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Easy Beef Stew

by Linda

This is my method for beef stew. It's not fancy and doesn't require special ingredients, and it's definitely easy. Feel free to add green beans, peas, corn, or your family's favourite veggies to this very basic recipe.

  1. Fill a large dutch oven or other very large pot about three quarters of the way with cold water.
  2. Add the chopped onion, meat, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring occassionally. Add a few squirts of ketchup (yes, you read that right), and stir in it. Reduce heat to medium low so mixture is simmering.
  4. Cover pot, leaving the lid slightly tilted so it doesn't boil over, and simmer for at least 2 to 3 hours, stirring every 30 to 60 minutes (if you think of it).
  5. During that time, peel all those potatoes and carrots! Extra amounts can be added to make the stew feed more people.
  6. At the end of the simmering period, you should find that the amount of liquid has been reduced. At this point, add the veggies and bring back to a boil.
  7. Again, reduce to a simmer, cover the pot and cook for about an hour.
  8. Yummy!


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