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How To Make Bone Broth In Your Slow Cooker

March 27, 2018

Learn how to make bone broth in your slow cooker, the hottest trend in the food world! It requires minimal ingredients and steps but a whole lot of patience as your house fills with the delicious scent of homemade broth.

Learn how to make bone broth in your slow cooker, the hottest trend in the food world! It requires minimal ingredients and steps but a whole lot of patience as your house fills with the delicious scent of homemade broth.Yes, I am that girl posting about bone broth. No, I am not ashamed of this.

If you haven’t heard of bone broth by now, you probably should catch up on what’s been dubbed one of the top “food trends” of 2019. What’s hilarious about this latest trend is that it’s actually been around for hundreds of years. People just may not have been aware of how good bone broth actually was for you back in the shtetl.

While my Bubby may not have known that her chicken soup was great for decreasing inflammation, hair and nail health and boosting your immune system, she certainly knew it helped cure the soul. A man did she make a good chicken soup.


In essence, bone broth is when the bones from animals (chicken, beef, duck etc…) are simmered in water to release their amazing benefits for our bodies.

Now I know what you’re wondering, what the heck is the difference between broth and stock? Truth-be-told, nothing. Broth is essentially stock that has simmered for quite a bit longer, which means that all of the vitamins and nutrients are released from the bones and all of these go right into your tummy! You can totally use bone broth in place of stock, though I wouldn’t suggest sipping on stock rather than broth. Do you still follow?

Let’s chat about the benefits of bone broth…


There are many benefits to drinking bone broth but here are a few I want to highlight. Most of its benefits come from the bone’s protein (mainly collagen which becomes gelatin when cooked) which promotes:

-strong bones i.e. helps prevent osteoporosis and arthritis
-muscle repair and growth
-strong hair and nails
-clear, healthy skin (collagen creams anyone?!)
-improved digestion
-immune health aka your grandmother’s soup wasn’t just a hoax

Learn how to make bone broth in your slow cooker, the hottest trend in the food world! It requires minimal ingredients and steps but a whole lot of patience as your house fills with the delicious scent of homemade broth.


Because I am a chronic ingredient-reader, I started looking into what was actually in the chicken stock I was buying from the grocery store. Not surprisingly, I found ingredients that definitely should NOT be in stock. I’m looking at you artificial coloring…You would be surprised the kind of stuff brands are adding to their broths and stocks that are completely unnecessary. Given how easy it is to make bone broth, not to mention more affordable, there’s pretty much every reason to make your own bone broth.

Side note: There is one brand of store-bought bone broth that I trust. Kettle & Fire uses organic chicken bones and grass-fed beef to make their bone broths and all flavoring comes from veggies and spices. So if you aren’t down for making your own bone broth, I highly recommend them.


Absolutely! I actually started making bone broth from scratch when I discovered I could make chicken soup in my slow cooker. And then when the bone broth movement kicked off, I started to leave the stock in the slow cooker for longer and BAM before I knew it I was basically running my own bone broth store.

I’ve now started to make mass quantities of bone broth where I leave some out to sip on daily and freeze the rest to use as stock in soups and other recipes. The best part about it is that the only real ingredient you need are animal bones. So whenever I’m cooking chicken or beef I always keep the bones and FREEZE THEM. Then when I’m ready to make broth, I throw them in the slow cooker with water and 24 hours later I have pure, healthy deliciousness.

Sometimes I get fancy and throw in some veggies for flavor, but that so isn’t necessary if you don’t have them on hand or if you plan to just use it in other recipes.

So what do you need to make bone broth?

  • Animal bones (I prefer chicken or beef) – just ask your butcher or save them when you cook meat
  • Water
  • Vinegar (to extract collagen from bones)
  • Optional: veggies for added flavor

Learn how to make bone broth in your slow cooker, the hottest trend in the food world! It requires minimal ingredients and steps but a whole lot of patience as your house fills with the delicious scent of homemade broth.Now that I’ve sufficiently convinced you, let’s learn how to make bone broth in your slow cooker.


How To Make Bone Broth In Your Slow Cooker


  • 12 lbs organic animal bones (I used chicken in this recipe but beef, duck, bison etc will work. Ask your local butcher for some bones if you don’t have any leftover)
  • 2 organic celery stalks, chopped in half
  • 1 large organic carrot, chopped into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped in half
  • 910 cups filtered water (or enough to cover bones)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (helps to extract collagen from bones)
  • Supplies: Cheesecloth + Cooking twine , Mesh Strainer and a 4-6 quart slow cooker*


  1. Place vegetables in a double layer of cheese cloth and secure in a bundle with the cooking twine (see image below)
  2. Put bones and vegetables into the slow cooker and top with water and apple cider vinegar until covered.
  3. Cook in LOW for 24 hours (you can leave for slightly longer or less).
  4. After an hour or so, skim any “gunk” that is floating on the top. Organic/cleaner meat will yield much less of this.
  5. Remove top and let cool slightly.
  6. Place strainer over a bowl and ladle broth into strainer to separate bones and vegetable bundle from the liquid.
  7. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

*To store: I like to freeze half and keep the other half for my daily cup. It keeps in the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for several months. If freezing, remove from freezer several hours before using to thaw. If storing in fridge, feel free to remove the layer of fat that will develop on top or leave it on and stir it in (it’s good fat!) before heating up in the microwave.

**I use and like this slow cooker, however if you want one on a timer I’ve heard great things about this one.

Learn how to make bone broth in your slow cooker, the hottest trend in the food world! It requires minimal ingredients and steps but a whole lot of patience as your house fills with the delicious scent of homemade broth.

Like this recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy:

How To Make Homemade Kombucha
How To Make Green Juice In Your Blender
Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
How to Make Veggie Stock from Veggie Scraps


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  • Reply
    August 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Made it yesterday, so basic, but soooo good. Thanks for the tip on cheese cloth. I kept everything the same except added herbs from the gardent. OMG even my husband wanted a bowl before dinner.

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    June 7, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I’ve been doing this my whole life. We grew up in a rural area, money was tight, we did’t waste anything Now I’m trendy, who knew

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      Davida Kugelmass
      June 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      haha yup! Apparently there’s a science to that chicken soup my mom always made when I was sick!

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        July 11, 2016 at 10:21 pm

        I’m making for the first time but I’ve put a whole chicken in the crockpot….after 8-10 hours, can I debone the chicken and remove some of the veggies for a meal and then co to use to let the rest ‘brew’ for about 48 hours?

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          Davida @ The Healthy Maven
          July 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

          Sure can! I’d put the bones back in while you “brew” to get the added benefits and then strain before eating 🙂 Enjoy!

          • Lorraine
            December 13, 2016 at 10:17 pm

            After about 4 hours can I turn off pot and continue in the morning since I don’t want to leave the crock on overnight.

          • Becky Mueller
            January 13, 2017 at 10:11 am

            I like using chicken feet! 🙂

          • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
            January 13, 2017 at 11:32 am

            Great substitute!

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    January 21, 2016 at 4:52 am

    I like to roast my bones and vegetables with a bit of tomato paste. Once the bones come to a simmer, I will add my veg, some fresh herbs, such as thyme, or parsely as well as some peppercorns and a bay leaf or two.

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    December 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I made this recipe with about 1.5 lbs of chicken drumsticks last night, but most of the water evaporated when I checked on it this morning. What did I do wrong?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Mandy. That is very strange. I have never had that happen to me! Did you cover the bones fully with water? Did you make sure to cook it on low? The only issue I could imagine is if your slow cooker was on too high a setting and the water evaporated.

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      March 13, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Do you use bones with lots of meat or very little meat or maybe some of each?

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    September 27, 2015 at 9:02 am

    If you put 4-5 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar in while cooking it helps to leach the minerals out of the bones. It does not affect the taste at all.

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    August 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    There IS a difference between stocks and broths.
    Broth is made with meat & bones.
    Stock is made with only bones or bones with very little meat attached.

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    July 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I’m glad to see yours looks cloudy. I just made mine in the crockpot and I worried I did it wrong because it wasn’t completely clear like the broth you buy in the store. It does taste good. I also put garlic in mine.

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    July 12, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    What do you do with those vegetables in your bundle? Do the veggie solids become part of the broth? Or do you discard the veggie bundle?

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    March 28, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    It cracks me up this is such a huge trend suddenly. They were talking about it on the Jillian Michaels podcast too. Your pictures are beautiful. You’d doing bone broth justice!

    While I don’t make bone broth, I do make my own veggie stock using the bits and bops of veggies you’d normally toss, like carrot peelings, bell pepper tops and ribbing, garlic skins, leftover herbs, etc. I store them all in a gallon freezer bag until full and then toss it in a crockpot with water, a little salt and a bay leaf. It’s fantastic.

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    March 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I’ll admit, I wasn’t grossed out by the bone broth because I already knew that most soups were animal-based! But this looks absolutely perfect!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    March 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I love making my own bone broth and make it in the slow cooker too – nothing like the smell of the broth brewing away! Haha! and there is no comparriosn between home made and store bought…
    My favourite bones to use are lamb bones – it makes the most intense broth with so much flavour. Veg wise I usually just throw in a couple of onions/ leeks and carrots!

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    March 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

    You’re amazing and truly inspire me every single day D. That is all.

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