This bone broth recipe is slow, retro, some might even call it vintage. From a time when there was no Instant Pot, at least not in my house. If you have an Instant Pot, stop reading this post right now and go to my Instant Pot Bone Broth recipe. But if you have a crockpot or slow cooker, this recipe is for you, my dear food lover.
Here she is! This is my beast in all her glory. Doesn’t she look like I just dug her out of a bunker? Hey, she might not be sexy and shiny like her granddaughter, Miss Instant Pot, but she’s a reliable workhorse. I’ve had this crockpot for years, and it’s always delivered 100%.
By the way, I just saw this great deal online, in case you’re interested. It’s 6 qts. like mine and pretty basic. Honestly, you don’t need anything fancy when it comes to this appliance.
HOW MAKE YOUR OWN BONE BROTH
Unless your dietary restrictions say otherwise, regular consumption of bone broth can really do wonders for your health (read this post for more information). Of course, you can buy it already made, but nothing beats making your own.
So, what do you need to get started? Well, I’d say bones. Here are the ones I like to use in my broth. I’m very partial to beef marrow because it’s so rich and nutrient-dense, and both my husband and I love that intense umami flavor it delivers. But you can use chicken bones if you prefer, or chicken feet, which contain plenty of collagen and are budget-friendly.
Just make sure the bones you use are either from grass-fed beef or organic free-range chicken. One of the reasons why I insist on making my own bone broth is to have full control over the quality and nature of the ingredients. Especially when I’m detoxing or complying with AIP Paleo for my gut health and autoimmune diseases. For instance, during those times I have to make sure there are no black peppercorns in my broth. Making my own food from scratch becomes even more crucial.
TIP #1: ROAST THE BONES FOR A MILDER BONE BROTH
Roasting the bones beforehand will get rid of a certain gamey flavor that is typical of these beef bones. That funky edge might bother some people, so it’s a good idea to take this extra step. Just preheat your oven at 400F, sprinkle the bones with a little sea salt and pepper. Let them roast for 15 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
SHOPPING LIST FOR YOUR BONE BROTH
- Beef Bone Marrow (or your favorite bones)
- Carrots (leave out if you are following a Ketogenic diet)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Himalayan Salt
- Black Pepper (leave pepper out if you are following AIP)
TIP # 2: DON’T FORGET APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Don’t skip this ingredient! ACV is everything. You need it to extract the calcium and minerals from the bones, so that you can squeeze out every drop of goodness from your broth.
TIP #3: EAT THE GELATIN!
After you refrigerate the jarred bone broth, you’ll notice a gelatinous part solidified on top. I heard that some people scoop it out and throw it away. PLEASE, for the love of all that is healthy, don’t do that! That’s where the collagen is, along with some crucial amino acids. If you heat up the broth and mix it up with a spoon the gelatin will melt into the rest of the liquid. Personally, I don’t throw away anything. I don’t even filter the broth before consuming or storing it. My philosophy is: I paid for all the ingredient, and I’ll get all I can from them, dammit!
WATCH HOW TO MAKE BONE BROTH IN YOUR SLOW COOKER
Making this bone broth might take many hours, but it’s super easy. Prep time is just a few minutes; the real work is up to Father Time in your sloooow cooker. Here is a video where I show you how easy and quick it is to make it whether you are using a crockpot or an Instant Pot.
I cooked my bone broth for 36 hours on low, and when I was finally done it looked like this rich nutrient-dense potion here.
TIP #4: FREEZE YOUR BONE BROTH IN ICE CUBE TRAYS
Before sharing the full recipe, I have one more tip for you. For soups and recipes that require bouillon, you can use your own stock. Just freeze some of your bone broth in ice cube trays and voilà! You have your own homemade bouillon whenever you need it.
Here’s the full recipe to make your own slow cooker bone broth. To your health! 🍵
SLOW COOKER BONE BROTH
- 3.5 lbs Grass-fed Beef Bones Roasted
- 1 Onion Cut in quarters
- 3 cloves Garlic Smashed
- 2 Carrots
- 2 stalks Celery
- 1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper Corns Leave them out for AIP
- 1.5 tbsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 sprigs Rosemary
- 2 sprigs Thyme
- Place roasted bones at the bottom of the Slow Cooker or Crockpot.
- Top bones with the rest of the ingredients.
- Add enough filtered water to cover all the ingredients.
- Place the lid on top. And set the Slow Cooker to “Low”.
- Cook between 24 – 72 hours. I cooked mine for 36 hours.
- Remove the bones and strain the broth into jars. Store broth in the fridge.
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