Bone broth is nutrient packed and so simple to make. Learn why bone broth heals and how to make a delicious simple homemade crockpot bone broth! There are so many uses for bone broth and I’m sharing my favorite ways and recipes that use it!
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Recipe for bone broth
Homemade crockpot bone broth is incredibly easy to make! All it takes is patience, since it needs to simmer for 24 hours. You can make it on the stovetop, however, I love the ease of using a crockpot to make bone broth because I don’t have to watch it.
Set it and forget it!
What is bone broth?
If you aren’t familiar with bone broth, I’m pretty sure I can guess your first question. What the heck is bone broth? Is it the same stuff I buy on the shelves at the store?
The short answer: nope.
The longer answer: Bone broth is basically stock. It differs from broth you buy in the store because of the longer traditional cooking method that draws out the minerals and amino acids (building blocks of protein).
Bone broth will typically be thicker and more gelatinous than, for example, store bought shelf stable broth. Bone broth is also way lower in sodium, but doesn’t skimp on flavor.
In fact, I find the flavor so much more appealing because it’s not just lots of salty sodium, but real flavor from the ingredients.
Can you buy it?
Of course, you can also find quality bone broth in the store as well now! I typically find it in the frozen section and now also shelf stable options (like Kettle and Fire).
It’s quite a bit more expensive than making it at home, but worth it if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own bone broth at home.
Which bones should you use in bone broth?
To get a super gelatinous bone broth, chicken feet actually work really well! However, they can be hard to find.
The most affordable way to get bones is to save the bones from meat that you cook. I keep a bag in the freezer (as you can see in the picture above), and I simply add bones from meals into it when we have them.
When it’s time to make bone broth, I grab the bones I need. It’s a simple trick!
You can also save vegetable ends and such like this too to use with your homemade broth.
- bones (beef, chicken, lamb, pork, etc)
- celery stalks
- garlic cloves
- apple cider vinegar
- sea salt
How to make it
Making crockpot bone broth is more of a method – the recipe is very forgiving and can be customized to use what you have on hand!
- In a 6-quart crockpot add the bone and vegetables.
- Add the apple cider vinegar.
- Add the sea salt.
- Cover with water to the top and place the lid on.
- Simmer on low for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, remove the lid and allow the cooling process to start. Strain the liquid out, discarding the bones/vegetables and finish cooling the broth in the fridge uncovered. When the broth has cooled, remove the layer of fat that hardens at the top (there may be fat depending on the bones used).
- Store covered in the fridge for use within 1 week, or freezer until you need it!
10+ reasons bone broth heals
Bone broth is filled with tons of amazing minerals and amino acids. As the bones simmer for 24 hours, good for you nutrients like collagen, gelatin, glycosaminoglycans, glycine, proline, glutamine, bone marrow, and minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc are drawn out.
Bone broth helps with skin health because of the collagen content. Collagen helps with skin elasticity and improves skim moisture content. Bone broth also helps with cardiovascular health, muscular health and performance, bones and joints, digestion, eye health, detoxification, brain health, mood and sleep, immune function and my favorite, gut health.
Gut health is so incredibly important. Bone broth can help the body maintain good gut health by way of the gelatin that absorbs water, which then gives the gut a layer of mucus to keep gut microbes away from the intestinal barrier.
If you love reading the more detailed research behind the benefits, I highly suggest you check out Chris Kresser’s guide to bone broth.
Uses of bone broth
You may only think of using bone broth in recipes that would typically call for broth – which is a fantastic place to start! Here are other ways to include bone broth into your diet, to get the nutrients from it daily.
- Drink a warm mug of it with a touch of sea salt (my fav!)
- Use bone broth instead of water when cooking grains
- Braise meats and vegetables with it
- Blend bone broth with steamed vegetables for a quick and easy soup (and of course use in soup recipes that call for broth)
- A base for gravy and sauces
- Add it to smoothies as the liquid
- Blend it in with pancakes and waffles
Recipes that use bone broth
Easy Crockpot Recipe for Bone Broth
Bone broth is nutrient packed and so simple to make. Learn why bone broth heals and how to make a delicious simple homemade bone broth in your crock pot!
bones (beef, chicken, lamb, pork, etc)
garlic cloves (smash with your hand to open the smell)
apple cider vinegar
In a 6-quart crockpot add the bone and vegetables.
Add the apple cider vinegar.
Add the sea salt.
Cover with water to the top and place the lid on.
Simmer on low for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, remove the lid and allow the cooling process to start. Strain the liquid out, discarding the bones/vegetables and finish cooling the broth in the fridge uncovered. When the broth has cooled, remove the layer of fat that hardens at the top (there may be fat depending on the bones used).
Store covered in the fridge for use within 1 week, or freezer until you need it!
You can also make bone broth on the stove top and in a pressure cooker. I have not used those methods because I like the low simmer of the crock pot and the fact that I don’t have to babysit the broth as it cooks. However if you don’t have a crock pot, those methods will work as well!
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*Originally published in January 2018. Updated December 2020.*