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An easy recipe for Homemade Bone Broth lets you control ingredients you use to make a flavorful broth to use as a base for soup, pasta sauces, and other recipes. Made with simple ingredients and a slow cooker.
Making homemade bone broth is easier than it sounds. The extra effort will give your recipes enhanced flavor and make the little extra effort so worth it! Simple bone broth in the slow cooker is even better.
Bone broth is also beneficial if you are feeling under the weather. When I am not feeling well I will heat a cup on the stove and sip it. It's easier and quicker than making chicken noodle soup and very comforting.
If you have sore joints from too much exercise, make sure and have a cup or two daily. It may help ease those aches and pains.
Making Homemade Bone Broth
I love making bone broth from leftover chicken and turkey meals.
Use ALL the parts you have leftover, bones, wings, neck, even the skin.
You can also use leftover beef bones from roasts. If you don't have bones available, you can purchase at the local grocery store.
Sometimes bone broth parts will be prepackaged. If you don’t find them, ask the butcher.
The flavor of homemade bone broth is so much better than canned or boxed varieties.
The bone broth I make is flavorful with added celery, carrots, onions, kale stems, and spices.
I save the inside leafy portions of celery and discarded parts of carrots and onions from other meals. Store veggie parts in the freezer until ready to make a batch of bone broth.
Slow Cooker or Stock Pot
I make my bone broth in my slow cooker. It is an easy way to set up the bone broth to cook on low, and then in 12 hours, you have bone broth.
My slow cooker is programmable so I can set the temperature to low and the number of hours I want the simmer the broth. Take a look at this slow cooker to see.
No worries if you don't have a slow cooker. You can use a large stockpot and simmer on the stove. Just keep an eye on the fluid and you may need to add water over the course of time that you simmer the broth.
I also add a tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar is important in pulling the nutrients and minerals out of the bones.
Let the bone broth simmer 12-24 hours in a slow cooker or stockpot overnight. The rich aroma from the simmering broth makes my house smell like chicken soup.
Remove the bones and vegetables with a strainer. I love this long-handled strainer by Joseph Joseph. I keep it with my kitchen utensils and use it almost daily. So much easier than pulling out a large bowl strainer.
Pour the broth into a large container and store in the fridge until cool.
This will cause fat to congeal on the top. No worries. Just scrap and discard the hardened fat.
Depending on how many bones you have on hand, the broth will be thickened almost like soupy jello.
This is PERFECT. Just what you want!
This is the gelatin and collagen from the bones and some of the most important reasons, in my opinion, for making bone broth.
What's In Bone Broth
Our forefathers on the farm knew about eating all the parts of the chicken or cow including feet, wings, shanks, etc.
These parts of the animal include valuable nutrients, such as gelatin and are important for our stomachs, joints, and skin.
Bone broth can be made with chicken, turkey, beef bones and parts, or even fish bones.
Beef connective tissue provides huge amounts of gut-healing gelatin. Bone marrow is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acid, monounsaturated fat, and glycine.
Bones contain important micronutrients like calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and manganese.
Chicken bones and feet are rich in collagen and gelatin. They help to repair your gut lining. In addition, they provide an excellent environment for healthy bacteria to thrive.
Ingesting gelatin and collagen improves skin elasticity, and reduces inflammation throughout your body.
I use bone broth to add flavor to my soups and gravies.
Beyond the flavor, the ingredients in the bone both are important too. The amino acids from the gelatin in the broth can only be properly utilized when the diet contains sufficient fat-soluble activators, such as vitamins A and D.
So, don’t hesitate to put cream in your broth-based soups and sauces and include other sources of vitamins A and D in your diet, such as butter, and egg yolks.
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Flavorful Bone Broth Additions
Carrots are a rich source of the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene. A precursor of vitamin A. It helps maintain healthy skin and eyes. Carrots supply essential minerals, vitamins, and enzymes that aid in digestion.
Celery is an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes. It contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6. The antioxidants and polysaccharides support overall health, by fighting free-radical damage (or oxidative stress) that can lead to inflammation.
Onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections for centuries. The phytochemicals in onions along with vitamin C helps boost your immunity. The chromium in onions assists in regulating your blood sugar. Onions also lower the production of bad cholesterol (LDL), thus keeping your heart healthy!
Garlic is widely used as both a preventative agent and additive treatment for atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, thrombosis, hypertension, and diabetes. It has been shown to help control high blood pressure, boost your immunity, and helps fight infections.
Poultry Seasoning is a combination of thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, black pepper, and nutmeg. Ingredients support a healthy digestive system and immune systems
Peppercorns help improve your stomach's ability to digest foods and promotes intestinal health.
Parsley contains disease-fighting antioxidants including luteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene. These antioxidants help with inflammation within the body and slow the aging process.
Bay Leaf is extraordinary for its many health benefits, such as helping treat gas, bloating, and aids digestion.
Apple Cider Vinegar can detox your body. It helps balance your body’s pH. It supports cardiovascular health, bowel motility, and lymphatic drainage. A balanced stomach pH also helps with acid reflux and heartburn.