Bone broth is so easy to make and incredibly good for you. This simple recipe will teach you how to make bone broth at home.
This post couldn't have come at a better time than today after the snow and cold snap we had this weekend. It was 7 degrees when I woke up today. 7. I can't. I just can't....summer please come back to me!
So while we all hide inside and praise Jesus for heat and fireplaces, let us learn how to make bone broth at home to warm our bellies. It is super simple and there is no need to spend too much money on premade bone broth when you can make a huge batch at home for less than $10!
For those of you who don't know about bone broth - welcome! Let me give you a short overview of this
- It is FULL of collagen! Are you on the collagen powder train? Because I have been taking this stuff for almost 2 years and it's amazing. Bone broth is full of collagen protein. Making your joints, skin, hair & tissues so happy!
- Loaded with vitamins and minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium.
- Your gut will thank you for this. Bone broth will help heal the lining of your gut by containing amino acids (aka protein) that support inflammation relief in your GI tract.
- Whole 30, Paleo, KETO approved (not plant based for obvious reason)
- It's delicious!
If that didn't convince you to try this yourself, well then just think about it like
Where Do I Buy Bones for Bone Broth?
This wasn't as hard as I thought. I went to Lucky's Market here in town and asked the butcher if they sold beef bones. They usually have a tiny section of them already packed in 1 pound packages in the freezer section next to the butcher, but if they don't I just ask. They usually have them in the freezer in the back and all they have to do is cut them up for me with however much I want. It's surprisingly easy. They sell them for $2.99/pound and I always get 3 pounds per batch. Just ask your grocer's butcher where they keep the bones or if they can cut you up some.
I like to roast mine before throwing it all in a crockpot. Spread the bones out on a baking sheet lined with foil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 400 degrees for 1 hour. After that add to a crockpot with celery, carrots, parsley, garlic, onion and bay leaves. Pour 12 cups of water on top and cook on low for at least 24 hours.
Your home will smell of beef stew, which isn't the most pleasant thing early the next morning, but light a candle, I promise it is worth it.
Once the 24 hours are up, strain the veggies and bones and discard. They have served their purpose and no longer needed. Pour the broth evenly into mason jars and let cool on the counter before sealing.
You can freeze the broth for up to 6 months. I usually put 1 jar in the fridge to enjoy right away and the rest in the freezer until I need it. I will just pull out 1 jar at a time and set in the fridge 24 hours before.
As the bone broth cools it will start to become gelatinous. Which is perfect and where all the goodness is! Some trace fat will also come to the top. Once I have set in the fridge, I will just scoop it off the top before I use.
How Do You Enjoy and Drink Bone Broth?
- Sip on it. I will fill a coffee cup about half-way full with some broth and then add water to fill the remaining cup. Pop on the microwave till warm, add a pinch of salt and sip on it like a cup of tea. This is my favorite way to drink. It is just like a beef stew or soup but without anything in it. Man...I need to go make some right now.
- If you're now down with just drinking straight up the broth, then you can use it as broth in stews or soups. I have not personally done that yet, however, it is broth. Sub for beef broth in any recipe that calls for it. You may need to also add water with the broth in whichever recipe you are using.
That is it. Easy Peasey. Inexpensive. Delicious. Warm. Satisfying. Oh so good for you.
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