How To Make Beef Stock
Learn how to make beef stock and use this beef stock (or broth) recipe in place of commercial stock cubes when cooking for baby.
Store bought stock cubes can be very salty (find out more about the dangers of adding salt to baby food), whereas homemade beef broth is simple to prepare – and much healthier for your baby.
Homemade Beef Stock
2-3 lb chopped beef bones (ideally with some marrow bone)
8 cups (4 pints water)
1 stick celery
bouquet garni (1 bay leaf, sprig of thyme and 3 parsley stalks)
4 black peppercorns
Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for several hours, until the liquid is reduced by half.
Strain and cool – the fat will become visible and can be removed with a spoon.
TIP: To store the stock, freeze in ice cube trays and, once frozen, store in plastic freezer bags.
If your baby is reluctant to eat vegetables, then try cooking them in homemade stock instead of water – this gives a richer taste that some babies prefer!