Happy New year to you all! Thanks for reading, this will be my very first post of 2021! Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2021….can you? If you haven’t already heard about bone broth, the fad has been going on for a while. It’s delicious, nutritions, and it uses the whole animal, which is something we love to do here on the ranch.
The quick and dirty on bone broth is simple: bones (from any animal), some veggie scraps, vinegar and seasoning that slowly simmers for multiple hours. It is one of the easiest things to make! And it’s more nutritious and way cheaper than buying the organic chicken broth at the store.
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Uses for Bone Broth
Lots of people make bone broth to just sip, and trust me once you make your own you will want to sip it!
People also use it for:
– rice dishes (instead of water)
– cooking veggies in it
Reap the Benefits
You’ve probably already heard how good it is for you, but what does it actually do? I’ll break it down.
– Gut health, the gelatin and collagen that it forms heals your digestive system and repairs leaky gut. It’s also good for your bones, hair and nails.
– Nutrients & Vitamins that you normally wouldn’t get such as calcium, magnesium potassium phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, vitamin a and k2, and glucosamine.
– Good Fat, that layer on the top of your bone broth is so good for you. Grass-fed animal fat provides your brain with the healthy fats it needs (forget about fish oil..) **LINK**
There are several ways to store bone broth, depending on how fast you are going to consume it:
You can store it in the fridge in a glass container or mason jar for about a week. You’ll notice the fat rise up to the top of the jar, the fat acts as a preserver and will keep the stock under it fresh. You might need a knife to poke a hole through though when you want to use it.
If you aren’t planning on using the broth in the next few days and aren’t comfortable with canning, freezing is a great option. I used to freeze my broth in freezer bags. It was super easy, especially if you don’t have excess mason jars to play around with. I liked it because when I wanted to use on the same day and it was still frozen, I would simply cut the baggie open and slid out the broth into a pot and bring to a boil. Within 10 minutes the broth was thawed. If you do have extra jars, it’s just as easy to fill the jar and pop it in the freezer. Always be sure to fill the jar ¾ of the way full – liquid expands as it freezes so it will break your jar (been there, done that lol). You’ll need to remember to bring it to a thaw before you use it though!
If you like canning, I highly recommended it. Not only does it clear up freezer and fridge spaces, and keep for a long time, but it also is always in a liquid state – ready to be used! You will need to pressure can bone broth as it is not an acidic food.
How to Make Bone Broth
Every time I cook dinner, I will also have a freezer bag on hand to pop my veggie scraps in, especially onions, garlic, carrots and celery! And I always save the bones from any meat we are having!! Chicken carcass, roasts, chicken feet, ribs, etc. and pop those into the freezer as well. I try to make if every couple weeks, as it literally takes 7 minutes of hands-on time to make.
Have you ever made bone broth? I love it! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or comments.
7-Min Instant Pot Bone Broth Recipe
- Instant Pot
- 2 cups veggies scraps or fresh
- 2 lbs grass fed/pasture raised cooked bones (whether it’s one chicken carcass, leftover roast bones or a bunch of ribs)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp oregano, rosemary, thyme
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (they say it helps to pull the nutrients from the bones)
- filtered water
- Add bones and veggies into instant pot
- Fill with filtered water up to the max. level line
- Add in apple cider vinegar, s+p and spices
- Turn on instant pot to the soup/broth setting for a min. of 4 hours
- Allow pressure to naturally release
- Once finished, strain with mesh strainer and store using the methods we talked about
Colleen Dempster says
I love the simplicity of your recipe. I never thought of using essentially what I would throw in the compost. This is a great alternate use of compost scraps in the winter!
I always make chicken bone broth with our chicken carcassas and prefer it over beef bone broth, but I want to start making that too since it really is so good for you.
I tend to skip the vinegar addition because I don’t love the taste, but if it really helps pull the nutrients in then I will try it again.