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How to make the BEST instant pot beef stock from leftovers, that you can freeze and then use in any of your favourite instant pot or slow cooker beef recipes.
This beef stock in the instant pot recipe is my go to whenever I am cooking a beef stew, a beef soup, beef casserole, making beef gravy and so many others. Plus, you can cook with this stock from frozen in the instant pot pressure cooker.
Homemade Beef Stock
Anyone that knows me well and the way I like to cook knows that I am absolutely obsessed with making homemade stock and that you wont find a single container of gravy granules or shop bought stock cubes in my kitchen or pantry.
What you will find instead is a freezer full of stock cubes.
They are a mix of ones made with my favourite silicone ice cube tray (this is genius by the way) and each one will hold enough stock to make one big meal in the instant pot and I can just load it into the instant pot, or defrost in the microwave first if I need to.
I have in the freezer right now instant pot turkey stock, instant pot veggie stock, instant pot chicken stock, instant pot lamb bone broth and of course, plenty of instant pot beef stock which I am showing you how to make today.
This homemade beef stock is a great addition to your freezer, freezes well and you can use all sorts of beef leftovers to make it with. Though I’m actually going to be showing you how to make it today with uncooked brisket that needed using up.
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Can You Make Beef Stock In The Instant Pot?
Yes, you can make homemade beef stock, or homemade bone broth using the instant pot pressure cooker.
In fact, making stock is one of those great healthy food hacks you can use the instant pot for.
Instant Pot Beef Stock Vs Instant Pot Beef Broth
There are two main types of meaty stock that you can make in the instant pot. One of them is with the bones and one is just using leftover meat off the bone.
Instant Pot beef broth or beef broth would be referred to as stock that has been made from bones.
We have done this many times especially when we cook instant pot prime rib. We will buy the instant pot prime rib on the bone, remove the bones and then the bones will be beef broth and the meat will be the most delicious beef roast ever.
I highly recommend beef broth from prime rib bones.
But sometimes you don’t have bones in. Quite often I will buy meat off the bone because boneless meat will be cheaper, and you get more meat for your money. In this case I make an instant pot beef stock using a spare bit of meat.
In today’s recipe for beef stock, I am using some spare brisket. I bought a rolled brisket from the butchers for making a video to go with our air fryer brisket. It was slightly too big to fit in the air fryer, so the butcher trimmed the end off for me and I used this for a big portion of instant pot beef stock.
The brisket would then make a LOT and I could have a good supply of beef stock in the freezer.
What Is Beef Stock Made Of?
Beef stock is traditionally made from leftover beef, which can be bones or beef leftovers, as well as veggies and liquid.
You can make your beef stock taste better by adding in red wine and other seasonings.
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Beef Stock Recipe Ingredients
Beef – We are using some leftover beef from some beef brisket. You can swap this for leftover roast beef such as from our instant pot frozen pot roast or load up the instant pot with beef bones.
Veggies – I highly recommend adding veggies to make the best beef stock. We used onion, celery and potato peelings. Potato peelings gives an amazing flavour to your instant pot stock and you can just peel some as you are making another instant pot recipe.
Wine – I also recommend adding in some red wine to deglaze the instant pot after you have done the sauté.
Seasoning. Then for seasonings, I recommend keeping your beef stock recipe simple with salt, pepper, and mixed herbs.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this beef stock instant pot recipe it has just been our Instant Pot. We have this one and it’s my favourite and great for a lot of different instant pot quick recipes.
Plus, we recommend you head over to our instant pot recipes category as we have many electric pressure cooker recipes and have been using instant pots for 5 years.
How To Make Beef Stock?
- Sauté. First prep your celery and onion and sauté in the instant pot with some extra virgin olive oil.
- Beef. Add in your beef bones or beef bits and brown on all sides so that you are adding beef flavours to your celery and onion.
- Load. Add your seasonings, mix well and then deglaze with red wine. Scrape any bits of onion off the bottom of the instant pot. Then add in potato peelings and warm water.
- Cook. Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 35 minutes followed by a natural pressure release.
And I am sure you can see now how simple and easy it is to cook pressure cooker beef stock and why you should be doing the same.
Finishing Your Beef Stock
So, you have prepped the instapot stock, you have cooked it in the instant pot, and it has done a natural pressure release.
Now you need to be finishing off and getting your beef stock ready for the freezer.
Start by putting your beef stock through a sieve and then getting rid of all the big bits.
Then secondly, put the liquid through a mesh strainer as this will remove any of the excess bits that has been generated and if using beef bones this will safeguard you from tiny bits of bone.
Finally, wait for it to cool and then load into freezer containers. The best beef stock recipe storage is into ice cube trays, then when they have frozen you can transfer into a large Ziploc bag for quick easy access.
You can of course, use any storage container and another option is some foil containers as you can peel the foil off when still frozen and its great for loading into the instant pot in a meal.
What To Do With Beef Stock?
You’re probably looking for recipes that use beef stock, well like I said I use these frozen beef stock cubes all the time in recipes and you can see them in action below:
- Instant Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
- Instant Pot Frozen Pot Roast
- Slow Cooker Topside Roast Beef
- Slow Cooker Minced Beef Cobbler
- Slow Cooker Corned Beef Stew
- Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
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Instant Pot Beef Stock
- Peel and dice an onion, dice, and clean your celery. Load into the instant pot with your extra virgin olive oil. Sauté until your onion has started to soften.
- Add to the instant pot diced beef or beef bones and brown on all sides.
- Add in seasonings and red wine and deglaze the instant pot.
- Add 1.5 litres/6 cups of warm tap water into the instant pot along with the potato peelings and stir well.
- Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 35 minutes followed by a natural pressure release.
- After releasing pressure, pour everything into a sieve, to discard the big bits.
- Then put the liquid through a mesh strainer with bowl below to collect the juices.
- Then allow the beef stock to cool and then load into freezer containers. Place in the freezer once cool and save for later.