Seasoned Advice is a question and answer site for professional and amateur chefs. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I just bought a nice 11 liter stock pot. From your experience, what is the maximum weight of veal bones I can add to one veal stock batch in order to have enough volume left for my veggies and water? I'm starting with 2 kilograms, which should hopefully be ok, but wondering if perhaps I could use even more? I want to maximize my yield.

share|improve this question
Variations in bone density depending on the individual animal, its exact age, which bone it is, etc., are probably going to make this very difficult to pin down to a specific weight. I just fill the pot about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up and freeze whatever won't fit... – Aaronut Dec 2 '12 at 22:56
up vote 3 down vote accepted

2kg of veal bones cut up for stock use from your butcher should need around 5 litre of water to cover. If you use more then you're just thinning the stock and that'll mean you need to reduce it more later to get the same flavour you would have had if you started with the correct amount of water.

Why does this matter you may ask...well, along with the longer reduction time you'll taste changes to the flavour more as time goes by. You're cooking it longer and the heat changes things, sometimes for the bad, sometimes for the good. Mainly it's just wasted time reducing something that didn't need to happen.

When all is said and done after simmering for around 6 hours, you'll end up with about 3-4 litres of quality stock if you went with a 2kg:5L ratio.

If you use more water to start then you'll end up with more stock but of low quality. Then you'll spend your time reducing the stock down until it starts to taste like the stock that you could have made with 5L of water.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.