Beef Stew Tips
Can you make beef stew ahead of time?
Yes, you can make beef stew ahead of time. Beef stew stores in the refrigerator for up to three days and you can freeze it for up to three months. These freezer-friendly stew recipes
are great to make in advance, too.
What's the best kind of beef for beef stew?
We recommend using chuck, also known as front shoulder meat, for this beef stew. The round, or rear muscle, also works well, too. While these tough cuts take time to become tender, they release collagen as they cook for a smooth, gelatin-rich broth. Note:
If you see pre-cut packages labeled "beef stew meat" at the store, be sure to ask your butcher what type of meat is included. Get more tips to choose the right beef for your stew
Do you need tomato paste for beef stew?
We recommend using tomato paste for this recipe. Tomato paste adds crucial flavor and body to the stew meat when cooked with herbs, garlic and wine. If you don't have any on hand, try one of these tomato paste substitutes
. Just keep in mind, it may change the stew's flavor.