I wasn't sure what to expect....a bare bone? But I opened them up to find some great meaty bones with nutritious marrow in the middle and began googling all my options. I found that beef marrow is a gourmet treat. I guess people roast it up and it turns into something spreadable like butter. Then they put it on toast, salt it and eat it in ecstasy.
Blech. I'm so not classy like that.
Instead I found a delicious looking roasted beef broth recipe that I tweaked to incorporate the ingredients I had on hand. I came out with a rich, golden, herby broth that looked good enough to drink from the stock pot.
The dog got the leftover bones with the marrow in them (It tasted like cooked jiggly fat. No way was I eating that on toast). So if you find yourself with some beef bones on your hand, or get them cheap from the butcher, here's an excellent recipe.
Homemade Beef Broth
Start with 5 lbs beef marrow bones. Roast bones at 400 for 30 minutes.
Then add 2 cups chopped onion and 1 cup each of celery and carrots. Continue to roast until vegetables begin to brown.
Transfer to stock pot and cover with 4 quarts cold water. Bring to simmer and skim.
Add 1 leek, 3 sprigs thyme, 6 parsley stems and a bay leaf. Add a dozen peppercorns and three gloves of garlic then simmer for 5 hours.
Strain out chunks, sort out meat, (feed bones to dog) and store in containers in the freezer.
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