White Stock Recipe

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  • 6 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 5 quarts
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The procedure for making white stock differs from that of brown stock mainly in that rather than roasting the bones beforehand, they are blanched instead. Blanching helps get rid of the impurities in the bones that can cloud the stock.

Note that a white stock can be made using chicken bones, veal bones or beef bones.

The equipment and utensils you will need are a heavy-bottomed stockpot, a mesh strainer, twine, and cheesecloth.

What You'll Need

  • 5 to 6 pounds of beef, veal or chicken bones
  • 4 ounces carrots
  • 4 ounces celery
  • 8 ounces onion
  • For the Sachet:
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 to 4 parsley stems
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1/8 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 whole clove

How to Make It

  1. Rinse the bones in cold water.
  2. Transfer the bones to a heavy-bottomed stockpot.
  3. Add enough cold water to the pot to completely cover the bones. Figure about a quart of water for each pound of bones.
  4. Bring  the pot to a boil.
  5. Drain and rinse bones.
  6. Return the blanched bones to the pot and again cover with fresh, cold water.
  7. Bring pot to a boil, then immediately lower the heat to a simmer.
  8. Skim off the scum that rises to the surface.
  1. Prepare the sachet, tying the ingredients (thyme, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, clove) inside a piece of cheesecloth with twine, leaving a long tail of twine.
  2. Chop the carrots, celery, and onion.
  3. Add the chopped carrots, celery and onion, (also called mirepoix) to the pot along with a sachet d'epices; tie the sachet string to the stockpot handle for easy retrieval later.
  4. Continue to simmer the stock and skim the impurities that rise to the surface. Liquid will evaporate, so make sure there's always enough water to cover the bones.
  5. After 4 to 6 hours, remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Strain the stock through a sieve lined with a few layers of cheesecloth. Cool the stock quickly, using an ice bath if necessary.

Tips for Making White Stock

  • The best bones to use for making stock are ones with a lot of cartilage, such as the so-called "knuckle" bones in the various leg joints. The bones of younger animals also have more cartilage, which is why veal bones are so desirable.
  • Always start with cold water when making stock. It will help extract more collagen from the bones, which will produce a stock with more body.
  • Don't let the stock boil, but rather, keep it at a gentle simmer. Also, don't stir the stock while it simmers. Just let it do its thing. All you need to worry about is skimming the scum off the top, and possibly adding more water if the liquid level drops too low.