Homemade DIY beef bone broth recipe
This easy DIY beef bone broth recipe is so delicious, you won’t want to go back to regular broth. It is also incredibly good for you and is packed full of minerals and nutrients, and the best part is you can customize it to include different bones and vegetables depending on your preferences. Keep reading to learn how to make an easy homemade bone broth!
What Is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a broth made from simmering animal bones over several hours. Most bone broths are made from either chicken or beef bones, though I have used ham bones as well. You can also make a broth with a combination of different types of bones if you are making a sipping broth. I tend to stick with one type because I like to use my broth as a soup base and want a specific flavor.
The great thing about bone broth is that it is entirely customizable to your tastes and can be made entirely of leftover scraps so there is no waste. I always make a bone broth after cooking a whole chicken or turkey, bone in roast, ham, etc. when I have bones leftover. Then I use that broth to make an extra nutritious soup!
You know how chicken soup is known as an age old remedy for colds?
That came from a time when all soup was made with a traditional bone broth so chicken soup actually would make you feel better. Nowadays most store bought broth or soup is just flavored and not derived from the actual bones of the animal, so though it may be tasty, it’s not giving you the real benefits that bone broth provides.
What Are The Benefits Of Bone Broth?
So why is bone broth so good for you?
Medical News Today does a great job explaining some of the basic benefits:
1. It’s very nutrient dense
Bones are packed full of vitamins and minerals and when they are simmered over several hours, those nutrients are released into the broth. Some of these nutrients include
- vitamins A and K
- fatty acids
bones also contain significant amounts of collagen (hello great skin benefits!) which turns into gelatin in the cooking process, which is what makes the broth gel when it cools.
2. It’s great for your gut
Bone broth is also full of healing amino acids, particularly one called glutamine, which helps aid digestion. Amino acids are especially great for an irritated and inflamed gut. Gut health is a lot more important than many people realize because many huge issues can stem from an unhealthy gut including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune conditions, even depression.
3. It can help you sleep
The amino acids in bone broth can also promote better sleep in some people. A particular amino acid called glycine is supposedly responsible for this. Simply drinking bone broth with dinner can help provide glycine and help you get those much needed ZZZs.
4. It can help promote weight loss by making you feel full
Bone broth is particularly high in protein so it doesn’t take much to fill you up. With its rich protein content and nutrient density, it’s a healthy supplement to help curb an excessive appetite. It can be sipped throughout the day or made into a soup. I know that one bowl of soup made with a bone broth is enough to make me feel completely stuffed.
Here is a video that gives a few other ideas on how you can use bone broth.
Easy Beef Bone Broth Recipe
Bone broth doesn’t necessarily need a specific recipe, it’s more of a “throw in whatever you want” kind of thing. The only thing you really need to make sure you have every time is bones, water, veggies and a bit of vinegar to help pull the nutrients out of the bones. You can also throw in some herbs if there are specific ones you really love or for some extra immune boosting qualities.
What You Will Need:
Animal bones (this can be any kind of leftover bones like a chicken or turkey carcass, or you can even buy beef marrow bones from the grocery store if you don’t have any)
Vegetables (again, these can be any scrap vegetables you have in your fridge that are going bad soon, though I recommend including some with significant flavor like onions, garlic, celery, carrots, etc.)
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper, other spices and herbs (optional)
1. If you are using raw bones, it helps to release the flavor by roasting them in the oven. I roast mine at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
2. Once the bones are done roasting, add them to the pot and fill with water then add the vinegar and vegetables and spices/herbs. You only need to do a rough chop of the vegetables, it doesn’t need to be perfect.
3. Bring the water to a boil then bring it down to a simmer and let it simmer for several hours. I always let it simmer at least 8 hours to get as many nutrients as possible but overnight is better, I tend to just get it started in the morning and then let it go until bedtime or until the next morning. Note: sometimes impurities will float to the surface in the first few hours. If you see this, just skim it off the top with a spoon.
This time I used my Ninja multi cooker because it has a stovetop setting. I just brought it to a boil on the high stovetop setting then switched to low to simmer. I LOVE my Ninja multi cooker, I use it for almost everything that my Instant Pot can’t do. You can check it out here.
4. Remove from heat and strain the broth through a fine strainer and let it cool. Once it’s completely cooled you can either freeze it for later or stick it in the fridge for sipping or to use however you want!
How To Make Bone Broth With An Instant Pot
If you’re making broth in an Instant Pot, then after roasting the bones in the oven, add all ingredients to the pot then close the lid. Set the valve to seal and cook at high pressure for 2 hours. Strain and let it cool. Easy!
Don’t want to make your own bone broth?
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making your own bone broth, I highly recommend Kettle & Fire’s organic bone broth. Their broth is very high in gelatin and they use only high quality and organic ingredients. They have tons of different flavors of healthy bone broth, like chipotle beef, coconut curry and mushroom chicken, as well as the traditional plain beef and chicken. They also have several super yummy pre-made soups that include their organic bone broth like creamy tomato, butternut squash, even chili! They’ve also just released some AMAZING Keto soups as well if you follow a Keto diet.