Prep 20 mins
Cook 48 hrs
Inexpensive and RICH in minerals. Which is very easy to consume, digest and absorb. Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans which is good for your joints. Do use grass fed cattle, wild caught fish, and pasture raised poultry. This can be drank out of a cup, made into a soup, stews, sauces gravies. Hooves, feet and heads are the most gelatinous portions of the animal. It's Not a store bought broths containing brain-cell-killing MSG and artificial who knows what!
- 2 -3 beef bones, organic grass fed or 2 -3 lbs chicken bones, free range or 2 -3 lbs fish bones
- 2 chicken feet (for extra gelatin (a great addition) (optional)
- 1 onion, no need to peel just quartered
- 2 carrots, rough cut
- 2 stalks celery, rough cut
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, to help extract minerals from the bones
Optional Ingredients for flavor and minerals
- ginseng roots (optional)
- burdock root (optional)
- kombu (optional)
- fresh parsley (optional)
- sea salt (optional)
- black peppercorns (optional)
- green peppercorn (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- bay leaf (optional)
- ginger (optional)
- dried goji berry (optional)
- schisandra chinensis seeds (optional, can be bought on line or in your Asain food stores)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bones on pan and roast for one hour or till browned. Roasting gives rich flavor and debt of color.
- Place roasted bones, remaining ingredients and your optional ingredients in a 6 quart stock pot or crock pot cover with a gallon of filtered water.
- Heat the broth slowly and once the boil begins, reduce heat to its lowest point, so the broth just barely simmers.
- The first few hours of simmering, you’ll need to skim the impurities that float to the surface with a fine-mesh skimmer. Discard. I find that Grass-fed and healthy animals does produce much less of scum as conventional animals.
- Do not allow the broth to come to a fast boil, and if more water is needed to keep the bones covered, add only hot water, not cold or lukewarm. The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add fresh herbs like parsley. This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.
- Beef broth/stock: 48-72 hours.
- Poultry broth/stock: 24 hours.
- Fish broth: 8 hours.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Strain using a strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetable. When cool enough, store in a gallon size glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days, Freeze for later use or can in pressure canner for up to a year.
- Grass fed broth doesn`t need to have the fat removed that would be your choice. But I would removed the fat from grain fed broths. Just chill the strained broth and when fat comes to top it will harden then just remove with spoon.
- FYI:You can add water and vinegar to the cooked bones and re-simmer for another 48-72 hours. ;) The bones are very generous. So generous that you can reuse bones for at least six times. Once the bones disintegrate and gave it their all. Start with fresh bones.
- Good Information:.
- Benefits of bone broth http://www.bonebroth.com/articles/1-benefits-of-bone-broth.
I've made this twice now, once with beef bones and once with chicken bones. For the beef bones, I did roast and add vinegar and made it in my crockpot on low for 48 hours. It had a nice rich flavor and made my husband and kids drank it when we started to feel the onset of flu symptoms. Amazingly, none of us were sick more than a day and I partially attribute it to the broth. When I made with chicken bones, I was feeling lazy so I didn't roast them first and I thought it still came out pretty good. Very easy when you use the crockpot.
I made this using short ribs because I didn't know what else to do with them. The first day I was skeptical but by the time 72 hours were up it was delicious. I used this for a cabbage ground beef soup and it was so good. I am now making a second batch using soup bones I am sure it will be equally delicious. I could drink this that is how good I think it is.
Fantastic and very clear directions. Thanks for posting!