How I Always Have a Free Supply of Healthy Beef Stock. Easy & Free!

How many times have you read a recipe and needed a cup of stock? Well I have the FREE and EASY way to have a surplus of Beef Stock in your freezer. This stock is healthy and free from any additives or salt!

Whenever my husband and I have steak, I freeze the bones. Yes you read correctly, I freeze the used beef bones. I freeze the ones that have some meat left on them as well. Any and all beef bones are welcome. I also freeze all of my vegetable scraps (except Broccoli- DO NOT make stock out of Broccoli Stems, your house will smell horrid- believe me I know!) Onion ends, asparagus stems, pepper cores, sweet potato peels- any and all scraps go into a bag that I keep in the freezer. Once my bags are full, I make a crockpot of stock.

Beef Bones

I place the frozen beef bones into a crockpot.


Next, I add my frozen vegetable scraps to the crockpot.


Cover entire contents of crockpot with water and add 3 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar (this helps draw the nutrients out of the beef bones).


Set on low for a total of 24 hours.  Since my crockpot only allows me to go up to 12 hours, I set it twice for 12 hours.


Once the 24 hours are up, scoop out vegetables and bones from stock.

Next is the fine straining of the stock. This take a few times through different sized strainers. We want to get all of the sediments and pieces out of the stock.

img_2390I use a measuring cup to make remeasured bags of stock for my freezer. I always do the bags in 1 or 2 cup increments as that is what is normally called for in recipes. This way I don’t waste a whole container of stock for just 1 cup I need.

Lay the freezer bags flat- this way they don’t take up as much room in the freezer. Make sure all bags are sealed and place in freezer.

Healthy & Free Beef Stock



  • Leftover, frozen beef bones
  • Leftover, frozen vegetable scraps
  • 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 6-8 cups of water (depending on amount of scraps)


  1. Place frozen beef bones in crockpot.
  2. Place frozen vegetable scraps in crockpot.
  3. Add apple cider vinegar to crockpot.
  4. Add water to crockpot.
  5. Set crockpot on low for two 12 hour increments.
  6. After 24 hours, remove all scraps from liquid.
  7. Strain liquid with strainer 2 times and then again with a fine mesh strainer to remove all debris.
  8. Measure out 1 or 2 cup measurements and place in freezer bag.
  9. Lay freezer bags flat and place in freezer.

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