If you’ve been feeling sluggish or under the weather my prescription for you is this Slow Cooker Bone Broth. It’s loaded with major nutritional value and restorative properties!
For years, I’ve always believed that a steaming bowl of bone broth was the key to staying healthy through the cold winter months. Every year, when the weather starts to turn, I make a couple batches of this Slow Cooker Bone Broth. I store jars of it in my refrigerator and freezer to have ready to combat all the sickness that can come with cold and flu season. It’s packed with so many nutrients it’ll heal even the nastiest cold! It’s just what you need when you’re feeling down to keep your energy up and your immune system strong through winter!
Health Benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broth is a type of broth made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue for an extended period of time. It has several health benefits, including:
- Good source of several essential nutrients, including collagen, amino acids, and minerals.
- The nutrients in bone broth may help to support the immune system and reduce the risk of certain infections.
- High in collagen which may help to improve joint health and reduce inflammation.
- The amino acids in bone broth may help to improve digestion and reduce the risk of digestive problems, such as constipation.
- The amino acid glycine in bone broth may help to improve sleep quality.
Bone Broth in the Slow Cooker
My dear friend Keri gave me this recipe years ago. When made her mineral rich infusion on the stove, it was so savory and satisfying that I wanted to make it time and time again. Of course, the best bone broths are made for 48-72 hours. Not wanting to leave the flame of my stove on for hours unattended, I made the same recipe in my slow cooker. I was so happy when it turned out beautifully! I take grass fed beef bones I get from our farmers market, local butchers or health food store, a little apple cider vinegar to aid in breaking down the cartilage and mix them in my slow cooker with tons of organic vegetables. You can’t imagine how incredible the broth smells as it’s bubbling away for up to 3 days. It gets better and better by the hour.
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If you decide to make one recipe this weekend I hope it’s this one! Leave a comment below to let me know what you think or tag me on social media!
Slow Cooker Bone Broth
- 6 pounds beef bones
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 onions, peeled and quartered
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut in half
- 2 celery stalks, cut in half
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons peppercorns
- 4 stems parsley
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Place the beef bones in the slow cooker, and place the remaining ingredients on top.
- Add enough water to the slow cooker to cover everything.
- Cover, set the slow cooker to low, and cook for 24-72 hours.
- Strain the liquid, place in the refrigerator to cool, remove the solidified fat from the top, and use as desired.
Hi! Can we freeze portions of this after to use another time in soups and such? Any tips there? Thanks!
Absolutely! just make sure it’s cool before you freeze. Then when you’re ready to use it, defrost and it’s ready to go!
You can really use either setting! It cooks for so long that the overall temperature is the same either way! 🙂
The video says to put it on low for 24-72 hours, but the written recipe above says to cook on high for 24-72 hours. Which is it?
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What brands of slow cookers do you use? Every time I start researching I am overwhelmed with the reviews and give up my quest. 🙂
Eek, don’t give your dog cooked bones! They can splinter and pierce their throat and stomach. Read up on the raw diet if you want to give bones to your dog. some dogs can even splinter raw bones.
Do you put your slow cooker on high or low? The video said high, the recipe says low. Should the broth in the slow cooker be at a low boil?
My acupuncturist recommended I make this same type of “bone broth” and drink it each morning for the health benefits. I have to say it was a little hard drinking it down at first, and my family did not like the idea (or smells in the beginning). But you have reminded me that it is very important for my health and recovery from acute/chronic pain and nerve damage. Thanks for your recipe.
This will make about 4 quarts of broth!
How much broth do you typically get from this recipe? I’d probably have to halve it because my cooker is on the small side, so I’m curious how much final product you get with the recipe as it’s written.
I’m also curious about the comment regarding soaking/boiling the bones before using in the final broth! I suppose we could all jog over to nourishingtraditions to see what she says…
I use beef bones for my puppy. I use 2 big beef bone (about 2 pounds total) I get at the grocery store and add 2 cans of vegetable broth to the bones and cook them on the stove for about 1 hour. I check the internal temperature of the bones so they are at least 165 degrees. The puppy loves the bones and I can use the broth for soup. Does anyone else do this?
does it matter what type of beef bones? what would be the cheapest?
This was a good one with which to get on the broth bandwagon! Way to go, Catherine!
Bone broth has so much flavor! I love your slow cooker method, I can’t wait to give it a try!
You could totally use chicken bones instead of beef bones! You’ll want to use raw chicken bones because this cooks for such a long time.
We have been doing chicken broth for a couple of years. We make it once a week and we each drink a cup of the bone broth with our breakfast every weekday morning. We tend to get a 4 pound chicken and do it for 5-8 hours on the stove, I don’t use a chicken that’s already been roasted. The next day, I use the chicken from the broth for either chicken taquitos, shredded in a quesadilla or chicken enchiladas. We’ve also thrown it into a pasta so nothing goes to waste.
I have been intimidated to make bone broth. I think starting with chicken would be easier for my family to utilize. Can you do a chicken in crock pot the same way? Would I use a chix that’s already been roasted? And how long to cook it? I’ll read other comments in case a subscriber answers if Catherine doesn’t get to all my questions. Thanks.
I have a 6.5 quart slow cooker!
The bones needs to be soaked in the water for a few hours to let the blood or anything that isn’t clean released out. Then boil the bones and throw the broth. We don’t want to use the broth from the first batch. After, the Bones should be washed thoroughly. And now it is ready to use it for the bone soup recipe you’ve posted. The bones can be used to make the broth as many times as you would like.. I just wanted to share this with you.
Nope! That does add a little more flavor, so you can do that if you would like, but it isn’t necessary!
do the Beef Bones need to be roasted first?
I’d love to know your process for straining the bone broth when it’s done …