Bone Broth: The Ultimate MultiVitamin


Homemade Bone Broth

Bone Broth is nothing new, but it is kind of seeing a jump in popularity the last few years. Bone broth is simply a nutritious broth made from the bones of a healthy animal {chicken, beef, pork, or turkey bones} often with some veggies and spices added in to balance out the taste and nutrient profile. Broth by traditional definition though is made from simmering meat, where stock is made from simmering bones. So is ‘bone broth’ accurate? Maybe not, but it rolls off the tongue better, don’t you think?

Why simmer bones for a long period of time? Well for one, it gives a whole new life to your leftover stretches your dollars for many more meals. One chicken carcass from a roasted or rotisserie whole chicken can yield you about a gallon of bone broth for future meals. Soups, rice, beans, gravy or just for sipping, bone broth makes a very flavorful and healthy base for made-from scratch meals. A second reason is the long simmer softens the bones and releases numerous vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as collagen that are so incredibly healing! It is rich, deep, silky and flavorful and often gelatinous or solid when chilled due to the high collagen content. Sign me up for more collagen: the building blocks of healthy skin, nails, hair and anti-aging!


In addition to collagen, bone broth is rich in calcium, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, amino acids such as glutamine, arginine, glycine, proline, Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, folate, riboflavin and more. So’s like a highly available multivitamin! Bone broth has also been shown to help leaky gut issues, decrease inflammation, boost immunity, strengthen bones, muscles and remineralize teeth.
You can buy pre-made bone broth these days, but as always it is much less expensive and typically much healthier to do yourself. You can use a stockpot on the stove, a crockpot or an instant pot. If you aren’t raising your own animals, as most people are not, you can usually buy bones from your local butcher or save up bones in the freezer from those bone-in steaks, rotisseries or ribs you are cooking. Also don’t forget those chicken feet if you can find them, they are full of collagen. Once you have your bones, let’s simmer!

Bone Broth Recipe


chicken, pork, beef, or turkey bones and/or feet, roasted preferred
1 onion, quartered
2 large carrots, rough chopped
2 stalks of celery, rough chopped
1 tbsp whole peppercorns
2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
whole garlic cloves {optional}
bay leaves {optional}

Sharron Campbell
4/3/2019 8:34:05 PM

How long to roast the bones and at what temperature before beginning to simmer?

Cygnet Brown
3/15/2019 4:36:24 PM

I just made bone broth with the last of the turkey that we had at Christmas! We had eaten the meat within a couple of weeks of that day, but finally got around to making the bone broth this week and now that is in the freezer ready to use in soups, gravies, and other dishes that call for poultry stock. I sometimes buy ready to eat rotisserie chicken and use that to make bone stock as well.

3/11/2019 2:53:05 PM

I also use the chicken feet, sans nails and skin. I simmer broth in my large Nesco roaster, however. Roast bones until browned, add vegetables and seasonings and water. Let it simmer for 24-36 hours, remove the solids and can the stock for 25 minutes at 11 pounds of pressure or the amount required at your altitude/in your area. Because I raise my own chickens and beef, I have lots of backs/necks/feet from the chickens that are raised yearly for the freezer, and a steer has a lot of bones. Because my freezer space is at a premium, I can quarts or pints of stock and they sit on the shelf until needed. When refrigerated it becomes "jello", but will quickly melt when heated.

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