Thursday, October 24, 2013

{Simple Homemade Chicken Broth}

I have just recently started making my own chicken bone broth. IT IS AMAZING!!!! It is so easy, inexpensive, taste delicious and is incredibly good for you. It is packed full of nutrients that help heal leaky gut and fight off cold and flu. If you want to learn more about the benefits of bone broth, here is a fantastic article. Health for a Purpose - Benefits of Bone Broth

Simple Homemade Chicken Bone Broth 
Organic is always best when making this but use what you have.

1 whole chicken or other chicken bones
I usually use a whole chicken or 8-10 drumsticks
*You can also use beef bones. Although I have yet to try it. 
1 whole onion, cut in half, skin left on
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
2 whole carrots, cut in thirds
2 celery ribs, cut in thirds
Filtered Water

Extras when I have it on hand:
3 garlic cloves, minced (Optional)
5 bay leaves (optional)
1 sprig of fresh Rosemary (Optional)
1 sprig of fresh Thyme (Optional)

Put in your crock pot the chicken bones, onion, carrots, celery and any of the extras you have on hand.  Add enough filtered water to fill crock pot leaving 2 inches from the top. Then add the apple cider vinegar. Leave at room temperature for one hour. This helps to draw the minerals out of the bones. Then turn on low and cook 12-24 hours.

Once your stock is done, pour contents through a mesh strainer. This will catch all the bits of bone and veggies so you are left with just broth. I store my broth in mason jars in the fridge for 4 days and freezer up to 3 months. If you are going to freeze them in mason jars, make sure to cool the broth completely and leave several inches from the top to allow the broth to expand when frozen.

You can repeat this process until bones are completely disintegrated. If you don't want to repeat the process right away, freeze the bones until you are ready to make more broth.

I add salt and pepper to my broth when I actually use it. When I am making soups, quinoa, broth to drink etc. that is when I will season it further based on the desired tasted for that particular dish. 

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  1. Just to be clear, you do this with literally just the bone, after you eat all the chicken meat? To make a vegetable broth, would you use this same recipe but leave out the bone? And to think, I've been throwing away all those chicken bones! Thanks for the idea and recipe.

  2. Yes, after you eat all the meat you use just the bone. Although, If I have an uncooked chicken I will use that. Then after about 10 hours remove the meat and then let it continue to simmer to finish my broth.

    I would assume if you only want vegetable broth to do the same thing without the bones. The only thing is you won't get all the nutrient benefits of the bones.

    I know, I cringe at the thought of all the broth I could have made. My goal is to start making it and pressure canning it to add to my food storage.


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