Sour Beef Stew made from inexpensive (relatively) cuts of beef is still a great value, about $6/lb, tastes great and is easy to make. Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and your local grocery store all have stew meat, bottom round, chuck beef roasts from October into the late winter.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 4 to 4.5 hours
Total time: about 5 hours
Yield: 10 - 16servings
Just wash out the ceramic bowl
Put the beef cubes in a large bowl with the flour and mix thoroughly to cat all the cubes evenly.
Then put a sieve or colander in the kitchen sink and dump the beef cubes into it.
Then jostle the the colander until the loose flour is removed.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot (the tall sides work better than a fry pan to over splattering hot oil) . Put enough beef cubes in to cover the bottom 1 layer deep. Brown, stir and flip them until they are evenly browned, about 10 minutes over medium to medium-high heat.
When the beef is browning, chop the onions. anything under 1/2 inch will do.
Remove the browned beef cubes, but retain the oil and liquid. Then lightly brown the onions in the pot.
I put the liquids in first. Next onions in the bottom, then the beef. After that the ginger snaps and spices.
At first on high. After the first hour or 2, turn to medium or low. Every crockpot is different, You want to see it simmering but not boiling so hard that you risk burning the bottom.
Add the carrots and cook for another hours, for a total of 4 to 4.5 hours in total.
The egg noodles are simply boiling in a pot of water for about 10 - 12 minutes. Drain them and serve the sour beef stew on them.