Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth

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Slow Cooked Beef Bone broth made in the Crockpot with veggies, garlic, ginger, lemon and apple cider vinegar. Make a big batch and freeze for later.

We love to fill our freezer with bone broth and other crockpot soups such as chicken noodle or ham and beans.

Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth
Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth

Making bone broth has been on my bucket list for a long time. I recently tried a store-bought carton of bone broth and I could hardly stomach it, it tasted stale.

I loved how easy this big batch of beef bone broth was to make. The only hard part was finding the beef bones. I found these bones at Albertson’s. I did one package of knucklebones and one of the neck bones.

2 packages of beef bones in packaging.
2 packages of beef bones in packaging.

How to make Bone Broth in the slow cooker:

Put the beef bones on a sheet pan and browned them under the broiler before adding them to the slow cooker.

beef bones on sheet pan, uncooked.
beef bones on sheet pan, uncooked.

Along with the bones, I add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, bay leaves, water and apple cider vinegar. I read that the vinegar helps leach the minerals out of the bones.

browned beef bones, onion, carrots, celery, onions and bay leaves in a slow cooker.
browned beef bones, onion, carrots, celery, onions and bay leaves in a slow cooker.

How long do I cook bone broth in the crockpot?

I cook my bone broth for 12 hours on the low setting, though you can go longer if desired.

cooked beef bones and veggies in a slow cooker.
cooked beef bones and veggies in a slow cooker.

I strain the broth then add grated ginger, lemon juice and sea salt. It’s ready to serve, refrigerate or freeze for another day.

beef bone broth in slow cooker with lemons on side and bowl of bone broth on side.
beef bone broth in slow cooker with lemons on side and bowl of bone broth on side.

Can I freeze bone broth?

  • Yes, place into plastic or glass containers.
  • Leave an inch of room at the top to allow for expansion.
  • Freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Thaw in the fridge 24 hours before needed. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop

2 ball mason jars with beef bone broth in them.
2 ball mason jars with beef bone broth in them.

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finsihed cooked beef bone broth in the slow cooker.finsihed cooked beef bone broth in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth

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Beef bone broth easily made in the slow cooker with veggies, vinegar, garlic, ginger and lemon.

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Prep Time:

20

minutes

Cook Time:

12

hours

Total Time:

12

hours

20

minutes

Servings:

10

Calories:

185

kcal

Author:

Sarah Olson

Equipment Needed:

  • Slow Cooker- 6 quart or larger

Ingredients:

  • 3-4

    lbs.

    beef bones

  • 1

    yellow onion,

    quartered

  • 1

    head of garlic,

    cut in half

  • 2

    carrots,

    cut into pieces

  • 2

    celery stalks,

    cut into pieces

  • 2

    Tbsp.

    apple cider vinegar

  • 2

    bay leaves

  • 8

    cups

    water

Add after straining

  • 2

    tsp.

    grated ginger

  • 2

    Tbsp.

    lemon juice

  • 1/2

    tsp.

    salt

    (add to taste)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to broil. Place the beef bones on a sheet pan. Place the bones under the broiler in the oven. I browned the bones on each side for about 5 minutes each. It depends on how close the bones are to the broiler.

  • Add the bones to the slow cooker. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, bay leaves, apple cider vinegar and water.

  • Cover and cook on low for 12 hours. You can cook longer if desired.

  • Place a strainer over a large bowl. Ladle the broth into the strainer and discard the bones and veggies. I like to push the veggies into the strainer to get the juices out of them.

  • Add grated ginger, lemon juice and salt to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate or freeze for later. Skim off fat if desired.

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Recipe Notes:

Can I add more water to fill my slow cooker?

Yes, leave about a half inch of room to prevent over spillage.

Can I freeze this?

  • Yes, place into plastic or glass containers
  • Leave an inch of room at the top to allow for expansion.
  • Freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Thaw in the fridge 24 hours before needed. Reheat in microwave or on the stovetop.

Can I use this broth in soup recipes?

This broth can be used just like any other broth for your soup recipes.

 

Nutrition Information:

Calories:

185

kcal

|

Carbohydrates:

3

g

|

Protein:

19

g

|

Fat:

10

g

|

Saturated Fat:

4

g

|

Cholesterol:

59

mg

|

Sodium:

207

mg

|

Potassium:

431

mg

|

Fiber:

1

g

|

Sugar:

1

g

|

Vitamin A:

2074

IU

|

Vitamin C:

3

mg

|

Calcium:

24

mg

|

Iron:

2

mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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