How to Make Broth for Beef Stew Thicker

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Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan

  • Flour

  • Cold water

Use flour or vegetables to thicken beef stew.

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.


Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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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