The venison event didn't quite end there though. Eyeing the meaty bones in the discard pan, I envisioned canning jars filled with rich and flavorful venison broth. Before leaving, I filled a few plastic bags full of bones and promised Laurie half the broth. Recipe follows the picture.
My efforts were rewarded--the broth was superb!
Venison Broth makes 12+ pints
Four jointed, meaty leg bones from large deer, sawed to fit in large pot
16 quarts water
6 large cloves garlic, cut in half
1 medium onion, thick sliced
1 cup carrot slices
2 cups sliced mushrooms (1#)
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup celery leaves
1 rounded teaspoon peppercorns
1 rounded Tablespoon juniper berries (Penzys Spices online)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 beef boullion cubes (or one Knorr beef cube)
-Wash bones and remove all fat . Put all but venison bones and water in large cooking pot. Add venison bones and then water. Bring to boil, turn down to slow bubble and cook for 4-8 hours, until about a third of the liquid has evaporated. As broth cooks, skim foam that collects on top with small, fine-mesh strainer. Turn off heat, let cool a bit and strain into smaller containers. Let cool some more, then put in refrigerator overnight. Next day, or when broth is chilled, remove any fat from the top and return strained broth to a pot. Cook slowly (as above) until reduced to half. Pour hot broth into hot canning jars and pressure can at 10 pounds of pressure: 20 minutes for pints, 25 minutes for quarts.