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On days like today, I needed to be able to quickly toss something into the CrockPot, and let it simmer all day. Walking into the house hours later, we were rewarded with the most heavenly smell, of which my husband remarked, “Mmm… smells like my grandmother’s home.”
Optimally, you should let beef stew simmer low and slow (six to eight hours) and you will end up with the most tender meat. If you are crunched for time, you can cook it a minimum of four hours and though the meat will not be as tender, it is still tender enough and delicious!
As the stew cools, the beef broth will continue to thicken. Scoop up a nice helping and pair with a nice helping of corn bread, if desired!