We are in the THICK of winter right now, and I have been taking some time to work on emptying my freezer. I’ve got bones in the freezer, and this time of year is a great time to make bone broth. It’s so nutritious—a good source of zinc, vitamins A & K, and more. It is also super healthy for digestion, and may help with both inflammation and leaky gut. Some people even say it helps with joint pain and sleep trouble!
I just made some bone broth, and wanted to share with you how easy it is.
You can use either beef or lamb bones (without meat on them). You’ll also need a few veggies and some apple cider vinegar.
Make sure you roast the bones first. This whole process makes the house smell not-the-greatest, but I think the broth is delicious. And even if you don’t LOVE it like I do, drink it anyway. It’s good for you.
- 2-4 lbs. broth bones, lamb or beef
- 1-2 carrots, cut into large chunks
- 1-2 ribs celery, cut into large chunks
- 1 small onion, cut into large chunks
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- salt, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Place bones on a roasting pan or baking sheet and roast for one hour or until nicely browned.
- Place roasted bones in slow cooker. Add vegetables, vinegar, and 1-2 Tbsp. salt. Fill the slow cooker with water so that bones are covered as much as possible. You can also make your broth in an instant pot, or in a soup pot on your stovetop.
- Cover and cook for 24-48 hours in your slow cooker Alternate methods: simmer for 6-12 hours in a soup pot on stovetop or pressure cook for 2-4 hours in your instant pot.
- Remove the bones and veggies, and strain the broth through a sieve or cheesecloth.
- Season to taste with salt.
- Pour into glass jars and refrigerate for 3-5 days. Or freeze in freezer-safe containers for later use.
- To serve: heat broth and drink. Add a rosemary sprig to your mug if desired. Or use broth in soup or as cooking liquid for rice and other grains.