Easy Bone Broth

easy bone broth in the crockpot or pressure cooker

You never have to buy stock or broth at the store again! That’s right, no more unidentifiable liquids in a box on a shelf for a year going into your food. Yuck. Instead, you get to use this easy bone broth recipe as the base for all your recipes, to heal your body or to gift to sick people. Yes, a gift to sick people. One of my favorite memories was making large batches of bone broth and chicken liver pate and delivering it to the hospital. Our friend’s child was fighting cancer, and we helped kick its ass.

There is no right or wrong method for making broth, but there are a couple of notes I want to help you with for this easy bone broth.

  • You can make bone broth with either raw meat and bones, roasted, or a mixture of both
  • If you are cooking this broth in the pressure cooker, roasting the bones will not add any flavor since the pressure cooker reaches temperatures high enough to create the Maillard reaction.
  • Your house will smell better if you use an Instapot, the slow cooker fills your whole house with broth smell

Easy Bone Broth in the Instapot

So why do I recommend the instapot? Well simply because it does everything. Yes, everything. It has replaced my slow cooker, rice cooker and steamer all at once.

Now there are still lots of awesome uses for a slow cooker. Like my shredded buffalo chicken with only three ingredients. In case you haven’t seen it, I also created a full guide on everything slow cookers.

The primary reason I recommend creating this easy bone broth in the instapot is time. I recommend cooking it for 2 hours to get the maximum amount of nutrients and flavor from the bones but 1 hour would work too.

Easy Bone Broth in the Slow Cooker

Warning – your whole house will smell like broth and if your significant other does not enjoy that smell, use the instapot.

I love my slow cooker and still use it occasionally to make this easy bone broth. My only problem is when I need bone broth it’s typically in a rush and I would rather cook it in 2 hours than in 12 or 24.

I have been unable to find any scientific research on which method is better. As far as I am concerned, if you are drinking any broth you make at home, you are winning. Keep up the great work and get healthy!

Easy Bone Broth (Slow Cooker)
 
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Serves: 8 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds chicken parts (backs, necks, bones, carcasses)
  • 1 large yellow onion, trimmed and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, cleaned and chopped into 3 inch segments
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (½ lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Water (different for different methods)
Instructions
  1. Place your meat in the bottom of your slow cooker
  2. Add your onion and carrots all around your meaty bones
  3. Add 2 bay leaves, lemon juice and sprinkle salt over your ingredients
  4. Fill your slow cooker with water to within 1-2 inches of the top
  5. Place the lid on and cook on low for 12-24 hours (the longer the better)
  6. When done, strain through a big mesh strainer and store
  7. Bone broth stays fresh in the fridge for 3 days or can be frozen for up to a year
  8. (See the notes for freezing)
Notes
For freezing, you should freeze individually in silicon molds and then transfer to an airtight container for easy access. We use these molds and these molds.

Here is the Instapot Method
Easy Bone Broth
 
Author:
Serves: 8 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds chicken parts (backs, necks, bones, carcasses)
  • 1 large yellow onion, trimmed and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, cleaned and chopped into 3 inch segments
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (½ lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Water (different for different methods)
Instructions
  1. Place your meat in the bottom of your instapot
  2. Add your onion and carrots all around your meaty bones
  3. Add 2 bay leaves, lemon juice and sprinkle salt over your ingredients
  4. Fill your instapot with water to ⅔ of the container (no more than ⅔)
  5. Place the lid on, lock it in place and close the release
  6. Set your instapot on high for 2 hours for the best flavor and once complete let the pressure release naturally
  7. When done, strain through a big mesh strainer and store
  8. Bone broth stays fresh in the fridge for 3 days or can be frozen for up to a year
  9. (See the notes for freezing)
Notes
For freezing, you should freeze individually in silicon molds and then transfer to an airtight container for easy access. We use these molds and these molds

 

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3 Comments

  1. can i use frozen beef marrow bones and frozen beef soup bones i bought from the market? also do i need to roast them first? It doesn’t say if they are cooked or not.

  2. now this is one fine recipe for broth. you’ve got me looking into this instapot thing. i like the silicon mold thing as well. i ususally just save my honey jars and use them.

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