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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.

WHAT IS BONE BROTH?

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…

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.

WHY MAKE YOUR OWN BONE 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.

CAN YOU MAKE BONE BROTH IN THE SLOW COOKER?

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.

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How To Make Bone Broth In Your Slow Cooker

Ingredients

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  • 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*

Instructions

  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.

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  • Reply
    Susan Ellman
    May 9, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    I have everything but the apple cider vinegar. Can I substitute fresh lemon juice?

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      May 10, 2020 at 11:21 am

      It should work! Generally you need an acid to extract the collagen from the connective tissue. Any type of vinegar or even wine will do. Pretty sure lemon juice should work but haven’t tried it myself!

  • Reply
    Carolyn Sullivan
    November 17, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for recipe. I made my first batch and it turned out great. It’s cooling now.

  • Reply
    emily
    November 13, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Do you think this is the best way to go about turning a whole chicken into broth?

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I often cook a whole chicken in my slow cooker, will remove the meat, and then simmer everything remaining (drippings and bones) and water to make a broth. Do you think this is the best way to go about turning a whole chicken into broth?

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    Sam Smith
    February 25, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Hi! I’ve made bone broth in my crockpot several times now but I was never sure of the best temperature. Is there is a reason it is better to do on low? I figured putting it on high would just pull out more nutrients more quickly, but I have no science to make this up. Any advice is appreciated!

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    ang
    February 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    we are foodies and i found bones to be my friend, budget and flavor wise years ago . We also like to use smoked neckbones and such to add extra flavor to those old fashioned foods we all love to eat. thanks for the added knowledge of the acid trick.

  • Reply
    Aika
    February 7, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Great post! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Since we don’t have a slow cooker, how long do you think we should cook bone broth using a pressure cooker?

  • Reply
    Alen
    January 25, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Yeah you had me convinced. I should try bone broth too. I hope I can get it done correctly.

  • Reply
    Lynn
    January 1, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I will surely try and make this bone broth using a slow cooker. Thanks for sharing this recipe and tips!

  • Reply
    Heidi Plocher
    December 22, 2018 at 9:02 am

    So, maybe this is a weird question… but at this point in my life, I know longer care – I just need answers 🙂 …. if I’m making this broth in my slow cooker, I do NOT put the lid on and just use the cooker like I would a pot on the stove? Thanks! Looking forward to cooking up a beautiful batch of this today – my first day of vacation after a l-o-n-g semester of teaching. I suppose only teachers rejoice over doing “home-y” things on their vacation time. Merry Christmas, and thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply
    Denmark
    November 29, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Great article! Thank you for sharing this idea on making bone broth using slow cooker.

  • Reply
    Sara
    November 28, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I just mad bone broth from my carcus of the turkey and it was soooo super wonderful! Question, I want to make more. Do I use the raw bones or must they be cooked?

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