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Nourishing Chicken Bone Broth

January 17, 2014

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!

Nourishing Chicken Bone Broth

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:

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Nourishing Chicken Bone Broth
  • 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)
  1. Put everything into your crockpot or oven roaster and fill with water to cover the bones by an inch-ish.
  2. 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.
  3. Turn the crockpot on low or oven roaster at 200 degrees for 24-36 hours.
  4. 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!

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    I read on the Spunky Coconut blog that freezing and heating plastic releases its toxins. I can’t find the article at the moment, not sure if she cited any references or not. Anyhoo, just thought I’d pass along that info in case you want to investigate it yourself. I’d give you some jars, if you lived close (I’m in Central FL).

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you for the heads up Nikki! I never re-heat in plastic. But I have not heard that freezing in plastic releases toxins! I will be looking into that! These say they are BPA free but I understand sometimes there are other things.

      • Reply Micchelle January 14, 2015 at 1:23 pm

        Unfortunately the BPA free alternative plastic is not much better in terms of the hormone altering chemicals they release in the process of heating and freezing. I always freeze mine in glass jars that are freezer safe!

        • Reply Renee Kohley January 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

          Hi Micchelle! I agree glass is always best although I don’t always have them available. Whenever I use these half gallon containers I cool the broth first and then put them in the container to freeze all the way.

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      Absolutely makes my day Cindy 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply Chrystal August 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Hi! I’ve a question, and if it’s addressed above, then I apologize, I missed it. My chicken is done cooking in my crockpot, and once I debone, do/can I add the bones to the ‘water’ that is still in the crockpot, or do I drain and add fresh water? I would think I could use what is in there, but being that it’s my first time making bone broth, I don’t want to mess it up. 🙂
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    • Reply Renee Kohley August 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Chrystal! Great question! And yes just put the carcass right back in with the “water” left in the crockpot and add more water to completely cover everything up along with the apple cider vinegar. Hope that helps!

      • Reply B.C. January 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        Thank you….this was exactly the question that I haven’t been able to figure out. My 1st broth didn’t gel and I didn’t know if it was because I used the drippings. Thanks

  • Reply Rebecca September 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Do you add the extra fat as well? Also, I had a carcass in a roaster oven for 18 hrs and the entire pot turned gelatinous. Is this “normal? ” should it be liquid stock after 24-36 hours? TIA

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 17, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Hi Rebecca 🙂 No I don’t skim the fat – just throw everything in there and save the time. Gelatinous is great – but not when it is warm – I would say you probably could have used more water – did you add water to the oven roaster when you turned it on?

      • Reply Rebecca September 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        Yes, I filled it to the top of the roaster oven with water. Yes, it was warm and still cooking when I noticed it was gelatinous. Two Organic chicken carcass. I added celery, parsley, onion and all the fat. I have never made broth before, so I wasn’t sure. Thanks

        • Reply Renee Kohley September 18, 2014 at 6:10 am

          You did everything right Rebecca! I am wondering if your oven roaster runs a bit more hot than what it is registering on the setting? That would cause it to evaporate faster…

  • Reply Christine P September 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    What if it doesn’t gel? Is it still good?

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Yes for sure it is – it just means it is watered down more. When I make chicken bone stock I get more of a gravy consistency to my gel than a real “jello” type gel like I get with beef bones. I tend to use more water because I need the broth to stretch to last for my growing family 😀

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    I have been making broth for two years, trying your method for the first time. It’s been so hot here in Cali, I can’t imagine making soup BUT making it for my family to “drink” to stay healthy since everyone is getting sick. Question: do u add more water if some has evaporated & gets low? And can it be done in less than 24 hrs or is full benefit 24-36 hrs?

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 17, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Dawn! Yes add some more water – the seal on your crockpot might not be great if you are getting a lot of evaporating – one of my crockpots is like this and i put an empty pot over the lid to hold the seal down better and that really helps! And you need to have at least the 24 hours. You don’t need to go more than that – every once and a while I will strain it somewhere between 20-24 hours if the timing is right though so you have a little flexability. Hope that helps! You are doing a great thing for your family!

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    Hi Renee!
    I’ve been making broth for years whenever I ended up with some bones. But your article inspires me to be more proactive with broth making. I have never cooked the bones more than about 12 – 15 hours, so I will be changing that process, thanks to you. I prefer to roast my chicken/turkey bones in a similar manner that you roast beef bones. I originally got the idea from a Paul Prudhomme cajun cookbook. It makes a wonderfully rich broth too! Thanks for all of the great info.

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      Hi Gina! Great! And yes I love roasted bones for bone broth – in the winter my chickens get roasted in the oven and I love the broth even more from those bones!

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    I have been making bone broth for a while now and we love it!!
    My question is: have you used chicken feet? I just bought some from my local butcher and they came cleaned so I threw them in the pot with the other bones. Is that ok? Am I supposed to take the skin off? I have very little time taking care of three small children and pregnant with my fourth so I’m hoping it is ok to just throw them in 🙂

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Petra! Good for you! And YES you lucky duck – get those chicken feet in there! They pull off a ton of gelatin! And nope just throw them in! No other work needed!

      • Reply Petra September 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Yay, thanks!!!!

  • Reply Sara-Marie October 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Hello! Going to try this this week. Question – can the bones be “uncooked”? I deboned some chicken breasts to make chicken tenders and kept the carcass in hopes to use them for broth. Would that be a problem?

    • Reply Renee Kohley October 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Sara-Marie! Yes you can do that! If you want to, you can roast your bones to give the broth a wonderful rich flavor, but you don’t have to 🙂

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      Hi Kelly! I am not an experienced canner, but from what I understand you can pressure can bone broth.

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    Ok – this might be a silly question – but is the carcass considered everything but the meat? Do I put in more than just the bones? There’s the skin and cartilage, etc. I’ve always wondered if I should pick out just the bones or not? Also, is one chicken enough for one crockpot – or should I be putting more than 1 chicken carcass in there? My broth doesn’t look as beautifully colored as yours! It’s much lighter, even though I leave in for 36 hours or so.

    • Reply Renee Kohley October 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Liz! No silly questions here! Ask away!

      Yes use everything but the meat in your bone broth! You certainly can just use the bones but I find it faster to throw it all in. You will benefit from the collegen in the cartilage etc anyway and there is no harm in having everything in there. You can put more than one carcass in the pot – color comes from the veggies too – sometimes if I don’t have carrots in house I still make the broth – or if my girls ate them all with dinner! When I do that the broths are ligther in color. Broth will also be different/darker/richer color when the chicken has been roasted versus crockpoted because the bones take on the roasted color. As long as you follow the directions with using the ACV soak you are still getting all the benefits of the bone broth so no worries on the color 🙂 I do keep all the juices from the crockpotted chicken in the crockpot too so that might be giving it some of the color. I hope this all helps some 🙂

  • Reply Kate October 26, 2014 at 3:25 am

    How much does this make?

    • Reply Renee Kohley October 27, 2014 at 6:21 am

      Hi Kate! It really depends on how much water you put in the crockpot or oven roaster and how many chickens you use. If I make bone broth with one chicken carcass in a crockpot I’ll get 2-3 quarts of broth. When I make it with 3 chicken carcasses in my oven roaster it needs more water because there are more bones to cover so I’ll get about triple that – I usually get a good 2-3 gallons. Lately I have been doing it that way so I only have to make chicken and bone broth once a month 😉 I cook 3 chickens at a time, shred and freeze the meat, and then make the bone broth and it all lasts me a good month!

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    This may be super ignorant, but I am just learning all of this! Can you replace bone broth in a recipe by using regular broth and adding grass fed gelatin?

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      Hi Jennifer! You will get the great gelatin that way but you will miss out on the mineral content you get extracted from the bones that way. Bone broth makes minerals extremely simple to digest and absorb compared to supplements so it is a really great way to “supplement” what your body is probably missing in the vital minerals department. Does that make sense?

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        Absolutely! Thank you!

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    Hi! I followed all of the directions but ended up with only about 12 ounces of bone broth from one whole chicken?! What did I do wrong? Thanks for your help

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      Hi Terri! Your slow cooker probably doesn’t have a great seal so the water is evaporating over that 24 hours. One of my slow cookers is like that and I use a heavy pot on top of the lid to seal it down. You can try it that way! There are slow cookers with snap down lids that work really well if you end up in the market for a new one. That 12 oz you made is pretty concentrated so you can add another cup or so of water to it – then you will have enough to either drink or make some soup from it. Also be sure when you add the water to the slow cooker you are adding enough water to cover the bones completely by about half inch or so – sounds like your slow cooker’s seal isn’t great so you could add a little more than that to help make up for the evaporation. I hope that helps!

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    Hi. I made the broth but it came out really thick and fatty looking even after removing fat from the top. Is it ok to drink? I appreciate your help!

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    Hi there,

    I am in the process of researching how to make bone broth for “babies” or if there is much of a difference. This will be my sons first food, so I would assume I should avoid cooking the chicken with herbs as some may still remain or get transferred to the bones. Also I’m not sure if you would happen to know if the use of apple cider vinegar would be fine? If there were to be any reactions you want to know what to trace it back to, right?

    Thanks so much for all the great info!!

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      Hi Gena! Good for you! Bone broth is a GREAT first food for baby! My girls loved broth – and it is so helpful that that grew a taste palate for it young because they gobble it up as toddlers and now elementary aged 🙂

      I keep my broth pretty bland – I only cook the bones with the veggies – I don’t even salt it because I use the broth for so many different things I want to salt it to taste. What I usually did with my babies is after straining off the broth I would freeze some of the broth in ice cube trays and then keep the broth cubes in a freezer bag – then I could take out what I needed and I would salt it then – and yes I did salt it – babies benefit from the minerals in sea salt too! I would sometimes stir in a little coconut oil or butter as well. Here is a post I wrote about feeding babies broth 🙂

      • Reply Gena November 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

        Hi Renee,

        I did read through your other post which had great info. My one thought with making the broth with veggies is having not introduced those veggies to his diet just yet. If he had any reaction a person wouldn’t know what it was from? I’m not sure how much of the contents actually come out in the broth?

        Looking forward to browsing and reading through the rest of your site!

  • Reply Jayne November 21, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Hi, when cooking the chicken broth do I use the water that I cooked the chicken in or do I add new water and add the bones? Your recipe states to leave bones sit for 30 minutes with ACV with no heat. Thank you so much!

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Hi Jayne! You can leave the juices from cooking in the pot and you will want to add a little more if the bones/carcass are not covered by a good inch or so – otherwise during the 24 hours that the broth cooks, the liquid will evaporated down too much. I usually add more water and acv and let it all sit. I hope that helps!

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    Hi, im a little confused, I love making broth and read that the longer you simmer it the better. I then read that. if you cook it to long it will go rancid. Can you please help me which info is best?
    thanks so much, Ros

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Roslyn! Great question! Nourishing Traditions and WAPF recommend 24 hours is sufficient to get the nourishment from the bones. Especially chicken bones being on the smaller side. Beef bones are a bit bigger and you can get a little more nourishment out of them – I typically do 2 “rounds” of 24 hours on big beef bones. So for just chicken bone broth the 24 hours is suffcient – you won’t get much more out of them after that. I hope that helps!

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  • Reply Kerry January 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Looking to change my families eating habits and believe the suggestions you made were a great place to start. I thought by eating salad we were doing ok but that appears this is false as we are using premade salad dressings so disappointed. I am going to tackle the pantry and fridge clean out tomorrow and try and make our own dressing for dinner. Thanks for the guidance!

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 2, 2015 at 7:09 am

      Kerry that is a great start! Let me know if you have any questions!

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  • Reply Cyndie Finley January 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I am just discoving bone broth thanks to a dear friend. What is the least costly way to purchase quality chickens in San Antonio TX? I cannot raise my own, and organic at the store is costly. Any other suggestions?

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Cyndie! Great question. I would suggest checking with your local WAPF chapter ( and just ask for local farmers – it is cheaper for me to purchase right from the farmer for sure. You could hop out to your local farmer markets too and ask around for pastured chicken sources. Local Co-Ops sometimes are helpful in cost minimizing as well – you can find those through your WAPF chapter too. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Shalane January 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I’m so excited to try this for the first time! Thank you so much for taking the time to give this tutorial ! I have one question, does it have to be apple cider vinegar? I have everything but that, I have plain old white vinegar. Will that work? Thank you,

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Plain white vinegar will work – it is the acid you are going for. You will want to be cautious with plain white vinegar from the store however for ingestion since it is corn derived and most US corn is GMO’d. Use what you’ve got but then when you can just grab some of the apple cider vinegar or make sure your white vinegar is organic so you know it isn’t GMO’d. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Heather January 12, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Hello! I have been so excited to finally try making my own bone broth! I did the crock pot method you described and it turned out beautifully! I just wanted to see if you think I did it right: I used one 3lb chicken carcass and some veggies for 24 hours. The flavor wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. It is most certainly wonderful though! Maybe I was expecting a more concentrated flavor? I just wanted to badge sure I did it correctly. But like you say, I can season as I please and can use it as a base for many things and season accordingly. Thank you!

    • Reply Heather January 12, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Sorry, *make sure I did it right. Autocorrect is horrific!

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Heather 🙂 That all sounds fine to me! If there was more water covering the bones then the broth might be more diluted but there are still benefits to it – I do water down my broth some to make it stretch since I have so many mouths to feed on a tight budget 🙂 I like to keep my broth unseasoned until I use it like you said so that it can fit the dish I am making. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Helena January 14, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    So I cooked my chicken in some stock and veggies. After, I saved all the liquid I the fridge to use for making my bone broth. I took it out a few days later and I thought there would be fat on liquid much like when you cook a turkey, but it’s all gelatinous! Why is that? And can I use it to make the broth?

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 15, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Hi Helena! That’s a good thing! Your bird was nice and full of gelatin! And yes you can use that in your broth making, or you can just use it straight up in a soup or stir fry!

      • Reply Helena January 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

        Thanks:) I made my broth and got about 4 cups out of it. Is that about norm for bones from a 5lbs chicken?

        • Reply Renee Kohley January 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm

          That sounds about right. I usually fill up a good couple inches above the bones which thins out the broth more but makes more and makes it stretch for my larger family 🙂

          • Helena January 21, 2015 at 10:59 pm

            Thank you so much for all your help, this is a game changer 🙂

  • Reply jamie January 20, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Hi! I’m new to bone broth. I cant find whole organic chickens anywhere but I have been able to find organic drumsticks. Can I just use about 3-5 lbs of those? Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 21, 2015 at 5:58 am

      I think that would be better than nothing Jamie 🙂 Have you tried looking on the “Eat Wild” website for your area? Sometimes local Co-Ops or farmer’s markets might be helpful in finding whole chickens as well – sometimes those chicken parts can get really expensive versus buying a whole chicken!

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  • Reply jamie January 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Oops! Just saw where you said the water needed to be cold. I used the juice from the chicken and just a little water to cover the bones like you suggested but the water wasn’t cold. It was lukewarm wh. Ten I added the vinegar. Is that a problem? Will it still work?

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 21, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      That works – I do that all the time. I just try to add the water cold. You should be good 🙂

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  • Reply Katie February 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the advice, I’m trying it! The chicken came right off even into the crockpot as I was trying to move it because it was so tender. A few questions-do I put fat and skin and bones back into crockpot as in anything that’s not the meat I’m going to eat or freeze? And also, after making the broth, are those veggies in there ok to eat or should I eat what I want before making the broth? Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 9, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Katie! Oh yeah I just throw everything but the meat back in there to make the broth! And yes you can use the veggies for soup if you want afterward!

  • Reply Jasbir|beeraycoffeethoughts February 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Leaving raw/cooked chicken submerged in water for 30-60 minutes would not pose any threat to the meat?

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 14, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      This is the bones – not raw meat – being in the water. After you cook your chicken and have taken all the meat off the bones you place the bones in the water to soak and then simmer them for the broth. Does that make sense?

  • Reply jamie February 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Do you have to have the veggies? Just curious if it make a nutritional difference?

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 21, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      I do because I like the flavor but I have done without before. Onions in particular give it a good nutritional boost specifically to the immune system.

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    Once the broth is drained off the WELL boiled chicken bones, the leg bones become so tender that the ends can be chewed and the marrow sucked out. Super nutritious!

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  • Reply Shannon April 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Hello! Thank you for this article – I have made several batches of chicken broth this way. My question is: What do you use to strain the broth? There seems to be a lot of sediment (murky stuff) on the bottom of the batch. Do you just use it all? Perhaps I’m being too picky, but I was wondering if/how you strain your broth. Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley April 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Shannon 🙂 Great question. If the sediment bothers you, you can use a cheesecloth or tea towel to strain the broth. I am almost always dumping the broth into a pot of soup so it doesn’t really bother me. When we drink it from a mug sometimes I will pour my warmed broth into my French press to strain off the sediment if it is really heavy. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Carol April 27, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Just a tip: I find that I get more flavor and collagen out of the bones if I been them up before putting them in the pot.

  • Reply Carol April 27, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Just a tip: I find I get more flavor and collagenout of the bones if I break them up before putting them in the pot.

  • Reply Kris May 1, 2015 at 9:01 am

    HI Renee. Thank you for these suggestions. It’s too late for me today (to put the chicken in the pot) for dinner but I am definitely going to try this out for the next time. I have a question. Have you ever cooked duck and if so can you crock pot duck the same way as chicken? Can you use the duck bones for bone broth? Thanks, and I love what you write!


    • Reply Renee Kohley May 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Kris! I don’t have access to duck but I hear duck broth is amazing! Since I have never cooked one before I’m not sure how it would do in the crockpot but the broth should be fine!

  • Reply REK981 June 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Just popping in to give this 5 stars. I found your broth via a different website about 3 years ago now and it has changed my life and my cooking. So thank you so much for all your efforts and time!

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  • Reply Nicole July 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Could you please clarify something for me? If I am making a chicken in the crockpot, when it’s done and I remove the meat, do I leave both the water the chicken cooked in and the veggies that were cooked with the chicken in the crockpot and just add the bones and ACV back in for broth? Or do I drain out the cooking water and add in fresh water with the cooked veggies and ACV along with the bones for broth?

    • Reply Renee Kohley July 28, 2015 at 7:09 am

      Hi Nicole! Just leave the liquid and veggies left in the crockpot, throw the bones back in along with some ACV and more water to cover the bones by at least an inch and you’re good! I hope that helps!

      • Reply Nicole July 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

        Yep, that clarifies it! Thanks! Excited to make my first batch this week 🙂

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  • Reply Swarna September 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Renee,

    I have an Instant Pot, electric pressure cooker, it can also be used as a slow cooker. Any ideas on how I can make bone broth in my Instant Pot.

    Also just wondering, what time of the day do you typically start cooking your bone broth? Wouldn’t the bones go bad if they are exposed to heat for almost a day/24 hours +

    I never made bone broth in my life, after reading your posts I got motivated and for the first time I cooked the whole chicken in my Instant Pot. Meat is fall-part cooked. Now the next step is to make the bone broth but I am little worried about the 24 hours? Or maybe I can do it in the electric pressure cooker for less time? Any suggestion are greatly appreciated 🙂


    • Reply Renee Kohley September 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Swarna! I don’t have an InstaPot so I’m not sure – they are gaining popularity so I’m sure you can Google it and find a recipe! I put my bone broth to simmer in usually at night and strain it the next night. There is no concern for them going bad 🙂 This is how generations and and generations have cooked bone broth 🙂

  • Reply Swarna September 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Renee

    Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Angie November 1, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    do you use giblets when making broth?

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      When I have access to them I do Angie!

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  • Reply Julie June 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks so much for your post. Just getting acquainted with true bone broth this winter! Im wondering if you know whether malt vinegar would work as well as acv? We have allergies to acv in our home 😀
    Thanks heaps!

    • Reply Renee Kohley June 16, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Hi Julie! Yep I think that would work – the idea is just an acid base to break down the bones for their minerals 🙂

  • Reply Beth July 9, 2016 at 12:11 am

    I’m so thankful for this post and all of the comments! I got a few of my questions answered by reading through them.

    Anyhoo, I finished making my first bone broth tonight! I’ll be using it to feed my baby. Everything seems to have gone well except…it really stinks! Is this normal? My husband said it just smells like chicken broth to him so I’m sure it’s fine and safe to eat. I just personally don’t want to drink it because it smells so strong of the bones part. Not sure if that makes sense or what I was expecting. I’m worried it’s going to be gross for my baby. Any insight would be helpful!

    Oh yeah and I made the mistake of pouring off the juices from the original cooking of the chicken if that’s helpful info. I just ended up covering with cold water and AC vinegar.

    • Reply Renee Kohley July 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Beth! Yes bone broth can smell on the strong side. If you followed the directions it is perfectly safe to drink – I don’t particularly drink it straight up without simmering it with some garlic or green onion and herbs but all of my babies drank it right from the pot. It is just all they know really. Adults can have more particular palates because we haven’t grown up with it 😉 Also, no worries on pouring the cooking liquid off – actually with more kids in my house now than when I wrote this post I save that liquid and cook with it – it is like extra broth! It is called meat stock and while slightly different than bone broth in nutrients it is still nourishing and tasty!

      • Reply Beth October 22, 2016 at 9:07 am

        Oh man, somehow I JUST saw this answer! Thank you so much! Just made my second round of bone broth and it looks amazing. Used your site again for reference. THANK YOU!!!

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