other Kitchen Items Ready 

Paleo Diet - Use The Right Pans

Most stocks will take some time to cook, so having the right pots or cookers to do the trick will be a great help. Slow cookers are used by many in making their stock since it can be used without much supervision. Some use heavy bottom pots can be used on a low heat and still cook and produce great stock.

Know The Right Time Frame For Cooking

Paleo Recipes - Know The Right Frame Time For Cooking

Different bones mean different time frames for cooking. Chicken and fish bones are soft and stock can be made from these two without even going beyond two hours. Cooking these soft bones over two hours will produce a gelatinous stock. Harder bones from bigger animals, such as beef and pork will need more hours to cook to get the best stock. Most of the time, harder bones require four hours or even more in order to get a gelatinous, concentrated stock. A vegetable stock will not take much time to get a good stock since some vegetables can become very soft.

Add Spices And Herbs

Paleo Food - Add Herbs And Spices

To make your stock smell and taste wonderful as well as increase its health benefits, you can add a few spices and herbs of your choice. You can go mild by adding a small amount of black pepper or add herbs that can enhance the aroma of your stock. You can experiment with spices and herbs and make sure that it does not overpower the stock. Do not forget to remove the herbs or strain the stock once done to remove any particles.

Learn How To Store Stocks Properly

Paleo Recipes - Learn How To Store Stock Properly

After making the stock, make sure you let it cool quickly and transfer it into a clean, airtight container. To cool the stock quickly, the sink or a basin ready with cold water. Place the hot pot on the basin or sink with cold water immediately, lowering down the temperature of the stock safely. Label the stock if you must with the date you made it in order to remember how long it has been in your fridge. If you want to keep the stock longer, you can freeze it and keep it frozen for a week or two until needed. Keeping cooked food longer in the fridge or freezer is not entirely safe so you must consume cooked food, including stock, as soon as you can.

It is indeed inspiring and heart-warming to have a gratitude tree at home and partner it with a lovely soup made from Paleo stock. After a storm, having calm days like this will keep your mind positive and know that it is a great and wonderful world we are in after all.

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