If you want to make bone broth but you’re a little overwhelmed with the process, a slow cooker is always an easy way to get started. Here’s a simple recipe that you can make overnight or on a long day.
100% grass-fed organic beef bones are recommended for this recipe. Remember that you will be consuming the nutrients from the bones of an animal, so you want that animal to be healthy.
1 lb of beef stock bones- more if you have a large enough slow cooker
1 lb beef marrow bones (optional)- marrow will provide extra flavor and nutrients, but is not necessary for a good stock
2 carrots cut in half
2 celery stalks cut in half
1 onion cut in half
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sea salt
Filtered water- spring water is great, but do not use distilled
**Note- Ideally, you want your slow cooker 3/4 full, so adjust the amount of bones based on the size of your slow cooker.
1. Roast all bones at 350 for 15 minutes on each side (optional)- roasting enhances the flavor but if you don’t have the time, you can skip this step
2. Place your bones and vegetables in slow cooker and pour water in so it meets just at the top of the bones. You don’t want much extra over them or you’ll lose flavor.
3. Pour in apple cider vinegar and let sit for 30 minutes
4. Turn your slow cooker on low and let it cook for 18 to 24 hours- 12 hours is the shortest amount of time recommended, but there is a chance it won’t gel in that short amount of time.
5. Let the broth cool for 30 minutes and remove the bones. You can actually eat the bone marrow, as it is full of nutrients! In many places it’s served on toast or apple slices, but you can also add it to soups.
6. Strain the broth. You will not be eating any of the vegetables in there, so they can go in the trash with the bones.
7. Evenly distribute the broth in glass mason jars, which hold up well to hot broth. Other class jars may break, so I recommend Kerr brand. Leave about 1″ of space at the top of the jar.
8. Once the broth has cooled enough, store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Extra can be stored in freezer.
You can use broth in soups, and it is also delicious when braising. For health benefits, try incorporating one cup a day into your diet.