A Base Bone Broth Recipe for Culinary Riffing

Reader Contribution by Taylor Goggin
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Bone broth ingredients simmering
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Have you ever made your own bone broth before? You know, that clear, protein rich liquid you can make at home that’s loaded with infinite health benefits?

Homemade bone broth is as simple as simmering meat bones in water with select vegetables and herbs of your choice for enhanced flavor. Bone broth made at home tops any broth you buy at the store. Generally, packaged broths contain artificial meat flavors, a lot of sodium, and are loaded with MSG. 

In order to make your own broth purchase grass-fed bones from your local farmers market or perhaps the meat department in a supermarket will have them as well. You can also use bones from an already cooked chicken.

As stated on Dr Axe, simmering the bones causes the ligaments to “release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that ave the power to transform your health”.

Gelatin is a powerhouse for your body, shown to restore strength of the gut lining. The broth seals openings in the gut lining that cause inflammation also known as “leaky gut syndrome”. With the help of gelatin your gut heal those open seal and can function smoothly properly digesting your food without inflammation.

Your gut is also known as your “second brain” when you have a happy gut you have a happier mental state! These gut supportive benefits contribute to a healthy immune system. Consuming bone broth creates a positive rippling effect in your body.

The key here for making bone broth is cooking it low and slow.

Homemade Bone Broth


  • 1 leek
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  •  bones
  • Bay leaf


Chop leek, onion, and bell pepper. Oil a pan and sauté chopped vegetables. Add bones.

When veggies become slightly golden add purified water to completely submerged the mix (almost to the top of the pot). Add bay leaf. Cover and let mixture simmer on low for at least 2 hours.

Readers can follow this recipe to a tee or alter to your culinary preferences. Example of alternations you can feel free to add are carrots, celery, garlic, fresh herbs, and or black pepper. There are hundreds of bone broth recipes out there and this recipe is yours to tailor to your palette.

Store your broth in jars, glass bottles, any type of Tupperware you can have handy and ready to use for recipes! Make sure the broth has cooled completely before pouring it in glass jars. If you have made a large batch, throw half of it in the freezer to have for future dishes.

Bone broth is extremely versatile and can be used in so many ways! After you make your own batch, it can be used as a base for soups, stew, risottos, pasta water, etc. Replacing water for broth as a base for recipes will take your cuisines to the next level in terms of flavor and add a kick of nutrients. 

Easy to digest, nutrient-dense, and rich in flavor. Gather your ingredients and tag us in your bone broth recipes.

Taylor Goggin is tropical gardener in Florida who gained her skills in cooperative agriculture while work-trading with a World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program on the Hawaiian Islands. She now grows papaya, banana, avocado, fig, tomatoes, and medicinal herbs to make into inventive plant-based recipes. Connect with Taylor on Instagram, and read all of her MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.

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