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Slow Cooker Bone Broth

You might have heard of the wonderfully healthful benefits to drinking bone broth. Here’s a few that I’ve recently seen :: glowing skin, appetite suppressant, collagen replacer, mineral booster. While those may or may not be true, my “budget friendly” mind has been making my own bone broth (aka chicken stock or beef stock) for quite some time and I love it! It’s inexpensive, filled with nothing but the best ingredients, and tastes better than anything out there–hands down.

When you make your own recipes at home, you control the quality of ingredients, as well as the amount of salt, fat and sugar. Plus, how easy is it to throw leftover bones, extra veggies and a few fresh herbs into a pot with water, set it and forget it?

Here’s my recipe for homemade bone broth ::

HOMEMADE BONE/CHICKEN/BEEF BROTH

Makes about 3 Quarts

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef bones or leftover chicken carcasses
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed/peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Toss everything into the slow cooker and fill up with water until just about full.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 to 24 hours.
  3. When it’s done, spoon and discard (or save) any excess fat from the top, then strain the stock and discard the bones and veggies/herbs.
  4. Pour 1- or 2-cup portions into zip bags, and place in freezer for longer storage times.

So, the next time you’re cooking up something that’s got some bones, toss the bones into a zip type bag and freeze them until you’ve got enough to throw in the slow cooker for a full batch.

TIP**Pour your broth into a silicone muffin mold, freeze, then pop out of molds. Place into a zip bag and back into the freezer for perfectly portioned broths that you can toss into soups, stews or sauces. Or drink a cup of warmed broth in the morning like I do. I’m not sure it’s the fountain of youth but it sure does fill me up and taste so good on a freezing cold morning. ;)

If you want MORE Slow Cooker Recipes, check out my Slow Cooker Movement guide here.

Have you ever tried making your own stock in the slow cooker? Let me know by posting in the comments below! 

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