I’m sure you’ve already heard about the amazing health benefits of bone broth. We love the ease of making crockpot bone broth. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, here are some of the details supporting why you should be making and drinking this broth:
- Bones house a variety of powerful nutrients that become released when they are slowly simmered in water for several hours;
- Bone marrow helps provide the raw materials for healthy blood cells and immune development;
- Bone broth provides the nutritional synergy to calm an overactive immune system while supplying the body with raw materials to rebuild stronger and healthier cells; and
- The collagen, gelatin, calcium and other nutrients in bone broth all help with the development of healthy joints, bones, ligaments and tendons as well as hair and skin.
It also tastes yummy, and feels kind of ritualistic. I love a warm beverage in the morning while I sit at my computer and work. And there’s no better way to start your day than with a warm mug full of power nutrients and superfood.
Also, all you do is put everything in your crockpot, and let the magic happen. This one is a no-brainer. Make a batch, and then see how great you start to feel when you drink crockpot bone broth regularly.
Make a batch of crockpot bone broth and enjoy the super health benefits that come along with it. Tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood so we can see, and leave a comment below to let us know what you think.
Crockpot Bone Broth
- (NOTE: You don't need follow this recipe exactly, just use whatever scraps you have on hand or stashed away in the freezer. Below is what we used to make the batch for this post to give you a starting point)
- 2 carrots, - chopped
- 2 celery stalks, - chopped
- 1 medium onion, - chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, - peeled
- 3 lb of beef or chicken bones, (or combination of both. We used the frozen leftover bones from two herb roasted chicken dinners.)
- Small handful of fresh herbs if you have them, (sage, rosemary, oregano, parsley, etc.)
- 2 Tbsp whole peppercorns
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Place the bones in your crockpot. The bones should fill up about 1/2 to 3/4 of the pot.
- Chop up your vegetables and add those plus the herbs and peppercorns to the crockpot. Don't worry about how it looks at this point, you'll be straining everything out before consuming the broth.
- Fill the crockpot with water. Season with salt and add in the 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar.
- Cook on low and cook for 18-48 hours. The longer you let things cook together, the more intense the broth flavor will be.
- Strain the broth through a strainer and cool. A good broth will usually have a layer of fat on the top, and will gelatinize when thoroughly cool. Remove the fat with a spoon and discard. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to a week or freeze to save for later.
I would like to know what role the apple cider vinegar plays in making bone broth and if the broth is just as effective without the vinegar. I have interstitial cystitis and I am worried about the vinegar irritating my bladder. Also how often do you drink bone broth and about how much do you drink at a time?
Good question – the apple cider vinegar helps to pull the nutrients out of the bones and into the broth. It’s great for making the broth more nutrient dense, but it will still turn out great and beneficial without it. You can start slow if you are new to drinking broth, but daily is a great addition to your routine. You might start with just 4 ounces or so for a few days and see how you feel and then gradually bump it up from there. 8-12 ounces per day is what I would do.
This is the first time of my several attempts at making bone broth that the broth had a gel-like consistency and tastes GREAT. I used turkey and chicken bones. After 5 hours on the slow-cook function of the Instant Pot I switched to the manual setting for 2.5 hours (so the broth could cool before bedtime).
We’re so glad to hear it worked so well! Thanks for taking the time to share on Instagram and also come back and leave a review! 🙂
If i cook a whole chicken in the crockpot can i use that broth for the water in the crock pot? Do i put the skin from the chicken in as well as the bones?
Yes you can use that broth but you will want to add more water unless you want a really thick, gel like broth. We put skin, bones and everything in when we make broth :).
I don’t like leaving appliances on overnight, or even 18 hours is really pushing it, so could I cook the bones 12 hours or is that not enough?
12 hours is fine. The longer you cook the bones the better but 12 would work.
I love how easy this sounds! I want to try it out, but I have one question first: do the bones need to be roasted/cooked, or can I use raw? Thanks!
We typically use leftover bones and scraps from cooked chicken, but you can use raw bones. With such a long cooking time, everything will cook and break down into the broth either way. We hope you try it and let us know how it goes!