Beef Stew is one of my favorite homemade cold weather comfort foods! Every culture has some variation of a meat stew, but beef is the one I grew up with. When the sun sets earlier and the wind begins to howl, I love cooking up a batch of beef stew. It a pretty cheap way to warm your bones, fill your belly, and make your mouth happy.
When making this recipe, it’s best to use a dry red wine rather than a sweet one. In a pinch, you can technically omit the wine altogether, but your stew will always have a “missing” flavor. If you choose to do this, just use some of the broth instead of wine to deglaze the pan.
In our tiny kitchen, we just serve the stew family style. We put the pot in the middle of the table, dish what we want into our bowls, and chow down. I like to serve this recipe alongside crusty bread and a glass of the same wine I used while cooking.
This recipe will keep in a refrigerator for up to 3 days. Beef Stew can also be frozen for up to 3 months. When freezing, I let it cool completely before I spoon it into plastic freezer bags. I recommend making room to lay the freezer bag down flat in the freezer. By the next day, it will turn into a thin frozen slab of stew. These slabs will thaw much faster and can later be stacked to save space. When you have a tiny freezer and love to cook, space is critical! I use this method of all of my frozen meals.
Preparing Beef Stew In A Tiny Kitchen
The easiest way that I’ve found to prepare beef stew in a tiny kitchen is to resolve that you are going to do this in 3 stages—vegetable prep, meat prep, and cooking—in that order. Handling vegetables before meat will prevent you from having to wash your knife and cutting board when you switch ingredients.
Clean up is easier if you are cooking this completely on a stovetop or in an Instant Pot rather than in a standard crockpot. The browning process of the beef should not be skipped and this step just can’t be accomplished with a normal crockpot alone. If you’re going the crockpot route, expect that you will also be washing a large frying pan. The other clean up dishes will include a cutting board, knife, your stew pot, a medium bowl, a large bowl, and a large spoon.