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How to Make Beef Stock Like a Pro

Hint. Time is your best friend.

how to make beef stock

When I attended classes at The Culinary Institute of America my first class was Skills One where we learned how to slice, dice, chop, and make soups and stocks. One of my favorite lessons was when we learned how to make beef stock. The roasted the bones and the smell that came from the ovens was incredible and the process can be used for other brown stocks as well.

To make a stock as good as the ones we made lightly coat the bones with olive oil and season before putting them in a 450 degree oven to become well browned. You can use a sheet pan if you have a large amount of bones or a cast iron skillet for fewer bones. Stack the bones if you need to but make sure any melted marrow drips into the pan. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes.

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Life Hand You A Bowl of Cherries? Make Cherry Jam

Not only is it delicious, cherry jam is easy to make

cherry jam

When we found the house at Clean Slate Farm it was like a gift. It had everything we were looking for and longed for in a home. There was a barn for Tess the horse, a million dollar view of the southern hills in central New York, perfect southern sun exposure for my vegetable and herb gardens, and a kitchen to die for. We moved in on a brisk November day and never looked back.

Come spring we found yet another reason to love Clean Slate Farm. The original owner worked for a nursery and had planted several varieties of apple trees and several cherry trees. Fast forward forty-seven years and not only do we get to enjoy the blossoms in the spring, as do our bees, we get Follow the tracks for more

Blackberry Barbecue Sauce with Ginger

We used some of this great harvest to make blackberry barbecue sauce

blackberry BBQ sauce

This year is providing a terrific harvest for berries of all kinds at Clean Slate Farm and the blackberries are no exception. In the six years we’ve been here I can’t remember a better harvest. Strawberries, cherries, now blackberries and the apples look like a great crop coming along as well.

Yesterday I took walk below the paddock to see how the blackberries were coming along and it’s a good thing I brought some quart size containers. In a matter of 1/2 hour I filled three and could have filled another if I had one.

The blackberry vines are under some pine trees with the lower branches cut off for easier access. Half of the vines get a good deal of sun with afternoon shade Follow the tracks for more