Recipe: Meat StockJul 17, 2023
- Assorted joint bones and meat close to the bone (e.g., lamb shanks, neck chops, chicken drumsticks, beef osso bucco, etc.)
- Filtered water
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1. In a stock pot, place your chosen cut of meat and cover it with water.
2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.
4. Skim off any scum that rises to the surface.
5. Cover the pot and simmer for the following times: 1 to 1 1/2 hours for fish, 2 hours for chicken, 3 to 4 hours for beef, lamb, or pork. Cook until the meat is tender and can be easily pulled off the bone with a fork.
6. Remove the pot from heat and place it in a sink filled with cold water to cool the stock quickly.
7. Once cooled, remove the meat and bones from the pot and set them aside in a dish.
8. Pour the stock into glass containers or jars, leaving some space at the top for expansion during freezing.
9. Cover the containers with lids and freeze. If using glass jars, freeze without lids and add them once the stock is frozen to prevent cracking.
10. It is best to store your stock in glass containers rather than plastic to avoid leeching of chemicals into the fats and liquids.
11. When ready to use, thaw the stock and gently simmer in a heavy-bottomed saucepan on the stovetop. Avoid reheating in the microwave to preserve the integrity of the proteins.
Benefits of Meat Stock vs. Bone Broth:
- Short-cooked meat stocks are more effective for healing a damaged gut lining due to their higher amounts of glycine, proline, gelatine, and collagen. These amino acids are crucial for rebuilding and supporting connective tissues in the body.
- While bone broths have their benefits, meat stocks are more foundational and beneficial for gut healing.
- Incorporate meat stock into your diet by drinking it alone (500ml/day) or by using it in gravies, sauces, soups, stews, and other recipes.
- Nutritionist Elyse Comerford suggests that the more meat stock you consume, the quicker your healing process may be.
Enjoy the healing properties and flavourful addition that meat stock brings to your meals. Drink it or incorporate it into your favourite recipes to support your overall well-being.