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4 Tips on How to Start Making Your Own Healthy Bone Broth At Home

Most people would love to add healthy bone broth to their diet, but think they might not be able to cook it themselves. Some buy it in delis, others buy it online. Buying it will cost a small fortune for it compared to making it yourself.

So are you ready to get started?  Here are 4 tips on how to start making healthy bone broth at home. 

1-Gather your bones

Either use bones you already have, or source them from your local supermarket or butcher. If your family loves cooked chicken, eat the meat off your rotisserie chicken or roast bird from Sunday dinner. Save the carcass to make bone broth.

For fish bone broth, go to the local fish shop to ask for the skeletons and heads. Don’t worry, you will be straining your bone broth so all that will be left behind will be your yummy broth.

For beef, lamb or pork bones, go to your local butcher, supermarket, or farmer’s market. Ask for a combination of marrow bones and knuckle bones. The marrow bones will offer healthy fats that regulate insulin use and help fight Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Ask the butcher to cut up the long marrow bones into 2 or 3 inch pieces.

Chicken and beef for making healthy bone broth at home

The knuckle bones offer collagen, the main component of gelatin, for your skin, bone and joint health, and make the broth thick and rich.

You can also use the hooves for gelatin, such as calves foot jelly, or the tail, such as oxtail soup. Your choice of bone will depend on what you want to do with your bone broth, drink it, or add it to soups, stews and more.

2-Gather your kitchen equipment

You don’t need a lot of fancy kitchen equipment to make bone broth. The main items you need are:

A large stockpot, such as 6 quarts

A wire mesh sieve for straining the broth

Paper coffee filters for straining the broth

Mason jars and/or plastic containers for storing or freezing your finished broth

A large spoon or ladle

A large measuring cup

A sharp knife for trimming excessive fat from the bones

A kitchen timer to remind you to stir your bone broth every so often and make sure it is not boiling dry

cooking utensils for making healthy bone broth at home

If you have a slow cooker, it is ideal for making bone broth because you can leave your bone broth simmering day and night without having to worry about leaving the gas turned on. Just stir every so often and check the liquid level as you would with your regular stockpot.

3-Choose your acidic agent

In order to get all the minerals out of your bones, you need to use an acidic agent. The best choices are vinegar, and citrus juices. The choice you make will affect the taste somewhat. Good choices include:

    • White vinegar
    • Red wine vinegar
    • White wine vinegar
    • Apple cider vinegar.

apple cider vinegar, red vinegar and white vinegar on the wooden background

Citrus fruit juices include:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange

Apple cider vinegar will leach out the most minerals and add healthy enzymes to your diet.

4-Boil your bone broth

Once you have your bones, equipment and acidic agent, it’s time to boil your bones. Place the bones in the pot and fill the pot with water just high enough to cover the bones. Don’t overfill. Add the acidic agent, bring to a full rolling boil, then lower the flame so the broth will simmer.

Cooking times:

Fish=8 hours

Poultry=12 to 24 hours

Beef, Lamb, Pork, Wild Game=24 to 72 hours

Once your bone broth is cooked, drink as is, or add to any recipe that calls for broth or stock, and see how delicious and healthy it can be.

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