How to Make Your Own Batch of Bone Broth At Home
Bone broth is a superfood that’s garnered major attention in recent years thanks to its potential health benefits and numerous celebrity devotees including Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, and Shailene Woodley. The warm broth's healing qualities are said to include protecting your joints, reducing inflammation, fixing your gut, and even helping you sleep better. Although the jury is out on whether or not those benefits are real, what we know for sure is that it’s packed with important nutrients like iron and fatty acids and makes for a nourishing, cozy drink in the winter months. The best part? It’s delicious and incredibly easy to make at home.
What Exactly Is Bone Broth?
Simply put, it's a liquid that's made from connective tissues and brewed bones from poultry, beef, or pork. It can be consumed on its own or mixed with other ingredients such as celery, carrots, or onions for creating a warm soup.
And What Are The Benefits?
Bone broth is often dubbed a superfood thanks to the numerous advantages it’s believed to hold. On the external side, bone broth fans have said that it gives their skin a radiant glow and strengthens their hair and nails. Internally, they say it can soothe your gut wall, protect precious joints, and help you sleep at night. But some experts indicate that more research is needed to determine whether bone broth’s purported benefits are guaranteed, which is why the best approach, perhaps, is a balanced one. Incorporate bone broth into your diet but don't rely on it as your sole source of necessary nutrients, like protein. If nothing else, it’s a toasty treat on cold days that’s equal parts nourishing and tasty.
How to Make It
Whipping up your own batch of bone broth at home is easier than you think. It’s also more cost-friendly, since pre-made bone broth tends to be on the pricey sideIf you’re in a DIY mood and want something warm and nourishing, follow our guide below to make your own broth using an easy-to-buy rotisserie chicken:
Key Tip: We highly suggest buying certified organic ingredients to ensure that your broth comes from pastured animals and is free from environmental toxins.
1 rotisserie chicken
2 carrots (roughly chopped)
1 yellow onion (quartered)
5 stalks of celery (roughly chopped)
3 garlic cloves (smashed)
12 cups of water
Optional: apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 tsp)
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2. Strip the meat from the carcass and remove the skin as best you can
3. Spread bones and vegetables on a sheet pan and bake until they have a roasted brown color (around 15-20 minutes)
4. Add bones and vegetables to a slow cooker or crock pot with 12 cups of water and leave on low for 24 hours. If you are using a stock pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for ~14 hours (Note: you can add 1 to 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar, which is said to help break down the collagen)
5. Strain out the bones and vegetables and pour broth into ball jars
(Note: if you’re not having your broth right away, allow it to cool before putting in the fridge and leave some empty space on top of the jar to allow for expansion if you choose to freeze it. Bone broth can last in the fridge for about a week but can be frozen for months!)