Like tea, coffee, and chocolate, there is a principle in meat which is stimulating. These are soluble in water, and when extracted, make a beverage which stimulates the appetite. Being easily digested, beef tea is good for convalescents and beneficial when one is tired.
1/2 pound of round of beef. 2 cups of cold water.
1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Put meat through the food chopper. Cover with water, add salt, and let stand an hour. Put in the upper part of a double boiler, fill the under part with cold water, set the meat over it, and cook over the water about 2 hours, keeping the water underneath below the boiling point. Strain and serve.
1 pound of round steak.
2 cups cold water.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
Wipe steak with a damp cloth. Remove all fat and cut into half-inch cubes. Put meat into a quart glass fruit-jar, add cold water and let stand half an hour to extract the juice. Adjust rubber band and cover tightly on jar and set on a rack or plate placed in the bottom of a large kettle. Surround with cold water and gradually heat until water is hot but not boiling. Keep hot for about 2 hours. Strain and cool. Remove all fat, reheat, season and serve in hot cups.
1 pound of top round steak.
Wipe meat and remove all fat. Broil about 1 minute on each side to start the juices, then slash meat both lengthwise and crosswise that more juice may be extracted. Squeeze out the juice in a press, lemon squeezer or potato ricer. Pour into a hot cup, season slightly with salt and serve. Very little of this juice can be relished at one time, one-half a cupful or less.