So, what’s the buzz about bone broth? It’s been used for ages by many cultures to nourish their families. Chicken bone broth is nutrient dense and rich in protein, but it is also beneficial because of it’s healing properties. Being rich in bio-available vitamins and nutrients such as collagen, glycine, proline, and glutamine, it offers support for our gut, immune system, joints, etc. It also helps with the secretion of gastric acid, which aids in digestion and helps kill harmful bacteria.
I make my crock-pot chicken bone broth with bones that I collect from roasting whole chickens. You can also usually find beef bones at your local farmer’s market. I store the bones in ziploc bags and freeze them until I’m ready to brew some gut-healing goodness! It’s easy to make a stew from bone broth, just add some chopped veggies and fresh herbs along with it in a stock pot and you’re on your way. Check out my Meatball and Cabbage Bone Broth Souprecipe for inspiration!
I go the slow cooker route when making my bone broth. Cooking it on the stove is another option, but both ways yield a delicious and nourishing result. Bone broth definitely isn’t a new thing, but it’s something that I’ve recently added to my diet while I heal my acid reflux symptoms. I was a little intimidated by the idea of making it homemade at first, but now that I have the system of it down, it is a regular part of my weekly routine.
optional; fresh parsley, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary or other herbs
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 for added digestive benefits.
Let simmer on low in your slow cooker for 12-24 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 stovetop, simply follow the recipe above using a stockpot. Bring contents to a boil and simmer for 12-24 hours.
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 ziploc 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.