Total Time
14hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 14 hrs

A basic brown stock for soups or where ever brown stock is called for. Can't be beat for flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 lbs soup bones, Bare rendering, sawed in 2 inch pieces
  • 1 bunch carrot, unpeeled and chopped
  • 3 yellow onions, unpeeled and chopped
  • 1 head celery, chopped


  1. Roast the bones in a 400 degree F oven for about 2 hours, watch so they don't burn, just want them toasty brown not blackened.
  2. Put bones in soup pot.
  3. Add 1 quart of water for each pound of bones.
  4. For 5 pounds add 1 bunch of carrots, 1 head celery, and 3 yellow onions.
  5. Bring the stock to a heavy simmer, uncovered, and cook for 12 hours.
  6. Add water if needed.
  8. Strain the stock and store in fridge.
  9. A layer of fat will form on top.
  10. Leave this in place to help seal the stock from air until ready to use.
  11. This stock will be gelatinous.
  12. If not using all in several days, I place some in vaccum bags and seal for freezing.


Most Helpful

This is the way to make stock. So many "stock" recipes I see are really elaborately seasoned soups. People forget that stock is an ingredient, not a dish in itself. This is so much better than the highly salted commercial stocks! Since it is not seasoned, it will add to your recipes without any flavor conflict. However, I recommend that you not use the overnight oven method for two reasons: one, it's not safe; two, the stock won't reduce properly and you won't get the concentrated flavor you want. Be sure not to stir or skim, or the stock will be cloudy. Great recipe, thanks for posting!

Chocolatl February 01, 2011

This is the same recipe as in my 1984 edition of Jeff Smith's first book, The Frugal Gourmet. Jeff recommends not adding green onions and cabbage to the soup pot as they will sour the stock. He also suggests that alternatively to watching the pot all day you can bring the soup to a heavy simmer, cover the pot, and place it in a 225°F oven overnight and still get great results. Thanks, Chef Shadows, for adding one of my go-to recipes!

mersaydees December 29, 2010

Outstanding!!! No spices to conflict with whatever recipe you decide to use this in. The perfect base stock.

Gardenforhealth February 19, 2008

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