How to Make Broth for Beef Stew Thicker

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Use flour or vegetables to thicken beef stew.
Use flour or vegetables to thicken beef stew. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Stew is a warm and hearty meal, typically providing a thick, gravy-like broth with an array of ingredients such as potatoes, onion, carrots and beef. You can use a thickening agent such as flour or pureed vegetables to alter the consistency of a watery broth so that the texture thickens before serving.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Flour
  • Cold water

Drain the broth of the stew to separate it from the other ingredients. Pour the broth into a different saucepan. Turn your stove top burner on high and bring the broth to a boil.

Combine 1 tbsp. of flour and 3 tbsp. of cold water in a bowl. Whisk the flour and water until the flour is completely dissolved. Another option is to puree stew ingredients such as potatoes or carrots to use as a thickening agent.

Pour 1 tbsp. of the mixture into the boiling broth at a time. Whisk the broth often to avoid clumps from forming. The more flour mix you add to the broth, the thicker it will become.

Lower the heat and simmer the broth. Add the stew ingredients back into the broth. Continue stirring your stew to maintain a smooth and thick texture.

Remove the stew from the heat and allow it to cool for five minutes, once finished. Cooling your stew allows the broth to thicken more.

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