Food, the friends

May Snow & Lentil Stew

It snowed yesterday, MAY 15, off and on all day.  So I skipped the church picnic and made lentil stew for my friends.

My extraordinarily healthy little friends.

Here’s what you do:

Find a local farmer who raises pastured grass fed and finished beef. Buy an eighth of one of his cows. You’ll get a box full of steaks, roasts, ground beef, stew meat and some nice big soup bones.

Lovingly place one of the soup bones in your crock pot, cover it with water, turn it on low and let it stew for 24 hours, or 26 as the case may be.

By now the bone has come apart into three or four large pieces. Fish them out with your tongs and throw them away.  Pull out the big lumps of nothing but fat and throw them away. Pull out the little hunks of meat and put them in a small bowl, there won’t be a lot. Separate any morsels of meat that are still clinging to any unrendered fat, put the meat in the bowl, throw the fat away. You might be tempted to use the fat, I don’t. One of my friends suffered a bout of pancreatitis so fat is not his friend.  Plus he is thirteen – nice and lean is easier on thirteen-year-old joints.

Bone broth brings healing to old joints.

Pour the bone broth through a sieve into a mason jar or two.  Stick the jars in the fridge overnight.

This is where I picked up the process yesterday.

Remove the layer of hard, white rendered fat from the top of the jars and toss it – unless you want to use it for YOUR refried beans, roasted potatoes, etc…..

Dump the glorious beef gelatin into a large pot.

Once the gelatin is melted and hot, add some dried lentils.  While the lentils are simmering dice a few carrots and potatoes and add them to the pot.  Finely chop that little bit of meat and add it, too.

When the lentils are soft and the stew is thick, add some frozen peas. Simmer for about eight minutes more.

Let it cool, feed your friends.

And smile.

Because you are a good, good mom.




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