Bone Broth 101 – Part 2: How To Perfectly Make It, Store It and Use It

How To Make Bone Broth

Last week I shared with you the amazing health and beauty benefits of the bone broth, and this week it’s time to show you how I make it. You’ll see how amazingly easy it is!

In addition to the actual recipe, I’ll also give you some tips on where to find bones for your bone broth, as well as some tricks to make it taste even better. If you keep reading, you’ll also learn the best ways to store it and use it in your everyday life.

If you missed Part 1 of this mini series, you can find it here:

Bone Broth 101 – Part 1: Improve Your Teeth, Skin, Immune System, and More!

You can also watch a video version of  this blogpost if you prefer to just sit back and watch me in action:

So let’s get started.

A super easy recipe for homemade bone broth

A Super Easy Homemade Bone Broth
Recipe Type: Soup, Snack
Author: Vita
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Serves: 4
Any bones will do for this awesome traditional food. If you use fish, go for heads and carcasses. For poultry, use the carcasses of leftover roasts, but it’s even better if you have heads and feet. If you have beef or lamb bones, it’s best if you have knuckles, ribs, hoofs, etc. But really any bones that you have lying around will work.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. (1kg) of bones
  • 1 quart (1 litre) of water (enough to cover the bones completely)
  • 1 medium onion or 2-3 stalks of celery
  • 2-3 medium carrots
  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar (can be replaced with any other natural vinegar)
  • sea salt/ freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves/ some freshly minced ginger or fresh parsley (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all the vegetables and bones in a big pot or a slow cooker. Pour the water over. Add apple cider vinegar. Leave to stand for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Bring to a vigorous boil, then reduce the fire to low, and simmer for ideally 12-24 hours. Aim for around 24h for beef, 12h. for chicken, and around 8 hours for fish.
  3. Once it’s ready, strain it. Scoop out all the bone marrow from inside the bones. Take any meat off the bones. Add them back to the stock if you like, together with the vegetables. Otherwise, simply discard them.
  4. Enjoy!

Where to get bones for the bone broth

You’re going to be extracting a lot of minerals and substances from the bones, so it’s important to have the best quality bones from an animal that’s been as healthy as possible. Try to go for fish caught in the wild, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken.

However, don’t beat yourself up if those options aren’t available or are too expensive. It’s surely better to eat nutritious food that humans are made to eat, even if it’s not organic or grass-fed, rather than try to fill up the gap with junk foods.

Luckily, bones are some of the cheapest (sometimes even free) items you can get. These are the best places to source them from:

  • The best and most frugal way is to simply save the leftovers when you roast a whole chicken or thighs, duck, goose or turkey. Do the same with cattle bones and fish.
  • Ask your local butcher, especially those who butcher whole animals.
  • Ask your local farmers.

When can I make bone broth if I’m always working?

I get this question asked more or less every time I mention bone broth to those who are taking calcium supplements. It’s honestly not an issue at all. You don’t need to do anything to it – it cooks all by itself. It’s probably the easiest recipe in the world.

As soon as you get home from work, put it on fire and leave it on all night long. Honestly, the fire is going to be so low that there is no chance it’s going to run over – it’s perfectly safe to leave it on. By the time you wake up in the morning, your bone broth will be ready.

By the way, be prepared for an amazing smell all over your house when you wake up. It just smells like home. Like your happy careless childhood days.

So if you’re currently buying calcium supplements or are contemplating it, please look into making some bone broth. It’s really so much better for you!

Additional tips to make your bone broth taste as good as possible

  1. If you roast the bones before boiling, they will have much more flavour. Simply chuck in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F (or 175°C).
  2. Bones of bigger animals, such as beef or lamb, need to be sawed open. However, poultry and fish can remain whole. That’s because the more surface is exposed to the boiling water and vinegar, the more minerals get released into the broth.
  3. If you’re sick, drink bone broth until you start feeling better. It’s so easy to digest that your body will be able to use all its energy in fighting the infection and recovery.
  4. You might see a sort of “skin” at the top of the broth once it’s ready, don’t be tempted to remove it. It’s full of sulphur and beneficial fats. Just stir it back it and enjoy!
  5. A good bone broth will jellify when refrigerated. That’s because of the gelatin content. Don’t worry, it will become liquid again once you warm it up. If your bone broth doesn’t jellify, it’s probably because there was too much water – simply use less next time. It’s also more difficult to achieve the jelly-like texture with poultry and fish bones-

Bone Broth Recipe

How to store the bone broth

You can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. I also know people who make it in a slow cooker and leave it on all the time – like a perpetual soup, always ready!

If you prefer to cook in bulk and then freeze it, you can keep it for around 6 months. Just take it out of the freezer the night before, and it will be ready by the next day.

Another awesome way to store it is to pop it in the ice cube tray, wait till it’s frozen, then drop all your DIY stock cubes in a freezing bag. And voila!  You have your own homemade stock cubes. You can enhance your soups, stews and sauces whenever you want.

Best ways to use the bone broth

  • It can be used as liquid to make soups, stews, sauces, etc. Just like the conventional store-bought stock cubes.
  • Did you know that you could also perfectly replace oil with bone broth when sautéing vegetables?
  • Finally, my favourite way to consume it: drink it as a warm snack in between meals or as a first course in a meal. It’s especially wonderful on cold winter days. It really soothes your body, mind and soul.

I drink 1-2 cups of bone broth every day. That’s because I’m trying to heal my teeth. However, a cup would be enough for most people.

You see? I told you it was incredibly easy! Delicious, too! So once you give it a try, let me know what you think. Or are you already a die-hard fan of bone broth? Let me know in the comments.

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Comments

  1. You know I love bone broth posts! Love your tips! 🙂 Especially love how you explain about not removing the “skin” on the top. I know when I first started making the stuff I always thought that was the part I should get rid of.

  2. I know right?! My dad used to make bone broth turkey soup (after every Thanksgiving) when I was a kid and I was totally disgusted by how it gelled when it was cold. haha. I now appreciate his cooking.

  3. Hi Vita

    I hope you’re feeling better.

    I have weak teeth too. In fact I was making Chicken Bone Broth regularly until recently. At the time I just didn’t notice much difference and didn’t see the point of continuing. A month or so later my teeth are weaker. Fortunately I’m taking a Cod Liver Oil supplement long-term and its helping a bit, but I intend to make some Chicken Bone Broth tomorrow when the carcass is defrosted.

    I’m wondering if Chicken Bone Broth made a discernible difference to your teeth issues? I’m hoping it will for me, but a always I can appreciate YMWV.

    Are other bone broths better for tooth health, or is chicken OK?

    I have plenty of vegetables, fish and chicken in my diet. Would I be better suited to make/buy a Beef Bone Broth?

    Many thanks.

    • Hello Pete, my teeth have been very strong for the last few years. Those issues with soft teeth and cavities seem to be so distant now. I made a video in the past where I shared everything that helped me stop my tooth decay and stabilise my gum recession. Here it is: https://youtu.be/S39nFJeC6HY. I used to get at least one cavity every year. And now I’ve gone for nearly years without any and my teeth are feeling stronger than ever. I wouldn’t say that I ever noticed any difference in my teeth from any bone broth. It is delicious though. Chicken version is just as good as beef. <3

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