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Making Stock from Bones

I like to make things from scratch, so yesterday I made beef stock from scratch.

It was pretty simple to do. Get some beef bones with marrow in them ($1.99/lb), rough cut up some onions, carrots, and celery. Coat the bones with a bit of oil, salt, and pepper.

Put everything on a tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. When half way done, rotate the bones. When the roasting is done, it should look like this:

Making beef stock for French Onion Soup.

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Then take all that pre-stock goodness and put it into a large pot. Cover the bones with water and then simmer the hell out of it. I think I did mine for 6 hours. You're going to have to watch the portion of stock you get. Adjust the amount of water as needed.

I used mine to make French Onion Soup (FOS) later and came up a bit short in quantity but it was still delicious. This was my second attempt at making FOS and I managed to get it almost right. The daughter complained that it wasn't 'salty' enough.

The moral of the story is that you can make delicious food from scratch that's pretty darn cheap. I saved the marrow from the bones and made another batch of stock overnight For about $7.00 I got more than 1.5 quarts (about 1.5 liters) of delicious beef stock. The rest I'll freeze to make something else with it in the future.

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Ultra-processed Foods 'Linked' to Cancer

Ultra-processed Foods 'Linked' to Cancer

The link appears to be slight but this reminds me of what father used to say about the local farmer. If the farmer doesn't recognize his food, he won't eat it. So no chicken nuggets.

I didn't realize the definition of ultra-processed but here's what the authors say:

  • Mass-produced packaged breads and buns
  • Sweet or savoury packaged snacks including crisps
  • Chocolate bars and sweets
  • Sodas and sweetened drinks
  • Meatballs, poultry and fish nuggets
  • Instant noodles and soups
  • Frozen or shelf-life ready meals
  • Foods made mostly or entirely from sugar, oils and fats

The following numbers are based on the French study conducted in Paris. I suspect our 'Merican' diets are way worse.

  • On average, 18% of people's diet was ultra-processed
  • On average, there were 79 cancers per 10,000 people each year
  • Upping the proportion of processed food by 10% would lead to nine extra cancers per 10,000 people per year

However, this should be noted.

Dr Ian Johnson, from the Quadram Institute in Norwich, said the study had "identified some rather weak associations".

But he criticised the vagueness of the term ultra-processed. He said: "The problem is that the definition of ultra-processed foods they have used is so broad and poorly defined that it is impossible to decide exactly what, if any, causal connections have been observed." via BBC

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