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Friday, March 21, 2014

Homemade Crock Pot Bone Broth

I LOVE homemade bone broth. It is full of amazing flavor and rich in nutrients. It is a good source of calcium, magnesium, amino acids and gelatin.

Have you ever wondered why chicken soup is said to be great to have when sick? It is based off of the benefits of a homemade broth, not the gross high sodium soups you find in a can (that often contain chemicals and MSG). When we are sick, this is hands down the best thing to consume. It will restore any lost nutrients and help bring healing to the body.

It is also cheap and easy to make at home!

Crock Pot Bone Broth:

Whole Chicken (local and pasture raised is ideal)
2 pounds (or more) of bones from a trustworthy source and 2 chicken feet for extra gelatin
Veggies of your choice (carrots, onion, celery)
2 T apple cider vinegar

I first cook my chicken in the crock pot with this yummy recipe.

Remove the chicken (at this point it will fall apart, it's super tender and delicious).

Pick off all the meat and throw the bones, joints and cartilage back into the crock pot. Make sure to remove all the fat and skin, it’s useless at this point. Some meat on the bones is fine.

Fill the crock pot up with filtered water but leave about an inch of room from the top. Also add in the ACV.

Throw in any veggies you like (any time I use veggies in a meal, I keep the discard pile in a jar in the freezer, then throw everything in the jar into the crock pot). Add a bit of sea salt if you want.

Add any fresh or dried herbs you like. I use my rosemary, parsley and basil. Ill throw in a bay leaf if I have one.  Also some fresh garlic (yum).

Cover and cook on low for 24 hours.. But I have let it go for 3 days before and just add a bit of water as needed.
***If you are using beef, cook for at least 48 hours.

Once it is done, use a mesh strainer when pouring the broth into a glass jar (it’ll catch all the gunk).

There will be a bit of fat on the top. Once it has cooled and hardened, you can easily scoop this out and discard.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, otherwise keep it in the freezer. Use it as you would any broth. I love making soup with it. It has such a great flavor! If you're sick, you can also just drink it straight to help shorten illness.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, I love this idea!! I make that crock pot chicken a lot since it's SO EASY... but this is such an awesome idea to make FREE and DELICIOUS broth... with practically no extra work. LOVE!!