- Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
- Into a large roasting tray drizzle the olive oil, add the beef stock bones, beef marrow bones and the chopped vegetables. Season with the coarse pink Himalayan salt and black peppercorns and roast for 20 minutes, until the marrow bones turn a golden brown colour and the marrow starts to melt.
- Then transfer to a large lidded casserole dish, cover everything with the water, add the bay leaves and sprig of thyme and put into a very low oven overnight. To make sure the water doesn't evaporate, seal the lid of the pot with foil.
- When the cooking time is up, skim and strain the broth, discard the veg and bones and you'll be left with a deeply flavoured broth for use as a base in soups, casseroles or risottos.
FREQUENTLY ASKED BEEF BROTH QUESTIONS:
All bones contain bone marrow, which is a jelly like substance made of stem cells which can be found in the centre of the bone. However the bones that we refer to as Marrow Bones at Coombe Farm Organic are from the femur and knuckle.
Humans have been eating bone marrow of animals for centuries, and for good reason. Bone marrow is an extremely nutrient rich food, full of protein and fat and the spongy, jelly like substance has a distinct buttery taste. At Coombe Farm Organic we believe that every part of an animals carcass has a use and therefore use our beef marrow bones to make delicious bone broth, and because our beef cattle are reared from birth in a high-welfare, organic system, you can be assured that the marrow in their bones is untainted by chemical residues.
Marrow bones make the most nutrient rich and delicious bone broth. Bone broth’s popularity has really soared in recent years becoming some what of a health buzz word. It is packed full of collagen, protein, is easily digested and low in calories. Bone broth can simply be consumed on its own or form the base for sauces or gravies. Check out our recipe for Organic Beef Broth.
At Coombe Farm Organic our beef marrow bones are taken from a cow’s femur, this large, long bone is packed full of the good stuff. To enjoy the distinctive flavour of bone marrow, simply roast the bones with a sprinkling of seasoning for about 15 minutes, until the marrow starts to ooze and melt. Remove from the oven and scrape out with a spoon onto warm toast. Sprinkle with chives and tuck in.
Bone marrow found within the centre of bones is vital for our survival, this spongy like substance contains blood cells which are released into our bloodstream, carrying essential oxygen and platelets which are responsible for clotting our blood. Without bone marrow we would also not be able to produce white blood cells, these cells are like our very own little warriors, fighting off infection.
We reach peak bone mass in our 20’s, with bone mass density being lost with age and some illnesses. There are some things we can do to increase and maintain bone mass, these include eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C as this stimulates the production of bone forming cells, consume protein, foods high in vitamin D, K, magnesium, zinc and omega 3, participate in weight bearing or high impact exercise to promote new bone formation and consider a collagen supplement.