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Old Fashioned Beef Stew



  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat (1-inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 quarts hot water
  • 3 pared medium potatoes (1-inch cubes)
  • 4 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup sliced celery (1-inch size)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)


  1. Mix flour, salt and pepper. Coat meat with flour mixture.
  2. Melt shortening in large skillet or 6-quart saucepan; brown meat thoroughly. Add water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 2 hours.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. If desired, thicken stew. In covered small jar, shake 1 cup cold water and 4 tablespoons flour until blended. Stir into stew; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.

Makes 6 servings.

To serve more people, just add more vegetables to the stew.


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