Bone Broth (Slowcooker)
Bone broth is simple to make and one of the most nourishing foods you can add to your diet. I had an old recipe on the blog, but the pictures were terrible as I took them with my iPhone. I’ve been wanting to redo my bone broth recipe post for a while and we finally got around to it! If you haven’t attempted to make bone broth yet then I hope this post persuades you to give it a try!
Enough about the pictures though, the real gold is within this nutrient dense liquid! Always source your bones from pastured, antibiotic and hormone free animals. I use either a chicken carcass, back, neck and feet or beef bones, making sure to include some knuckles and joints as well as bones with marrow. I like getting my bones from Sunworks and Four Whistle Farms for those of you that are local.
Bone broth is loaded with bioavailable minerals, meaning they’re easily absorbed through the intestinal lining of your digestive track. At the end of the cooking process, you’ll notice the bones easily crumble and this is because the nutrients have been leached out of them and into the broth. Think minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and more. Obviously these minerals are great for our own bone health and teeth!
Bone Broth is also great for hair, skin, nails and joints because it contains collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin. That’s right, those pricey supplements for joint health can be avoided by consuming the real thing!
Bone broth is a rockstar for gut health and the collagen specifically helps soothe the intestinal lining. If you’re someone that’s been diagnosed with a digestive issue like leaky gut or food sensitivities and even GERD, bone broth is a great food to incorporate into your diet.
Bone broth contains different amino acids than muscle meats like proline, glycine and glutamine, which actually support the livers detox pathways. It’s important to get a healthy balance of all the amino acids in our diet, but most people these days eat only muscle meats and avoid the organs and bone broths. We then end up missing out on important amino acids and this can lead to an imbalance in the various amino acids and inflammation.
Bone broth is helpful for many conditions including:
- Digestive issues including Leaky gut and GERD.
- Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, etc.
- Skin, nail and hair health
- Allergies and food sensitivities
- Adrenal and hormonal health
- Autoimmune conditions
- Immune function
- Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
I use bone broth in soups, stews, chillies and stir-fries but my favourite way to consume it is in a mug with some Himalayan rock salt.
- 6-8 pieces of beef bones (include knuckles, joint and marrow bones)
- 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 onion
- 1 build of garlic
- 2 celery sticks
- 1 carrot
- Filtered water
- Preheat oven to 350 and roast for 30 minutes. I usually skip this step to speed up the process as I still like the flavour of the broth without the bones being roasted.
- Place bones in a slowcooker and add remaining ingredients. Add water last and top up to cover bones and fill slowcooker.
- Turn on high heat to get liquid simmering then turn to low for 48 hours.
- After 48 hours strain solids from broth and pour broth into glass jars. Let cool on the counter then place in fridge.
- A layer of fat will solidify on top of the broth and you can skim this off and use later for cooking. Store bone broth in the fridge and if not using within a week store in the freezer.