How to Make Bone Broth in a Crock Pot
Bone broth is an ancient traditional food that is slowly coming back into vogue. With all the amazing health benefits of bone broth, it’s no wonder why! Making bone broth requires long, slow cooking to extract the maximum amount of minerals and nutrition from the bones. A Crock Pot is the perfect way to make slow-simmered, nutritious bone broth.
- Bones: You can choose whatever bones you like for making bone broth. Popular choices include chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish, turkey, or a variety of other bones. For the richest broth, try to include a mix of bones, such as 2-3 pounds of beef bones, and 1-2 pounds of chicken bones.
- Water: You will need enough water to cover the bones. Add more if needed.
- Optional Ingredients: You can add extra ingredients to enhance the flavor of your broth, such as vegetables, herbs, and spices.
- Place the bones in the Crock Pot, then cover them with the water. For a richer broth, you can also add an acid such as white wine, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice. The acid helps to draw the minerals from the bones.
- If desired, add any optional ingredients. These can include vegetables (such as carrots, celery, and onions), herbs (such as thyme and rosemary), and spices (such as peppercorns, bay leaves, and garlic).
- Set the Crock Pot to the Low setting, and cook for 8-24 hours. The longer it cooks, the richer and more flavorful the broth will be.
- When finished, strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl or pot. Discard the bones.
- Allow the broth to cool to room temperature, then transfer to airtight containers. The broth will last up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator, or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Making bone broth in a Crock Pot is a simple and efficient way to maximize the nutrition of the bones and create a flavorful, nutritious broth. With just a few simple steps, you can enjoy the health benefits of bone broth any time you like!