Learn how to make bone broth! I’m showing you how I make this nutritious broth, why it’s good for you, and how to use it.
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If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my weekly Meal Prep Monday segment. One of the things I regularly make is chicken bone broth. I’ve gotten a lot of questions and interest in this from my stories, so I decided to share the recipe today.
I started making bone broth more than a year ago. My son who is now almost 2 had some food sensitivities and eczema when he was a baby. Bone broth is a great first food for any baby, but especially kids with food sensitivities. It can help to heal the gut, it’s good for the immune system and it is good for the skin.
What is bone broth and why is it good for you?
Bone broth can be made from chicken or beef bones. It’s made by simmering the bones in water for 24 hours or more. This releases lots of good things from the bones like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine.
You know how people eat chicken soup when they are sick? It’s not just comforting, it actually helps boost the immune system and help your body heal!
Like I said, I used bone broth as a first food for my son. I would just spoon feed it to him! As he got older, I would add it to his rice or pasta. I also use it when I’m cooking. I definitely think that bone broth played a part in healing my son of his eczema and eventually helping him outgrow all of his food sensitivities.
I’ve gotten into a routine of making bone broth about every other week, so I’ve continued doing it even though my son is better. It’s so good for us and great to have on hand when we get sick!
This article has a lot more information about the nutrition benefits of bone broth if you are wanting to learn more!
How do you make bone broth?
There are many different methods out there, but the basic gist of it is to simmer the bones for 24 hours or more. I like to start with a whole chicken because it adds more flavor to the broth and I end up with some shredded chicken to use in a recipe for dinner. You can also make bone broth using just the bones, skin and other scraps after you cook the chicken in the oven. I’ve included the instructions for this alternate method in the recipe notes.
When making bone broth, I also add vegetables like carrots, celery and onions as well as whole black pepper. This adds extra nutritional benefits to the broth as well as extra flavor.
To get started, I first place the chicken in my crock pot and add water and a splash of lemon juice. I let it sit for an hour before I add the veggies and turn the crock pot on high.
I let it cook for 4-6 hours depending on the size of my chicken. Once the chicken is cooked, I take it out of the pot and remove the meat. The bones and skin go back in the crock pot on low for 24 hours or more to create the bone broth. I save the cooked chicken and shred it to use for dinner!
After the bones simmer for 24 hours or more, I remove all the bones and veggies and toss them. Next, I use a strainer to strain the broth into mason jars. I usually end up with 2 quart-size mason jars full of broth.
Can I Use Leftover Bones instead of a Whole Chicken?
Yes! I often roast my chicken in the oven for dinner and then put all of the bones, leftover skin, veggies and other scraps into the crock pot and fill with water. Then I cook it on low for 24 hours.
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How do you use bone broth?
I use bone broth in any recipes where I would use chicken broth such as soups, pot pie or casseroles. Depending on how much is needed, I might use part bone broth and part regular chicken broth so I don’t use up my bone broth all at once.
You can even drink it plain! Sometimes when I’m sick I’ll drink a cup of it plain and it helps boost my immune system. My kids love to drink it plain, too!
If you need to, you can freeze the bone broth too. An easy way to do this is to pour the broth into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Then, transfer the cubes into a container or plastic bag and keep in the freezer until you need it.