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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
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How to Make Veggie Stock from Veggie Scraps


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  • Reply
    October 27, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    This was all looking great, until you mentioned ‘microwave’ ! I’m surprised that someone as savvy as you seem ,with your use of organic produce, would even contemplate a microwave! Surely, you must be aware how the microwave changes the molecular structure of food? Not to mention ‘zapping’ out all of that goodness you have worked so hard to attain! I am still going to try you slow cooker broth recipe though!!

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    June 3, 2018 at 11:50 am

    GMO Free is the most important thing for making this bone broth. You also need to make sure the animals are grass fed and not grain fed, unless it is a special mixture free of corn and soy. Organic is great, but organic does not mean GMO free or grass fed. If you buy from a farmers market and they tell you it is organic, I would be leery. It is very hard to get those certifications.

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    April 4, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Great broth recipe!
    I’m now gonna try to make it before my GF gets home (I’m in the dog house for forgetting our anniversary!!!) This is her favorite so hopefully it will do the trick.
    Keep up the great work!

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    January 28, 2018 at 1:12 am

    So I have an instant pot. I cooked a whole chicken in there and then I deboned the meat. I threw the bones in a crockpot filled with water and set it on low. Is that okay or do I really need to add herbs and veggies? I had a friend tell me this is what she does but all the recipes I am seeing call for veggies and herbs…

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      June 3, 2018 at 11:52 am

      An instant pot should not be used for bone broth. The goal is to cook low and slow to draw all of the minerals, collagen and nutrients from the bones.

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    Katy Leffers
    January 14, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Love your article, as I have been making my own broth for about 30 years by doing the same thing. I found early on that you can make it even more healthy …. After straining the broth, cover and put in the refrigerator for 24 hours and the fat will solidify on the surface. At this point it is super easy to skim the fat off and discard. Then I transfer to containers in preparation for freezing. Works like a charm!

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      June 3, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Yes!! The fat should be removed to get maximum benefits. You can save the fat and use it to cook with instead of using harmful oils like Crisco, vegetable, corn, safflower, etc.

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    January 10, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Really it’s a great information. This is a beautiful and informative article. Thank you for shear a great information.

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    Martin Romerez @TopRatedAnything/Health
    December 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Davida, excellent post. I went ahead made beef bone broth for my wife and kids. Used Costcos organic beef… and oh man is it good. There were some spices I added directly from WholeFoods, I made sure they would bring out the bone broth flavor.

    Good stuff overall = )


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    December 13, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I have a Crock Pot brand which came with a porcelain pot and glass cover. Its worked well for me.

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    October 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I looking for a slow cooker that does not leach lead into bone broth.I see you leave your bone broth cooking for 24 hours and that’s the same amount of time my doctor have recommended to cook it.However I wanted to ask you what brand of slow cooker do you use since most of the ones I have looked use stainless steel which is not recommended for bone broth since the long cook time.The best option I found is a slow cooker vitaclay but it seems the max cook time is 9 hours.I might be wrong but what brand is you slow cooker?

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    October 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    i started my first crockpot of bone broth yesterday. Through the night sometime my crockpot turned off. Will the bone broth still be safe since I will reheat it to consume it? I did turn it back on and am currently cooking it I was almost in tears when I found it. Thanks

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    Siti Maryam
    August 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Yes, that is right, add some apple cider vinegar, to pull the nutrients and flavor from the bones

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    July 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I just love drinking bone broth but I haven’t had the time to make my own. I’m drinking Au Bon Broth and it’s good because it’s tasty like it’s home made and it’s organic. It also helped me with my joint pains.

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