what goes into a beef stew

How To Thicken Beef Stew

Beef stew will thicken a bit naturally thanks to the starches in the potatoes and the dredging of the beef, but I always like to thicken it a little bit more.

Stew can be thickened by giving the vegetables a quick mash or you can use either flour or cornstarch. My preferred method for thickening beef stew (and the method used in this beef stew recipe) is to use a cornstarch slurry.

Can You Freeze Beef Stew?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze beef stew! I like to freeze it in freezer bags in single servings portions so I can take one portion out for lunches (or four out for dinner)! Defrost overnight in the refrigerator or you can defrost in the microwave (time will vary based on portion size) stirring occasionally.

How to Make a Slurry

A slurry is super easy to make! Combine equal parts cornstarch and water and stir. I told you it was easy!!

Pour this mixture a little bit at a time into bubbling soup or stew to thicken until you reach desired consistency. Once your stew is thickened, allow it to boil at least 1-2 minutes to ensure you cook out any starchy flavor.

If left to sit before adding to the soup or stew, a slurry will settle within a couple of minutes so be sure to give it a stir before adding it. I sometimes mix the cornstarch with low sodium (or no sodium) broth instead of water.

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FAQ

What does beef stew contain?

This classic stick-to-your-ribs stew is the ideal project for a chilly weekend. Beef, onion, carrots, potatoes and red wine come together in cozy harmony. If you are feeding a crowd, good news: It doubles (or triples) beautifully.

What can be added to beef stew?

Onions, carrots and celery (mirepoix vegetables) are classic for a reason, but don’t be afraid to stray and get creative. Try using roasted garlic instead of regular garlic, or caramelize your onions before moving on to the next step. You can also add an incredible depth of flavor by adding dried mushrooms to the mix.

What is the main ingredient in stew?

Lamb and lentil stew
Type
Stew
Main ingredients
Vegetables (carrots, celery, parsnips, potatoes, onions, beans, mushrooms, etc.), meat, (such as beef) and a liquid such as water, wine, beer or stock
Cookbook: Stew Media: Stew

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