Why and How to Make Organic Bone Broth
So you enjoyed your delicious oven roasted lemon rosemary chicken. Now what? DO NOT THROW OUT THOSE BONES! They are worth $50! Read on to find out why.
Why is bone broth healthy?
One cup of bone broth on average contains 10 grams of protein, which your body and brain need. Bone broth is packed with the following important nutrients:
- A protein called collagen contains joint-supporting amino acids, such as glucosamine and chondroitin
- Minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron)
- Vitamins (A and K2)
- Essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6)
These nutrients in bone broth can help everything from joint pain to digestion. The collagen in bone broth has been scientifically proven to have anti-aging properties. Another study showed that collagen in combination with resistance training improved body composition.
Why should you make your own bone broth?
Here are three simple reasons to make your own bone broth from the pasture raised chicken you bought from your local farmer:
- You know exactly how and where your chicken was raised. If you read our article on pasture raised chicken you know that grocery store labels are NOT what they say they are.
- You can control what ingredients you add to your bone broth. You can leave out salt altogether. You can add the spices you really love. You know exactly what is in your bone broth.
- You will save money. True organic pasture raised bone broth in the store can cost $15 for 30oz. You can make more than triple that amount of bone broth for your family from the bones of just one 3.5lb chicken. That is a savings of almost $50!
“Every good lady’s maid should know how to make a restorative broth.”Violet Crawley in Downtown Abbey
How to make your own organic bone broth
There are many different ways to make bone broth. You can make it in a slow cooker, an instant pot, and even in your oven. The most important ingredient is 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This draws the nutrients out of the bones. You can add celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and more depending on your preferences. The spices you add are up to you. Do you like lemon and rosemary or maybe ginger and tumeric? The possibilities are endless.
Below are some quick guides for three different cooking methods. An important note is to not let your broth cook too long. The flavor can turn bitter if it cooks too long.
Here are some of the bone broth cooking methods commonly used:
- The Instant Pot Method – Put the chicken bones and any added ingredients in the Instant Pot. Remember to add 1 tbs vinegar. Fill with water to just below the max fill line. Set the instant pot to high pressure and set the time for 1 hour. Utilize the slow release setting at the end of the cook time.
- The Slow Cooker Method – Put the chicken bones and any added ingredients in the Slow Cooker. Remember to add 1 or 2 tbs vinegar. Fill with water. Turn cooker on low. Let it simmer for anywhere from 12 to 20 hours. There are differing opinions about how long to cook. Start checking the look of your broth and tasting your broth at the 12 hour mark.
- The Oven Method – Put the chicken bones and any added ingredients in an oven safe stock pot. Remember to add 1 or 2 tbs vinegar. Fill with water. Turn the oven to 200degrees. Let it cook for anywhere from 12 to 20 hours. There are differing opinions about how long to cook. Start checking the look of your broth and tasting your broth at the 12 hour mark.