Ready for a crazy simple bone broth recipe? Bone broth is all the rage now, and with good reason!
Not only is bone broth delicious, low in calories and high in protein, bone broth has tons of health benefits. It helps reduce inflammation, heal the gut, gives you better skin and all sorts of other cool things.
Bone broth is a staple for keto or paleo diets. It also can be a part of the 21 Day Fix diet if you follow plan, and 2 cups of delicious bone broth counts as 1/2 a red container.
You can sip it as a warm and comforting snack, or use the broth as the base of soups or stews like Easy Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Soup Recipe.
How to make crazy simple bone broth.
The cool thing about bone broth is that there is really no right or wrong way to make it. You can throw beef, chicken, or turkey bones in a stock pot, add water, and slow cook all day. You can add veggies and herbs. You can roast the bones before simmering, or not. You can cook on the stove, or use a crockpot.
All you really need are bones and water.
Here is the process I use (with photos!), or just scroll down for the printable recipe.
1 – Throw some bones in a roasting pan.
Here I used beef bones (about 3-4 pounds beef short ribs), but you can use chicken, turkey, pork – whatever. I like to roast them first to bring out the flavor.
2 – Add veggies.
I love to add onions, carrots, garlic, and celery. Use what you have on hand. If I don’t have carrots, that’s cool. All you really need are the bones, so the veggies are just a flavor bonus.
3 – Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add herbs, if desired.
I drizzle the pan with extra virgin olive oil, and add fresh or dried herbs. Again, this is not absolutely necessary, but it adds a depth of flavor. In this batch I used fresh rosemary and basil. Sometimes I’ll use cracked black pepper, and sometimes I’ll toss in whole peppercorns.
4 – Roast at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to an hour.
Remember, roasting is an optional step so if you don’t have an hour for roasting, that’s cool too.
5 – Add bones and veggies to a stock pot or slow cooker. Cover with water.
Toss your bones and veggies in a pot and cover with water. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar if you have some on hand. (It helps extract the good-for-you collagen.) Add water to just cover the bones. If you add too much water for the amount of bones, your broth will be weak.
6 – Simmer for 12 to 24 hours.
I have made bone broth both on the stove and in a slow cooker. I get a rich, gelatinous broth both ways, so it’s really just a matter of your preference. Either way, I try to simmer the broth for 24 hours. If you’re pressed for time, 12 hours is enough.
7 – Let cool, then strain the broth.
Allow the bone broth to cool somewhat. Then strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer
8 – Pour into jars.
Store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, or freeze for up to six months.
- 3-4 pounds bones (beef, chicken, turkey, pork)
- 4 carrots, halved
- 4 stalks celery, halved
- 1 large onion, cut in quarters
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- salt and pepper, to taste
- extra virgin olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- fresh herbs, like parsley, rosemary, basil (optional)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- water to cover
- cheesecloth, for straining
- Put bones and veggies in a roasting pan (or two if needed). Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add fresh herbs if using.
- Roast in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes to an hour. Rearrange bones and veggies in pan once or twice while cooking.
- Add roasted bones and veggies to a stockpot or slow cooker. Add water just to the top of the bones.
- Add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar.
- On stovetop, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 12-24 hours.
- In crockpot, cook on high 3 hours, then low for 9-21 hours.
- When cool, strain broth through cheesecloth-lined strainer. Pour in jars and store in the refrigerator 5-7 days, or freeze for up to 6 months.
Plan a Healthy Life Tip: If you want to incorporate the health benefits of bone broth in your life, create a routine around when you will drink it. I like a warm mug of bone broth as an afternoon pick-me-up. Sometimes I’ll set an alarm on my phone to remind me to choose bone broth, instead of opening the pantry door like a zombie.
PS: If you are craving bone broth and don’t have the ingredients or the desire to make your own, you can always purchase it from the store or online. I’ve bought bone broth from Amazon before. Here are some top rated brands: bone broth on Amazon