A homemade, Italian meat broth that is delicate and light.
This meat broth is made from a combination of meats and vegetables. This is not stock. It is not meant to be intense and concentrated.
Brodo di Carne
- 5 pounds beef and veal, meat and bones (you can include chicken)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 peeled carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 medium, peeled, yellow onion
- 1 fresh, ripe tomato (you can substitute 1 whole, canned tomato)
- 1 sprig of flat leaf parsley
- 1 Tbs black peppercorns
- Put all ingredients in a large stockpot, pour in enough water to cover by 2 inches and place over a high heat.
- When the water begins to boil, turn the heat down to very low and skim off the froth. Cover the pot with the lid askew. Let gently simmer for 3 hours.
- When the broth is done, pour through a strainer and let it cool completely.
Note: You can store this broth in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can freeze and save for soups or risottos. Pour the cool stock into ice-cube trays and freeze. Once frozen put the cubes into a plastic bag and keep in your freezer for times when you might be tempted to reach for a boullion cube.
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