Weekly Newsletter

December 2021 vol. 3

A Spoonful of Comfort

-Beef & Barley Soup-

John loves to make homemade beef & barley soup with our soup bones. He uses our pressure cooker to speed up the process, but you can achieve the same results with a slow cooker. 

What are Beef Soup Bones?

Soup Bones/Beef Shanks are 1-½" cross section cuts of the lower legs.  They get a lot of exercise so they are tough, but full of flavor.  You can roast them as in “Osso Buco” or use them in soups and stews.

John's Homemade 

Beef & Barley Soup



  • 2lbs of beef shanks (or 1lbs stew meat or similar)
  • Barley (1/2c)
  • Water (4c)
  • 1 onion, chopped (1c)
  • 3 carrots, chopped (1c)
  • 1 peppers, chopped (1/2c)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped (1c)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped (3T)
  • 1 cans of crushed tomatoes (15oz)
  • Seasoning (to taste):
    • Bay Leaf
    • Rosemary
    • Thyme
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Worcestershire Sause (1T)


  1. Dust the meat with salt and pepper and brown the beef shanks on all sides in frying pan.
  2. Cover meat with water (approximately 4 cups) and seasoning and pressure cook for 60 minutes (or crock pot for 3+ hours).
  3. Pour contents of crock through a strainer and save broth.
  4. Let the meat cool. The meat and marrow should fall off the bone.
  5. Separate the meat from the bones.  There will be connective tissue and fat if using beef shanks.  You can discard this as the uninitiated may not appreciate the texture, but I think it adds depth.
  6. Add the remaining water to the broth.  Bring to a boil and add barley.
  7. Cook the barley in the broth per directions (50 minutes).  Adjust seasoning as needed.
  8. Add veggies and meat and simmer till veggies are al dente.

Serve with a good hard-roll or rye bread & butter.

Makes 5 quarts

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The Pflugerville Pfarmers Market has moved into it's Pfestive Market Season and will only be open twice a month for the rest of 2021. We will still be delivering preorders to the market location on days the market is closed and will continue to do so until the market reopens in 2022. 
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Be well, 

stay safe,


John & Molly