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How to make chicken stock or beef stock in the oven

How to make chicken stock or beef stock in the oven. Learn how to save time & money while making the best stock for soup, stew and gravy.

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I have often talked about making homemade stock over the years here on Rock Recipes. I sometimes refer to myself as a collector of bones because it sounds humorously macabre.

The truth though is that saving bones from trimming chicken and beef is a great way to make the best, richest flavoured stock for soups, stews, gravies and sauces.

Supermarket stock is great in a pinch but nothing beats homemade where you can control the amount of salt and seasoning to suit your own taste and purpose. For so many reasons it really is worth discovering how to make chicken stock at home…or any stock.

Of course you can always ask your butcher for bones but I also collect bones for stock in several ways. I often buy whole chickens and break them down myself when I need chicken parts.

I very often buy bone-in chicken pieces and de-bone them myself as well, especially when they are on sale.

How to make chicken stock or beef stock in the oven

Beef for stock.

When buying beef for a soup or stew for example, I will buy cheaper, bone-in cuts like blade roast and trim and cut the beef pieces myself to save the bones for later. Currently, because of a recent great sale at the supermarket, there are a bunch of t-bone steak bones in my freezer waiting to be made into stock.

I cut the strip loin steaks off the larger side and the beef tenderloin off the smaller side and freeze the bones. I often freeze the tenderloin fillets for the weekend because it’s my favorite cut to use for steak and eggs at brunch.

Bones from carving a bone-in roast or from a roast chicken carcass also make their way into my stocks. I treat them exactly the same as I would uncooked bones, very often combining the two at the same time; nothing gets wasted around here.

How to make chicken stock or beef stock in the oven
There are always a couple of large Ziploc bags in my freezer to which new bones get added as they are collected. A large Ziploc bag of bones will yield 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of stock in my experience.

My favorite way to make stock is in the oven.

My favorite way to make stock is in the oven, most often when something else, like a pot roast, braised chicken or baked beans is being cooked at the same time.

This is more economical, saves energy and except for the cost of a couple of veggies, results in delicious stock for practically no cost or extra time dedicated to making it. It’s a really efficient way to make stock with practically no extra effort.

How to make chicken stock or beef stock in the oven
I always roast off the bones with the vegetables I’m adding to caramelize them for better flavour and colour. You will always have better tasting stock this way. The roasting, along with the slow even simmer in the oven also makes for a more clear broth. It is important to very lightly season the bones before roasting.

Keep the salt and seasonings low.

Use only a fraction of the salt and pepper you would normally use. You want only enough to bring out the meat flavour while roasting; remember the end use of the stock will see extra seasoning and very often the reducing of its volume in many recipes.

Therefore, you don’t want to further concentrate the salt content when using the stock in your cooking. Many people I know make their stock in a slow cooker, which is a great idea too but I would still roast off the bones first to ensure the best flavour and colour.

Especially when making chicken stock, a tip I learned years ago from a saucier who worked in a fancy hotel kitchen, was to leave the onion skins on during the cooking time. The skins give a natural light amber colour to the broth as it cooks and that always looks much more appealing than cloudy, pale, anemic looking stock.

So go ahead, become a collector of bones yourself and get into the routine of making your own stock when making slow cooked meals in the oven. Once you get into this low effort method, you’ll wonder why you never did before.

How to make chicken stock or beef stock in the oven. How to save time & money while making the best stock for soup, stew and gravy.

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How to make chicken stock or beef stock in the oven. How to save time & money while making the best stock for soup, stew and gravy.
Yield: 8 cups stock approximately

How to Make Inexpensive No Fuss Chicken or Beef Stock in the Oven

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

It's so easy to easily make chicken or beef stock in the oven at the same time as slow cooking or braising something else.

Ingredients

  • 2 -3 pounds bones and meat trimmings
  • 2 carrots, cut in large chunks
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 large onion, cut in large chunks
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic, crushed with the side of a knife blade
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • water

Instructions

  1. Toss together all the ingredients in a small covered roasting pan or in a heavy covered dutch oven. Cover and roast at 350 degrees F for about an hour. Pour about 10 cups water (2 1/2 liters) over the roasted bones. cover and return to the oven for about 2 hours. Check it a couple of times. You may have to add additional water during this time to ensure the bones stay covered.
  2. Use a fine strainer to strain the stock off the bones. Skim the fat off the surface. You can chill the stock overnight for easy removal of all the fat if you like. Freeze in 16 ounce airtight plastic containers.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 46Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 14mgSodium 229mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 6g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Christine

Friday 16th of October 2020

For the first hour of roasting is any water required?

Heather

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Hi Barry. Would you add any herbs during the oven roasting. I usually put seasonings such as poultry seasoning, savory, marjoram, parsley and rosemary when I make a soup or roast a chicken. Do I add them at this point or do I wait until I actually use the broth? Also if my celery is not super fresh but not soft, does it affect the flavor at all? Thanks so much!

Judyann

Saturday 25th of April 2020

I buy 2 rotisserie chickens, and use the bones to make a broth. Would you still bake the bones, or do you think roasted rotisserie chicken bones don’t need to be roasted again?

Darlene

Monday 19th of August 2019

Hi. Is the first part of the roasting done without water?

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 19th of August 2019

Yes, I sometimes open roast the pieces on a cookie sheet too if I have a lot.

Jill Brubaker

Thursday 27th of June 2019

I have always made stock on the stove. Does baking in the oven bring out the gelatin in the bones like stove-top simmering?

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