I know what you’re thinking… (because my friends say this to me all the time) HOMEMADE BONE BROTH, ARE YOU CRAZY? And while yes, I might be crazy, but it’s not because I make my own bone broth!
OK y’all, if you have found your way to this post you probably know how healthy bone broth is! It is FULL of amino acids and collagen so it’s not only good for your gut (where your immunity comes from!) but it’s also great for your joints, skin, hair, nails, really everything in your body!
You can buy bone broth from the store, but it’s so darn easy to make at home so why not save a few dollars and make it yourself?! I use my Instant Pot for this recipe but you can also use a stock pot on the stove! (it’s just WAY faster in an instant pot!) If you’re going to use the stock pot method, be prepared to simmer your broth for 48 hours… HOWEVER, the instant pot makes healthy and delicious bone broth in 2 hours! 🙂
OK enough about my love for my instant pot…. lets get to the point!
So bone broth can be made with any type of bones really. I make mine with chicken bones, but “they” say that the best type is big oxtail bones or any big beef bones you can get from your butcher. If you do use big beef bones, you will need to roast them first at 350 for an hour!
I like to make it easier on myself. SO I buy an ORGANIC rotisserie chicken and pull the meat off for another recipe and then put the bones straight into my instant pot! It’s much easier and super cheap since you’re already eating the chicken meat!
Once you have your bones you’ll want to add some veggies and aromatics. For the veggies, I like to use an onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. And don’t worry about peeling them, you will strain the peels off with the bones! Simply cut them in half and toss them in!
For aromatics I use a few different fresh herbs but it’s a total personal preference! I love thyme, sage, and rosemary for mine! OR if your grocery store sells little packs of fresh herbs in the produce section, look for one that says “chicken” or “roasting herbs” and then dump the whole pack in! I also add about a tablespoon of peppercorns and some salt!
This next step is important. You need an acid to help break down those bones so you can get the most collagen into your broth! I prefer a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar but lemon juice (or a whole lemon) would work great too!
Finally, fill to the top with water and turn that baby on for 120 minutes! Once it’s done, let it slow release and then strain out the broth. You can then use it for soup, sip on it, or throw it in the freezer or fridge! Be prepared for some gelatin to form on top, which is a good thing because that means you have a lot of collagen in your broth!
Since bone broth is so great for your immunity, I usually use it for chicken noodle soup if someone is sick and also as a base for all of my other recipes! Check out my paleo creamy vegetable soup for an amazing recipe filled with hidden vegetables!
Bone broth also great to sip on, especially in the morning if you are practicing intermittent fasting! (since it’s yummy but won’t break your fast!)
Tell me, what is your favorite way to eat your bone broth??
- Instant Pot
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken Meat removed
- 1 Onion Cut in half
- 2 Carrots Whole
- 2 Celery stalks
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1 handfull Fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary and sage are my favorites)
- 1 tbsp Black peppercorns
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- Put chicken bones into instant pot followed by the rest of your ingredients
- Fill intstant pot with water to the MAX FILL line
- Seal the lid and set to manual for 120 minutes
- Once complete, allow to self release
- Strain liquid into mason jars or a large tuperwear container