How To Make Your Own Bone Broth

One of best things about bone broth is that it is easy and affordable to make yourself, unlike many other superfoods out there. There are two really key factors in making bone broth: having plenty of connective tissues with your bones, and the amount of time you take to simmer the bones. These two elements are what separate great bone broth from regular store-bought stock.

To make bone broth, decide on the kinds of bones you want to use. Beef and chicken bones are the most common, and typically the easiest to find at most grocery stores, but you can use turkey bones, pork bones, or any animal bones as long as they have plenty of ligaments and cartilage attached.

Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

  1. Purchase a whole chicken from your local supermarket and roast it. This gives you delicious chicken for the week, and the carcass can go directly into a stock pot to make your bone broth. It is best to get an organic, non-gmo chicken if possible because there will be fewer impurities that come out of the bones when simmering.
  2. Make sure to leave all of the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons on the chicken bones; this is where the collagen and gelatin will come from that makes bone broth so nutritious.
  3. Next add your vegetables and spices. These can be vegetable scraps leftover from meal-prepping or you can dice an onion, some carrots, and some celery to add to your broth. Apple cider vinegar is another great addition that helps bring the nutrients out of the bones.
  4. Fill the pot with filtered water until it is covering the bones and vegetables by about an inch.
  5. Simmer at medium-high until just bubbling, then reduce heat to low, cover with lid slightly ajar, and simmer for 24 hours.
  6. After 24 hours, strain the broth from the other ingredients using a mesh cloth if possible for smooth broth. Pour in an air tight container (mason jars or plastic pouches work well) and store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, or the freezer for up to 1 month.
  7. Once chilled, the broth should be a gel-like consistency that becomes liquid again when heated. If your broth has a layer of fat on the top, you can scrape this off to use in your cooking.

How should I use bone broth after I’ve made it? You can use bone broth just as you would use regular stock. Use it in your favorite recipes for an added nutritional punch, or drink it warm just like you would coffee or tea. As a matter of fact, bone broth makes a great alternative to your favorite caffeinated beverage, and it tastes just like you’re drinking a big bowl of chicken noodle soup.

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