I like to tell people “I’m a hippy at heart”. As soon as I heard about the benefits of using bone broth I hit the ground running. I started making it in my crock pot and keeping it on hand in our freezer. THEN I got the instant pot last year and found out it can be made in a mere 2 hours! As soon as anyone in my family feels remotely sick I send them to our freezer stash before getting any meds out.
While I do absolutely believe medicine is helpful too, I love to keep this as a first line of defense. There is even research that suggests it can help people with food allergies, so we chose to give some to our daughter who has a dairy sensitivity, when she was a baby.
Here are a few of the claimed benefits of regularly drinking bone broth:
- Protects Joints
- Good for Gut
- Maintains Healthy Skin
- Supports Immune System Function
- Overcome food intolerances and allergies
- Boosts Detoxification
- Aids Metabolism
- Full of collagen/gelatin, which help form connective tissue and nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health
This broth is also super yummy in recipes like risotto or homemade soups! I’ve used it in this potato soup and it is AMAZING.
- 2 pounds (or more) of bones
- 1 onion, quartered
- 2 carrots, (can cut to fit into instant pot if needed)
- 2 stalks of celery (can cut to fit into instant pot if needed)
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- Optional: 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
- Optional: 1 bunch of parsley or 1 TBSP dried, 1 tablespoon or more of sea salt, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, additional herbs or spices to taste.
- Place all ingredients into your IP then cover with 8 cups of water.
- Place lid on, making sure the valve on top is set to sealing.
- Select manual and set time at 120 minutes or 2 hours.
- Once cooking has finished, strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer.
- Pour into a jar and store for 5 days in the fridge, or freeze any extra!
- You can purchase these silicone muffin sheets to help with easy freezing.
- I keep a gallon bag in my freezer and will fill it with bones from rotisserie chickens or other meats I’ve cooked. Once the bag is full, I then know I have enough for a new batch!
- DO NOT pour broth into a mason jar and place directly into freezer. It will explode. Allow it to come to room temperature before any drastic temperate changes occur.
- Bone Broth can be done on your stove top or in your crock pot as well. Check out these recipes linked.