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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
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  • Reply
    Allison A
    June 30, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for all the good info. One thought…I shy away from microwaving anything I really need the nutrients from. I’m no expert on it, but I’m pretty sure microwaves change the makeup of things when they heat. So some nutrient value may be lost. I always reheat on the stove, unless it’s something I don’t need the nutrients from like my coffee 😉

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    June 19, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I am making bone broth using 6 pounds of organic chicken drumsticks. I removed the skin because I always thought chicken skin is bad for your cholesterol. I added 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 9 cups of water. It is still cooking right now at the 20th hour. Reading through your post, you say it’s okay to leave the fat that accumulated in the broth because it is good fat. How is chicken fat good fat? Also, should I have left the chicken skin on the drumsticks during cooking?

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    June 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Hi.. Nice read.. I’ve heard that you have to blanch and then roast them first
    Im not sure how necessary is that but I’m currently roasting the beef bone I have here.

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    May 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’d like to try this once I have the time. I’m currently drinking, Au Bon Broth’s organic bone broth and it’s actually good and convenient.

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    Lori Torres
    April 25, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I made this and it came out really clear. Why didn’ I get the cloudy? I used raw bones.

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      Lori Torres
      April 25, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Also, has anyone ever puréed the veggies and added them back to the broth?

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        July 31, 2018 at 9:13 am

        Yes it is great and easier to digest.

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    Ann wangari
    April 3, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Wow, this is what pple take here in the rural areas in Kenya. …one cup goes for 20 shillings…..quarter a dollar. Once you boil the bones once, don’t throw them away. ..sundry them for two or three days then boil them again. .you won’t believe the soup. …white and rich like milk.

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      February 11, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      That’s fascinating!

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    March 26, 2017 at 11:36 am

    What crock pot do you recommend? The one you had recommended has very bad ratings, majority says the handles break off.
    And can i cook broth on the warm setting? Mine is boiling after several hours on low.

    I just made a batch of bone broth, woke up this AM and my crock pot apparently blew a fuse before midnight, so i was off for over 7 hours!! And it was fully cooked, ready to stick in the fridge!! 🙁
    It was boiling so i imagine it got too hot, I’ve only used this crock pot 3 times or so. And it is a “Crock Pot”

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    Kerry Smith
    March 21, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I have been fighting cancer for over a year. Ctca told me to eat bone broth and take supplements. I am in remission from stage 4 bladder cancer. Beef bone broth is great.

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      April 7, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      I am just seeing this. I hope you remain well, and please live a long and happy life.

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    February 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I have a question…does it matter if the bones are raw? We cooked a duck and after removing the meat I put the bones in the crockpot. Will they still yield the same health benefits?

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      D. Nagle
      April 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm


      Its common in bone broth recipes to roast the bones before putting them in the pot. I think this step is suppose to enhance flavor or something. so I don’t see why you couldn’t use bones from a cooked duck.

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    January 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I was wondering why you don’t use any acid to leach the calcium from the bones?

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    Karin Marley
    December 18, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Hi! I was thinking of making chicken noodle soup – cook a whole chicken in the crockpot, remove the cooked chicken then use those same bones and make your bone broth recipe. Will that still work? Will I still be getting the benefits and flavor from the bones even though they’ve been cooking with the chicken?

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    August 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    What are everyone’s thoughts on reusing the bones or using the veggies in mesh bag after?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 15, 2016 at 7:33 am

      I’ll sometimes eat the veggies, but depends on how mushy they become! Wouldn’t advocate re-using the bones since most of their benefits will be depleted by that point.

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        Becky Mueller
        January 13, 2017 at 10:13 am

        I’m definitely making tonight. Will be cozy weekend with the ice storm coming in.

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