Bone broth is a nourishing food that can be easily made at home using leftover bones and vegetables. It’s packed with collagen, minerals and other health benefits. This post will provide a step-by-step guide to making bone broth using a slow cooker.
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- Chicken bones (wings, carcass, etc.)
- Vegetable scraps (carrots, celery, onion, garlic)
- Fresh or dried herbs (thyme, rosemary, parsley)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Gather chicken bones and place in slow cooker. Bones from one roasted chicken or 2 pounds of wings would work well.
- Chop and add vegetables like carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Any veggie scraps will work.
- Add fresh or dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary and parsley. Bay leaves provide excellent flavor.
- Pour in enough water to cover bones, about 3 quarts. Add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar.
- Season with salt and pepper and any other desired seasonings.
- Cook on low setting for 24-48 hours. The longer it cooks, the more collagen will be extracted from the bones.
- Remove bones and strain liquid. Let broth cool and then refrigerate.
- Once chilled, an insulating layer of fat will rise to the top. Scoop this off and reserve for cooking.
- Enjoy broth immediately or store for later use in soups, stews and more. It will gel up when chilled due to the high collagen content.
Making bone broth at home is frugal, easy and versatile. You can use leftovers that would otherwise be discarded. Simmering bones for a long time extracts health-boosting collagen. This nourishing broth can be used as a base for soups, sauces and more. Give it a try today!