Homemade Slow Cooker Bone Broth

Earlier in the year, Heidi shared with us the benefits of homemade bone broth and lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of it due to the wonderful stomach healing properties and nutrients it gives in just a cup full. With only a cup a day for lunch or as a snack, you and your toddler will be packing in the nutrients to make sure your digestive and immune system are working as best they can.

While I’ve made chicken and beef stock, I’ve been testing different recipes for taste but also to get the broth to gel as I’ve read that if it gels, you are pulling more of the nutrients and gelatin from the bones which can help heal a leaky gut, help relieve joint and muscle pain, can reduce inflammation and promotes strong healthy bones. Don’t panic if your broth doesn’t gel though, it is still full of wonderful minerals and nutrients.

With homemade bone broths, the taste can be a bit of an acquired taste but with added spices and vegetables, the broth can be delicious and comforting. The bone broth can be enjoyed on it’s own (currently how I like it) or added to recipes calling for stock or water. The homemade bone broth will add a delicious flavor and some added vitamins and minerals to your dishes.Finished Homemade Bone Broth

Homemade Bone Broth

-4 pounds grass fed beef knuckle bones & bone marrow

-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

-1 onion, roughly chopped

-4 stalks celery, roughly chopped

-5 small carrots, roughly chopped

-2 bay leaves

-1 teaspoon salt

-1 teaspoon pepper

-3 garlic cloves, smashed

-8-9 cups filtered water (enough to cover bones)

*The apple cider vinegar may sound weird but it helps break down the beef bones and pull more minerals and collagen from them. This was a key factor in getting my broth to gel.

Add all stock ingredients to slow cooker and cover with water. Leave about an inch from the top of the slow cooker. Cook on low for up to 24 hours but no less than 8. The longer it goes, the more rich in flavor the broth will get. Strain the vegetables out of the broth and cool in the fridge. Once cool, the layer of fat will be solidified and you can skim the fat off the top. Store in the fridge up to a week or freeze individual portions for later. I like to add some of the veggies from the stock back into my cup of broth for a little added substance. Chilled Homemade Beef Broth

Have you ever made homemade bone broth? It’s so delicious and super simple to make. If you don’t have beef bones, feel free to sub the beef for chicken bones or feet. You can also add random vegetables that you have hanging out in the fridge. I usually make my chicken stock with leftover carrots, celery and broccoli stems.

Stay healthy,

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