I love making homemade bone broth in the cold winter months. I warm a cup up and sip on it before bed. If drinking the broth alone doesn’t sound appealing to you, try using it this as a soup base. I also make this in the pressure cooker which is much faster. You can how I make it here.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is when the bones from animals like beef and or chicken are simmered in water releasing all the amazing nutrients.
What makes Bone Broth so healthy?
As the bones simmer they release powerful nutrients including collagen, gelatin, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur. These things help boost and improve your health.
Benefits of drinking Bone Broth:
Where do I even begin? Bone Broth helps leaky gut syndrome, IBS, Crohn’s disease, joints, immune system and even your skin. It is also said to help with weight loss.
According to Dr. Axe, Bone broth could be called “nature’s multivitamin.” It’s packed with:
- over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins)
- collagen/gelatin, which help form connective tissue
- nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health
You can read more of this article here.
Something to keep in mind is this is Not the same broth you buy at the grocery store. Unfortunately, the store bought broths do not have the same type of nutrients in your homemade broth. Think of it like a can of vegetables in comparison to fresh garden vegetables.
What ingredients do I need?
Basically, all you need for bone broth is soup bones. Some example are oxtail, marrow bones and even short ribs. I just go to my local grocery store and ask the butcher for soup bones. Apple Cider Vinegar, carrots, celery, onion, garlic and filtered water.
You can mix different bones too. Leftover turkey bones and or chicken bones are great.
f you don’t want to make your own bone broth, you can purchase pre-made bone broth and have it shipped right to your door. I have heard great things about this company.
If you don’t have time to make bone broth in the slow cooker you can make it in the pressure cooker. See my recipe here.
Bone Broth Recipe in Slow Cooker
- 2-3 pounds of soup bones like Beef Pipe Bones (ask your butcher) You can also mix these with marrow bones with a little bit of meat on them such as Oxtail or knuckle bones. Ask your butcher to cut these in half or into pieces. You can also use chicken bones.
- 2 carrots cut in half. No need to peel them.
- 2 celery stems cut into thirds
- 1 small – medium onion, chopped White or Yellow
- 1-2 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar -Braggs Raw Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother this helps to extract the nutrients from the bones.
- a little salt and pepper.
- water to cover the bones. Fill the slow cooker with water leaving a little room from the top.
- Add soup bones to pressure cooker.
- Add apple cider vinegar and garlic.
- Add all vegetables and a little salt and pepper. (I like to season the broth before I actually drink it.)
- Add water covering bones. Almost to the top of the slow cooker
- Cook on low for 20-24 hours. Some slow cookers only go to 20 hours.
- Once it's finished remove bones, let cool then freeze them. You can actually use the bones one more time to make bone broth. Just freeze the bones.
- Remove vegetables and strain the broth.
- Pour yourself a cup of bone broth, salt to taste if desired.
- Let cool then store bone broth in mason jars for up to a week in the refrigerator.