Have you ever thought, "What's the big deal about bone broth"?
Or maybe "Bone broth is nice and all, but it's SO hard to make!"
Or "Isn't it just the same thing as regular broth or stock"?
I had these same thoughts until I made my own. Turns out, bone broth is beautifully rich, flavorful, and super nutritious...AND it's crazy easy to make!
Once we started raising chickens a few years ago, I began cooking whole chickens regularly and hated throwing away the bones. So I decided to try my hand at homemade bone broth.
I fully expected it to be labor intensive and I honestly wasn’t sure it would be worth it.
But that first time I cooked with it, I knew I’d never throw away chicken bones again. And it’s actually fairly easy!
Read on to learn about the health benefits of bone broth, how I love to make it (don’t worry, I keep it simple!), and some of our family’s favorite ways to cook with it.
Health Benefits of Bone Broth
I used to take a multivitamin until I realized that my body was most likely not absorbing much if anything, so what was the point?
One of the things that always comes to mind when I think of bone broth is “nutrients that your body can easily absorb”.
So rather than waste money on vitamins that I wasn’t even sure was benefitting my body, why not use leftovers from last night’s chicken dinner, put in little effort, and make it into something really good for my body.
Studies have shown that bone broth may…
Help boost your immunity because of all the amino acids present
Lessen cold/flu symptoms - it helps clear mucous, open respiratory passages, and give your body nutrition that is easy to ingest and absorb
Strengthen bones and teeth
Help with hydration - it contains lots of fluid AND electrolytes (minerals)
Reduce inflammation and heal the gut
Bone Broth: Step by Step
We love bone broth because it's easy to make, free (if you just save your bones from a whole chicken), and it provides you with vitamins and minerals in a form that is easy for your body to absorb - nutrients that benefit your immunity, gut health, joints, and more!
1 pack chicken backs & necks or 3-4lb chicken bones
1 pack of 10 chicken feet (packed with collagen which is amazing for your skin, hair, & joints!)
1 gallon water or enough to cover all ingredients
2 T apple cider vinegar (organic with the "mother" is the best in our opinion)
optional: roughly chopped onion, garlic, carrots, celery, bay leaf, peppercorns, etc.
Add all ingredients to a large crock pot.
Turn crock pot to low and cook for 18-72 hours. The longer you cook, the richer & deeper the flavor. If you’re planning to drink, most people prefer the lighter flavor.
If any scum forms on the top during cooking, simply spoon off and discard.
Once the broth has cooked close to your desired length of time, remove the lid to cook some of the water off if you desire a more concentrated broth. We prefer to do this so we can store it in less containers. Then to use it, we just add some water if we want a lighter broth.
Turn off crock pot and let cool for 1-2 hours.
Spoon out large solids first and then pour the broth thru a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove smaller particles.
Pour into plastic containers or glass jars. If you plan to freeze in a glass jar, make sure to leave at least an inch or more at the top since it will expand when it freezes…I learned this the hard way…BUT I totally strained the glass shards out of my broth - I wasn’t letting my liquid gold go to waste!
Once cool, store in fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to a year.
*If using a large crockpot, this makes about 1 gallon of concentrated bone broth - I usually mix half and half with water when using to cook or sip.
Check out our Instagram stories highlights to watch videos of us preparing bone broth along with lots of other fun recipes and stories from the farm.
Some of Our Favorite Ways to Use Bone Broth
I am still learning new ways to use bone broth after cooking with it for years! Here’s some of our favorite ways:
using bone broth instead of water to cook rice, quinoa or other grains
using as a base for soups or stews
substitute for water/broth/stock in any recipe
sipping a mugful regularly in the colder months or when I feel like I may be getting sick or just as a general immunity booster
Have you made bone broth before? If not, what’s been holding you back? Let us know if any of this was helpful for you or if you have any questions in the comments below :)
We’d love to be your source for fresh from the farm ingredients! We’ve got a “Wellness Bundle” that includes all the chicken you need to make your own bone broth (1 gallon concentrated) PLUS a gift from our family to yours. Check out our online farm store HERE.