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Easy Braised Beef Shank

Follow an easy 4-step process to slow cook Braised Beef Shank carnivore style. It is a nourishing and affordable low-carb meal for any time of the year.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 4

Equipment (choose one)

  • Cast iron skillet with a lid
  • Dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tallow butter, ghee, or other cooking fat
  • 4 pieces beef shank 1-inch thick, 8 ounces each
  • 2-3 cups bone broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus extra as needed

Instructions

  1. Heat cooking fat in a cast iron or heavy bottom skillet with a lid or Dutch oven. Brown both sides of the beef shanks, about 2-3 minutes per side, until a golden-brown crust forms.
  2. Pour broth over shanks. Use at least 2 cups of broth. There should be enough broth to cover the meat ½ to ¾ of the way up the side. Season with salt. Bring it to a simmer.
  3. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid, but leave a small opening for the steam to escape.
  4. Cook over low heat for 3 hours, until the meat falls off the bone. Serve warm in liquid.

Notes

Keto Osso Buco In the last 30 minutes of the cooking time, add any of the vegetable and herb combinations listed in the recipe post and simmer with the meat.

Oven option Follow steps 1-2 then after the broth is at a simmer, put the lid on and transfer to the oven to bake for 2 hours.

Crockpot option Place meat in the bottom of a slow-cooker, pour broth over and season with salt. Cover with the lid and turn on low. Cook for 4-6 hours until easily falls off the bone.

Instant pot option Season the meat. Turn on the Instant pot and select sauté. Once hot add cooking fat to the pot and sear the meat, about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Add in broth. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook for 35 minutes. Natural release pressure for 15 minutes then manually release the remaining pressure.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Easy Braised Beef Shank Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Instant Pot Chicken Bone Broth

Simple & fast, yet rich & flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Bone Broth contains nutrient dense collagen and essential nutrients that may heal the gut lining, skin, joints, and promote all around health.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 5 hrs

Total Time: 5 hrs 20 mins

Servings: 26

 Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken deboned, save chicken for another meal
  • 2 pkg Chicken feet, 2 lbs
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 celery stems with leaves
  • 1/2 lb small carrots, about 18
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 3 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place carcass from rotisserie chicken and chicken feet in bottom of instant pot.
  2. Add rest of ingredients except apple cider vinegar on top of bones.
  3. Cover with water until about 1 inch from fill line.
  4. Add apple cider vinegar to water. This helps to leach the good stuff from the bones!
  5. Secure lid on instant pot. Make sure pressure valve is sealed.
  6. Set on manual high pressure for 300 minutes.
  7. Once done, allow pressure to release naturally. Remove lid and allow to cool.
  8. Using a spoon strainer, remove the large ingredients and discard.
  9. Line sieve (mesh strainer) with cheese cloth and strain broth into another large pot or bowl.
  10. Pour into single serving containers and place in fridge for a week or freezer for several months.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Instant Pot Chicken Bone Broth recipe at Lone Star Keto.

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Organ Meat Pie

Organ meats are some of the most affordable meats and happen to also be some of the most nutritious parts too. This nourishing combination of ground beef, liver and heart baked into a meat pie is simple and satiating.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground beef heart
  • ½ pound ground beef liver
  • Tallow or butter, ghee, other cooking fat
  • 3 eggs
  • salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Lightly brown the meat in fat in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Salt to taste.
  • Pour evenly into a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until egg is set.
  • Remove from heat, cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy leftovers cold.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Organ Meat Pie Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Carnivore Meatballs with Beef Heart

Ultra-simple carnivore style meatballs are made with 3 ingredients in 4 easy steps and packed with zinc, selenium, B vitamins, and CoQ10.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Equipment

  • 8×8-inch square glass baking dish

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground beef heart
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Mix the two ground meats in a bowl until well combined. Season with salt.
  • Scoop approximately 2 ounces and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball shape.
  • Place in a small glass baking dish.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350*F (175*C) for 20 minutes.
  • Juices will run onto the baking dish once meat is cooked through. Serve meatballs warm with this “sauce” spooned over.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Carnivore Meatball Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Beef Bone Broth in 5 Easy Steps

Nourish your body with a slow-cooked Beef Bone Broth rich with immune-supporting, gut-healing properties. Make one pot of Beef Bone Broth and it will last all week! There’s so much you can do with it from soup to braising to simply sipping hot.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 24 hours

Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes

Makes: 4 liters

Equipment

  • Stock pot or slow-cooker
  • Strainer
  • Glass jars for storage

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds bones beef, lamb, goat, etc*
  • 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar lemon or lime juice
  • veggie and herb scraps optional, see note

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Placing the bones in a roasting pan or glass pyrex, (no butter or oil). Roast for about 20 minutes,** until golden brown (about 20 minutes).
  • In a large pot, add the bones and cover completely with water. Pour in vinegar or lemon/lime juice.
  • Bring to a simmer over low heat and maintain for 24 hours. Do not boil. Keep an eye on the waterline, make sure the bones stay covered with water. Top off as needed.
  • Add optional herbs and veggie scraps like onion, carrot, celery, rosemary, thyme, and/or oregano in the last two hours of the cooking time.
  • Remove from heat and let cool a little. If there is any film on top, skim it off. Strain contents through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, freeze for longer.

Notes

Classic bone broths are made with onion, carrot, celery, rosemary, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper. Add what you like.

*Use a mixture of meaty bones, marrow bones, and knucklebones. Tails and feet are nice too – they will add lots of collagen and gelatin to the broth!

**Roasting is optional. The purpose is mostly to affect flavor although some argue that it allows more minerals to go into the broth. To make the recipe ultra fool-proof, just put fresh bones in a pot and move on to step 2.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Bone Broth in 5 Steps Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Sous Vide in Glass Canning Jars

Sous Vide is a method of cooking food in a water bath at a low set temperature for an extended amount of time.  The long cooking time above 130°F will kill any bacteria in the food.  Time + temperature is the key.  
 
Many people are wary of cooking in plastic bags or silicone bags so I experimented with cooking my meat in glass canning jars.
 
I used a 2.74 lb slab of grassfed cross rib roast. 
I used 2 wide mouth glass Ball canning jars with lids ( or you could use the wide mouth jars with gaskets and wire clip lids)
 
I defrosted the meat to the point where I could cut through it and divide it between the two jars.  
I poured the defrosted meat juice into the jars along with the meat.  (Alternatively, I could have diced the meat and probably fitted most of it into one of the glass jars. )
 
I did not fill up the jar with any liquid although I imagine you could fill the jar with a broth if you wanted to.  I reasoned that the air in the jar would reach the temperature of the surrounding water bath and would cook the meat over time. 
 
For one jar I placed the lid on the top and gently finger tightened the ring collar.  I reasoned that as the air in the jar heated, it would expand and would need to be expelled up and around the lid, so finger tightening would be best.  
I place the jar in a plastic bag before submerging it in the water to prevent any cooking water from leaking into the jar.
For the second jar, I used a food preserver vacuum accessory to vacuum air out of the jar and seal the top. Then I gently finger tightened the ring collar around the top. 
 
I placed the jars in enough water to cover the  tops and weighted them down with a bowl and some glass weights.  I placed some plastic film over the surface to cut down on evaporation loss.
Temperature was set to 130°F or 54°C
 
Sous vide for 12 hours.
 
Remove the meat from the jars and slice into slabs for pan searing or dice and eat as is.
 
The meat was tender and juicy and evenly cooked to medium rare throughout. The fat was translucent and soft and there were some “veins” of collagen throughout the meat that were ‘melt in the mouth’ delicious.  
 
After cooking, I usually pour off the nutrient rich meat juice and drink it right down (cooks privilege) but if not to your taste, at least save it and make a sauce out of it or freeze it and use it when making broth.
 
Both methods worked out well.  I concluded that it’s not necessary to vacuum seal the jars before cooking.

Recipes by: Cathy Loughman 

Final product after cooking for 12 hours. Most people would probably cut the meat into 1″ thick slabs and sear it in a hot pan before eatingI didn’t bother because I’m lazy and I like the taste of meat as is. 

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Dehydrator Bacon

Dehydrated Bacon
 
Instructions for dehydrating raw bacon.  
 
This is not for long shelf storage. Dried bacon strips are delicious and great for snacks for work or for traveling.  When dehydrating most meats, the advice is to use low fat meat and to cut away any obvious fat because fat can turn rancid and spoil the jerky.  But low fat jerky can be super dry and chewy and not always satisfying.  If you dehydrate high fat meat you should store it in the freezer or fridge until ready to use.
 
Most bacon jerky methods advise frying the bacon first but this causes the fat to render out and the  bacon to become crisp.  My method uses strips of raw bacon so that the result is more like dehydrated pork belly with translucent fat intact. ( bacon is after all just pork belly slices with added flavoring).  I don’t marinate the bacon before dehydrating.  If you like lots of fat with your meat then this is the method for you. 
 
Ingredients: 
1 packet of bacon slices of your choice.  I used thick cut bacon in my example.
1 dehydrator capable of reaching 160°F or 71°C
 
Method:
Place the bacon strips in single slices in the dehydrator and dehydrate for at least 6-8 hours at 160° F (71° C)
 
A small amount of fat will render out and settle on the bottom of the dehydrator so make sure you have a collection tray in place.
 
When done, cut into smaller bite sized pieces and store in a container in the fridge or freezer.  Put a date label on the container.
Storage time  fridge:  I would guess a couple of weeks.  If its stored for an unknown length of time I would say use the sniff test or if it looks bad then throw it out. 
Storage time freezer: Indefinitely
 
Recipes by: Cathy Loughman
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3-Ingredient Carnivore Scotch Eggs (No Pork)

Crispy, greasy Carnivore Scotch Eggs are loaded with protein and make a great appetizer or main portion of the meal. The best part is that this pork-free version has only 3-ingredients!

Serve hot, pack into a picnic, or store in the fridge to use throughout the week.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 12 Scotch eggs

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef or chicken sausage
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 large boiled eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Line two small rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine beef (or chicken) and salt in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together and form into 12 meatballs. Place 6 meatballs on each of the lined baking sheets and press flat.
  • Place one boiled egg in the middle of each circle of meat and wrap the meat around the egg, leaving no gaps or holes.
  • Bake about 15 minutes, turn them over, and continue for another 10 minutes, until outside is golden brown. Place under the broiler to finish for 5 minutes for a crispy shell. Serve hot.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Carnivore Scotch Eggs Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Grass-Fed Beef Liver Chips

Thin crunchy carnivore chips made from grass-fed beef liver are perfectly dippable for all your favorite dips but come with a super nutritional boost!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Drying Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 8

Equipment (pick one)

  • Food dehydrator
  • Oven, optional

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef liver ground or thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Use a spatula to spread it on a food dehydrator sheet or ovenproof baking sheet in one single layer. Stretch it out to make as thin as possible.
  • Dry on the meat setting in the dehydrator. If you use an oven, set the heat at the lowest temperature possible.
  • Flip once the center is completely dry. This can take 8-12 hours in a food dehydrator, however, the oven will dry much more quickly, check after an hour. Keep an eye on it until edges separate and the center is dry.
  • Dry the second side thoroughly until no moisture remains.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Grass-Fed Beef Liver Chips Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Crustless Mini Meat Pies (with Hidden Liver)

These Crustless Mini Meat Pies with hidden liver are the perfect nutrient-dense addition to breakfast or lunch. Pack them in a lunchbox or keep in the fridge, they pair well with everything. It’s a great way to get your liver in without any unusual taste, texture, or appearance.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 12 mini pies

Equipment

  • 12-cup muffin pan

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ pound beef liver ground
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon tallow or other cooking fat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon herbs de Provence optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.
  • Combine meat and liver in a mixing bowl. Add in eggs, stir well to combine.
  • Melt the tallow or cooking fat and add to meat. Season with salt and optional herbs.
  • Grease a 12-cup muffin pan well or use cupcake liners. Spoon mixture into each well evenly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until done. Remove from oven and cool before removing. Serve warm or leftovers cold.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Crustless Meat Pies with Hidden Liver recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!