When a recipe calls for condensed beef stock, and consomme is preferred, simply substitute the same amount of consomme for the regular stock. Home cooks can purchase canned beef consomme at the local supermarket. If preferred, consomme can be prepared from scratch following a recipe.
Beef consomme consists of beef stock juices that are boiled long enough until they are reduced down to a clear liquid. Consomme is used in soups and stews and as a flavoring for various dishes. A consomme is more delicate in flavor and texture than regular broth. There is a slight difference in flavor, but the two are very similar otherwise.