Soothing, adaptable, and economical. Slow Cooker Chicken Bone Broth is not only packed with vitamins and minerals, but it tastes amazing, too. I love to use it in gravy, soup, to braise vegetables, or just for sipping!
What is Bone Broth?
It’s been used for ages by many different cultures to nourish their families and can be used as a base to make soups, sauces, and other dishes. Bone broth involves simmering bones and vegetables (like celery and carrots) in water for a long period of time. Eventually, it thickens up to a gel-like consistency when cooled because of the collagen that is released from the bones.
How does bone broth differ from traditional broth and stock?
Even though broth, stock, and bone broth are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. There are a few differences when it comes to consistency, flavor, and cooking time.
Chicken Broth is made by simmering meat, vegetables, and herbs in water for no longer than an hour, or until the meat is all the way cooked. It is lighter and typically more flavorful than stock and bone broth but can be made neutral by skipping the herbs and seasoning.
Chicken Stock is made by simmering chicken bones and vegetables in water typically for 6-8 hours. It has a shorter cooking time and thinner consistency than bone broth.
Chicken Bone Broth is made by simmering bones and vegetables anywhere from 12-48 hours (if it cooks longer than 48 hours, the flavor may turn bitter). It differs from traditional stock and broth with its thicker consistency, longer cooking time, and larger amount of nutrients.
Bone broth is typically made on the stove, but for this recipe, I used my slow cooker. To do this, I use bones that I have collected after roasting whole chickens. I store the bones in resealable bags and freeze them. That way, when it comes time to make Slow Cooker Chicken Broth, all I have to do is dump the ingredients and go about my day.
Slow Cooker Chicken Bone Broth is soothing and savory. It’s packed with nutrition, which can be helpful is you are on a restricted diet for digestive issues like acid reflux (GERD), Celiac Disease, or generally have issues with nutrient absorption.
optional herbs to throw in; thyme, rosemary, parsley
Add bones to the bottom of your slow cooker and cover with filtered water. Add the apple cider vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes (this helps draw out the nutrients from the bones)
Add fresh herbs, along with the knob of ginger and turmeric root.
Let simmer on low in your slow cooker for 12-48 hours. Add chopped carrots, celery, and the last 6-8 hours of cooking.
Once it’s finished simmering, let it cool and then pour through a fine mesh strainer. Season with salt to taste. And that’s it! Now you can sip it, freeze it, or use it in soups and other recipes!
If you don’t have a slow cooker or would rather make your bone broth stove top, simply follow the recipe above using a stockpot. Bring contents to a boil and simmer.
You can skim the top to remove impurities (totally optional), or store the broth in jars and wait until a layer of fat solidifies at the top to remove.
Want to save your bone broth for later? You can pour the bone broth in an ice cube tray, freeze, and store the cubes in a resealable bag for later use. If you are storing it in glass jars, make sure to leave room at the top for the liquid to expand as it freezes.
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