Confused about exactly how to make bone broth? You've heard all the hype, you're sold on this amazingly nutritious food, and you're ready to start nourishing the HECK out of your family...
There's just one problem, you have no idea HOW to make bone broth!
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That was me just a few weeks ago. With a few fairly expensive bones in hand (I have since found a much more cost effective farm to buy my bones from), I set out to make my first batch of bone broth.
Like you I had heard all the wonderful, healing stories about why bone broth is the best thing ever. I had even followed the G.A.P.S. diet for 6 months, though I had never made the bone broth it so fervently recommended.
Why? I was scared.
The idea of messing up $38 worth of food was just not ok with me. I didn't know anyone who had ever made it the way I was hoping to and I was just plain afraid! Especially since we are on such a tight budget.
As I quickly discovered, bone broth is SUPER EASY to make, you just have to know a few tricks...
But, I didn't know that yet, and the broth had to be made or the bones were going to go bad anyway... So I pulled up my big girl panties and got busy researching everything I could about how to make bone broth.
Turns out that there are many different opinions on exactly how to make bone broth. Roast this first, add these spices, cook for this long... My head was spinning.
Finally, I just took a deep breath and plunged forward with all the knowledge I had gained to guide me.
Much to my surprise, my very first batch of bone broth turned out perfectly! It gelled in the fridge (a sign of the perfect broth) and really was delicious.
I have made it several times since with the same results and I wanted to share the steps with you!
Making Bone Broth for Beginners
Turns out, making the perfect bone broth is very simple! You just need to know a few things.
It's All About the Bones
This is the key to getting that perfectly gelled bone broth! So pay attention!
If you skip this step, it is likely that your broth will not gel.
Next, thaw the bones (if they were frozen) and place them on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven on 425° for about an hour. Careful not to burn them, this is just to prime the bones to release all their goodness into the broth.
Boiling the Bones
Once your bones are roasted (I feel like I pirate even just typing that!), place them into a large soup pot. Fill the pot to about 3 inches from the top. Make sure the bones are covered in water.
I add salt, pepper, and garlic to my broth and that's it. About a tablespoon of each.
Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Let it boil for 12-18 hours (whatever you can manage with your schedule), checking it often to make sure the water is not too low.
Add more water if the bones become uncovered.
Tip: When I have to leave the broth overnight, I turn it down to a low simmer and then back up to medium in the morning. Then I let it boil for about another 3-4 hours.
How Do You Know When it's Done?
After 12-18 hours, check your broth, it should be a nice buttery yellow and very cloudy from all the good fats in the broth.
If your broth is to that stage, grab a fine mesh colander, place a bowl underneath the colander, and pour your broth in.
Lift the colander out and you are left with a perfect golden broth!
How to Serve Your Bone Broth
The first time we made this broth, we just had a half cup of warm broth with our meals. Then we started making soups with it.
To do that, just add your broth back to the sauce pan, and add whatever soup fixin's you enjoy.
How to Store Your Bone Broth
We store ours in a large glass container in the fridge if it will be consumed within a week. To reheat from the fridge we just scoop out as much as we need and heat it in a saucepan on the stove.
If it's not going to get eaten right away, simply freeze it for later! I would recommend freezing it in usable portions so you don't have to thaw everything just to use a little.
Don't Have a Local Source for Bones?
If you've looked and looked and can't seem to find a local supplier that has the quality of broth bones that you want, you can actually buy them online! Grass-fed and organic!
Joint bones (beef): Here
Meat bones (beef): Here
or you can get soup bones for Chicken Bone Broth (organic, non-GMO): Here
Everyone has a reason for why they want to make bone broth for their family, I'd love to hear yours! Tell me all about it in the comments!
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