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    How To Make Homemade Bone Broth

    It’s a Prehistoric Recipe that Has Emerged as Today’s Health Food.

    Bone broth is exactly what it sounds like: A broth made from bones, although some contemporary recipes add vegetables for flavor and added nutrients. From a culinary standpoint, it’s the fundamental recipe for a stock that is often used in soups, stews, and gravies. 

    As more and more people looked at the nutritional profile of bone broths, they started to notice certain elements and nutrients that have been shown to have health benefits in other occurrences. Some clinical studies soon followed, and the evidence began to grow indicating that bone broth was in fact a nutritious addition to a diet and had distinctive health benefits.

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    But Buyer Beware

    While there are indications that bone broth can provide good nutritional benefits and contribute to overall health, some of the claims made about it are a bit outlandish. It may relieve some symptoms of osteoarthritis but to date, there are no credible clinical studies that prove it can cure it. 

    That notwithstanding, bone broth does possess an impressive list of nutrients including:

    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Potassium
    • Phosphorous
    • Iodine (fish bones)
    • Glucosamine
    • Chondroitin
    • Collagen 
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin K2
    • Zinc
    • Iron
    • Boron
    • Manganese
    • Selenium
    • Omega-3 fatty acids
    • Omega-6 fatty acids
    • Protein 
    • Amino acids including glutamine, glycine, and arginine 

    That’s quite a list for a simple recipe of water and bones and that doesn’t include any of the vitamins or minerals that would occur if vegetables were added. 

    Cup Of Bone Broth

    So What’s the Benefit?

    Some benefits you may already know. Many of the vitamins and minerals that show up in standard vitamin and mineral supplements occur in bone broth. Things like Vitamin A, calcium, selenium, iron and zinc. 

    It’s some of the unique things like collagen, chondroitin, and some of the amino acids that start to take bone broth to another level. These compounds, micronutrients, and amino acids are resident in the bone, marrow, and connective tissue attached to some bones.

    Many studies have focused on the health benefits of these nutrients and some of the findings were highly encouraging. 

    • According to one study by the National Institute of Health, glucosamine and Chondroitin support overall joint health. 
    • Another NIH study identified the collagen in bone broth as a beneficial nutrient for both bone and joint health. 
    • There are some indications that the glutamine in bone broth can help to protect and heal the lining of the digestive tract. 
    • Bone broth was also shown to be an anti-inflammatory.
    • Significantly, multiple studies demonstrated a decrease in joint pain and the symptoms of osteoarthritis. It’s not a cure, but it was shown to help
    • Finally, studies were done that indicated bone broth had a calming and relaxing benefit that can aid someone suffering from insomnia. 

    None of the studies promised a miracle cure for anything, but given the range of credible evidence for the benefits of bone broth, it’s worth considering as a regular supplement to most diets. 

    The standard caution is that if you have a chronic condition and are under a doctor’s care, you should consult with your doctor first. Here’s the nutritional information for a standard 8-ounce cup of beef bone broth:

    • Calories: 31
    • Protein: 5 grams
    • Fat: 12 grams
    • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
    • Fiber: 0 grams
    • Sugar: 1 gram

    Let’s Make Bone Broth

    Vegetables Boiling

    The recipe is fairly simple and you’ll spend most of the time occasionally peeking at a simmering pot on the stove or crockpot. There are a couple of preliminary steps that are a touch fussy, but overall it’s a very simple recipe. 

    Let’s Start with the Bones

    Beef bones tend to show up as the most popular bone source for bone broth but our ancestors used bones from birds to buffalo to fish. You can too although fish bones are going to give the overall broth a bit of a fishy flavor but their bones are a great source of iodine. 

    It’s all up to you but mixing multiple bones from beef, pork and poultry probably wouldn’t be all that noticeable from a flavor standpoint. 

    You can often buy beef bones from your local butcher. They’re sometimes sold in the meat counter as doggy treats although many markets sell them specifically for broth and call them “soup bones.” You may even find a local butcher who will give you the bones for free, but even if you have to pay for them they’re usually very inexpensive. 

    Anytime you roast a chicken or turkey, save the carcass. Many of us use a turkey carcass for an after Thanksgiving turkey soup but even a Sunday evening roast chicken can make a great bone broth on Monday. 

    There’s also little or no evidence that the bones from any one animal are any better than another when it comes to making bone broth although iodine is unique to fish. Use what you have available and if you like the taste, make it again. 


    Fresh Carrots and Onions

    Vegetable are an option. They’re the standard addition to a stock including carrots and onions. Again, up to you. You can make it straight with just the bones or take it up a notch with some vegetables. 

    Some recipes call for the addition of garlic and some herbs, but be careful with those. You’re going to be simmering your bone broth for hours and hours and over time, things like garlic and herbs can overpower the broth. If you want to add some herbs or garlic, make sure you add them towards the last hour or two of simmering. 

    And Then Just Add Water

    You’ll need at least a couple of gallons but it will reduce as you go. 

    Before You Start…

    There’s a roasting step that’s important before boiling and simmering begins. Roasting the bones and the vegetables (if you’re using them) caramelizes them and gives a rich, brown color to the broth. It’s not critical to the final result but the flavor and the translucent brown color are worth the extra step. 

    Bone Broth Recipe

    Steve Nubie
    Bone broth is exactly what it sounds like: A broth made from bones. Here are step by step instructions on how to make bone broth at home.


    • 4 Pounds Beef soup bones
    • 3 Medium onions (quartered)
    • 6 Medium carrots (chopped)
    • 8-10 Peppercorns
    • 2 TBS Apple cider vinegar You won’t taste it in the finished broth and it helps to draw the nutrients from the bones.
    • Cold water Enough to cover all of the ingredients in the pot with room to spare.


    • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
    • Arrange the bones and vegetables on a roasting pan
    • Roast on the upper rack of the oven for an hour or until the bones and vegetables have a brown, caramelized color on the edges.
    • Drain any fat from the roasting pan.
    • Use some tongs to place the bones and vegetables into a large stock pot.
    • Scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan into the pot. You could also pour a ½ cup of hot water into the pan and scrape it around before pouring into the pot.
    • Add water and the vinegar to the pot covering the bones by at least a couple of inches.
    • Bring the uncovered pot slowly to a boil and skim the scum off the top while it comes to a boil over 30 minutes.
    • Cover the pot and reduce the heat to simmer. You can transfer everything into a crock pot if that’s easier to manage.
    • Simmer on low heat for 6 to 24 hours. The longer the better. Check the pot every now and then and skim any new scum. Add a little water if it starts to boil away. 
    • When done, use a slotted spoon and tongs to remove the bones and vegetables and discard them or make your dog’s day. 
    • Strain the broth through cheesecloth in a colander to clear out any large bits of vegetable or meat bits.
    • If you want a highly translucent broth you can filter the broth again through a coffee filter in a small colander or large strainer. Totally optional.
    Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


    Jars Of Bone Broth

    One thing you may want to do is refrigerate your freshly made bone broth overnight. The next morning you’ll see any fat hardened and floating on the top. Skim it off and either keep your bone broth in the fridge or freeze it for later. This will give you a clear, translucent broth unclouded by fat. 

    You can store your bone broth for up to a week in the refrigerator. If you freeze it the broth will keep for up to 6 months. One way to freeze it is in an ice cube tray. That way you can plop some broth cubes into a soup or stew or microwave them in a coffee cup to the temperature you like.

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      1. Please do not suggest that people give their dogs cooked bones. They are more apt to splinter and or break teeth. They should never have cooked bones.


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