Pull out all of your ingredients.
Wash and chop veggies into big chunks.
*You do not need to peel the carrots.
Add chopped veggies to crockpot in order of carrots, celery and potatoes.
Save the celery ends and add to the crockpot, this adds flavor to the broth.
Add 4 cups of filtered water and minced garlic to veggies.
Brown stew meat on stove top (in cast iron if you have one) with extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Add meat and juices from cooking to the slow cooker.
Add 1tbs salt, balsamic vinegar and bay leaves.
Set to low and cook for 6 hours.
Serve in large bowl or pull out separately.
Top with coarse sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.