By now, you’ve probably heard all of the hype surrounding the health benefits of bone broth and we’re here to tell you that yes, indeed, bone broth really is all it’s cracked up to be. It’s full of amino acids, healthy fats, collagen and gelatin. These nutrients can help nourish your gut, stabilize blood sugar and promote healthy hair and skin. (More details on the health benefits right here.)
The longer it simmers, the better it will be, since all of the nutrients locked up in the bones need time to release into the broth. And don’t skip the small amount of vinegar — it provides a touch of acid to help bring out the minerals in the bones.
So how do you consume this so-called “health elixir?” Sip it as is, with a touch of salt and fresh herbs, or use it in your everyday cooking. It provides a nutritious boost to soups, stews or grains.
Easy Homemade Bone Broth Recipe
Serves: Approximately 12 cups
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12-24 hours
5 pounds mixed bones (poultry, beef or both)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 onion, halved
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
1 stalk of celery roughly chopped
Fresh herbs, optional
- Add the bones, vinegar, and vegetables to a large stockpot with a tight-fitting lid. Fill the pot with water until it covers the bones by 2 to 3 inches. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a very low simmer. Let the broth simmer covered for 12 to 24 hours. The longer the broth simmers, the more nutrients will be extracted from the bones. Ideally, the bones should be soft and crumble easily when they are done.
- Let the broth cool and then strain the bones through a fine mesh sieve into mason jars. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for several months.
Besides from using the leftover bone scraps from your Sunday roast chicken, head on over to your local farmers market or butcher to source locally raised grass-fed beef and pasture-raised poultry bones. As with meat, you want to be sure the bones you’re buying come from healthy animals that were grass-fed or pasture-raised, since this will provide for the healthiest, richest bone broth.