Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bone broth - liquid gold fountain of youth

I recently posted a picture on our Facebook page of a large pot of bone broth and received lots of questions.   Here are a few answers.

Bone broth is a nutrient, mineral and collagen rich broth that has a long list of health and beauty benefits.  To name a few - it aids in joint health, digestion,  building the immune system and is great for hair, skin and nails.  A cup a day in cooking or just to sip warm out of a mug is recommended.

Bone broth with rosemary and pink salt

Here is how I make mine.  (Note: you can use any kind of roasted bones for this broth.  I've tried it with beef, lamb and turkey as well)


  • Roasted chicken (bones must be roasted for optimum benefits and taste)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Veggies (I use onions, carrots, celery, and garlic)
  • Bay leaves
  • Pepper corns
  • Salt
  • Chicken feet (cleaned, skinned and declawed, this is optional but they significantly increase the collagen)

  1. Roast a chicken for 75min at 350°F with salt/ pepper and whatever else we want to spice it with for dinner (last night I used it for onion chicken). 
  2. Pull off all the meat for dinner and put the bones in a large pot. Cover with cold water and 2 Tbls of apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 20 min. 
  3. While waiting prepare the veggies (I use onions, carrots, celery, and garlic). 
  4. Add veggies and throw in some bay leaves, pepper corns and salt. 
  5. If you also have the cleaned chicken feet throw them in there too (I know it sounds weird but the collagen boost is worth it!!). 
  6. Fill the pot with cool water and simmer on low for 12-24 hrs.  *Update* I now only use the crackpot for this recipe as it produces a richer more flavorful broth.  I start it on high for 6 hours and then let it run overnight on low for at least another 10hrs.

Large pot of bone broth that has been simmering for 16hrs 

After the broth is done cooking let cool and strain.  You can freeze, can and refrigerate this broth.  Consume one cup a day in cooking or just sip warm out of a mug.  Flavor with herbs, spices and salt/pepper when sipping it or using it in cooking.

Cheers to yummy health!


  1. I have issues with my broth tasting watery and I always have to add bouillon. I am just so used to the canned crap that the real deal isn't filled with artificial flavors? Help. jcapane16@hotmail.com

    1. Most bouillon has lots of sodium in it. There are a few things you can do to bump up the flavor in your broth. 1) reduce the water you put in while it simmers. 2) Increase the salt and pepper slightly to bring out the true broth flavors. 3) Add other spices and herbs during the last few hours of simmering (I add turmeric, allspice, thyme, paprika) If you add them in the beginning it will become bitter.

  2. How much broth do you actually end up with? Is it ok if there is a little meat left on the bones?

  3. I'd like the answer to this too?