Bone broth has been very key in my own physical healing. I can’t wait to show you how the simple practice of making your own bone broth can impact your family!
If you frequent many “real food” blogs you are sure to come by the term “bone broth” peppered here and there in recipe posts. So what’s the big deal? Why are we so obsessed?!
When you properly make broth from the bones of healthy, pastured chickens, you are pulling nutrients, minerals, and beautiful gelatin right from the source! Before you make the decision to make your own broth, I encourage you to read “Broth Is Beautiful” – it was mind changing for me, and it will explain in much better words that I ever could how bone broth can help your family!
My bone broth method is most likely no different than what you have seen elsewhere. My hope in this post is to encourage YOU that you can make this happen in *any* season of life. From the full time working mama, to the SAHM’s (or daddys! or grammas! or aunts!) this is so do-able. The method is always the same but there are many different options of how to get it done for what works for YOUR family!
Here are the basics, and please see the Tips section below for different options for making it work in your house:
- 1-3 carcasses/bones from cooking your pastured chicken(s) (See Tips section on how to *easily* crockpot your chicken!)
- Leftover carrots, celery, onion pieces from cooking your chicken or from scraps throughout the week (you can use fresh too)
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (ACV) (Since it is heated I don’t worry about it being raw, but I do opt for organic)
- Put everything into your crockpot or oven roaster and fill with water to cover the bones by an inch-ish.
- Let the mixture sit for 30-60 minutes. DO NOT TURN THE HEAT ON YET. This allows the vinegar to extract minerals from the bones.
- Turn the crockpot on low or oven roaster at 200 degrees for 24-36 hours.
- Strain the broth. Store in the fridge up to 7 days, in the freezer 3-6 months, or deep freezer up to a year. Let the broth come to room temp before putting in the freezer. Leave the top off for 24 hours to freeze if you are storing in glass jars in the freezer to allow for expanding (or you will be very sad to see your cracked jar in a few days!).
- HERE is how to EASILY crockpot your chicken(s) and have leftover meat for the week or freezer!
- Ok so here are some options for making this work. You pick what works in YOUR house! OPTION 1: Crockpot a chicken once a week (or every couple weeks), and when the chicken is done cooking, toss the bones right back into the crock with cold water and ACV, let it sit and make your broth. OPTION 2: Oven roaster 2 chickens once a week (or every couple weeks), and when the chickens are done cooking toss the bones right back into the roaster with cold water and ACV, let it sit, and make your broth. OPTION 3: Crockpot or oven roaster your chicken(s) and toss the bones in a freezer bag and into the freezer. Once a month or so do a large batch of broth from your bones in the freezer in a couple crockpots or large oven roaster and make enough broth for a month.
- I do NOT add seasoning to my broth while I am simmering it. I use the broth for so many different things so I want to season it as I go! So when you use your broth for soup making, etc you will need to add plenty of sea salt to flavor it. When you are following recipes be sure to keep this in mind.
- Use your broth for soup making and drinking straight from the mug. You can also cook your rice or pasta in broth to make them more nourishing!
- Don’t forget the babes! Bone broth is extremely nourishing and for babies over 4-5 months old and kids of all ages! I make my veggie purees for baby with bone broth and give it to them with a pinch of sea salt right off the spoon. When they are old enough for a sippy they take bone broth in a sippy with pinches of sea salt. It is a fantastically healing and nourishing drink to have around when they are feeling under the weather. And I find that the sooner the taste is introduced, the taste palate is created for it and they willingly drink it! I of course prepare soups as well with the broth in it and that is a great way to get it in the kids too.
- When I was first starting out, (and working a LOT), I had “chicken day” on Monday. It was so nice to never have to think about what was for dinner on crazy Mondays! I would put the chicken in the crockpot before work and it was done when I got home. Then I would make my stock, and have meat for meals the rest of the week.
- If you have an older crockpot, the seal on the lid may not be very good and you may find the liquid evaporates – I used to put a big pot on the top of my lid to hold it down for a better seal! It works great. OR! Get one of these crockpots with a snap down lid on your wishlist for your birthday or Christmas! I am currently using my oven roaster for my broth making and I don’t have any evaporating issues with it.
- I have been storing my bone broth in these freezer containers – I just don’t have enough jars to spare lately. The big ones are a half gallon size (like 2 quart jars), and most of soup recipes call for a good 2 quarts of broth or so. AND! They are cheaper 😉
So talk to me! Do you already make bone broth? What is your method? Please share in the comments – I am by NO means an expert and I know there have got to be some options for making it that I have not thought of! If you have never made bone broth before, keep us posted how your first time goes!