Beef Bone Broth

bonebrothWhat kind of beef bones can you use to make broth? Any bones you can find! If you can get your hands on some meaty joints that have been sawed apart, to expose the marrow, that’s even better.

This is a very basic recipe. It’s nice to have a large quantity of plain broth on hand because you can jazz it up later with different vegetables, spices, and flavors. And don’t underestimate the power of a warm mug of lightly salted broth in the morning. It can change your life.

 

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Beef Bone Broth
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Beef Bone Broth
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Ingredients
  • 3 pounds beef bones
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 10 whole black peppercorns optional
  • 4-5 quarts filtered water
Prep Time -5min
Cook Time -8-10hours
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds beef bones
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 10 whole black peppercorns optional
  • 4-5 quarts filtered water
Prep Time -5min
Cook Time -8-10hours
Instructions
  1. Place beef bones to the slow cooker. Be sure to use a large slow cooker, at least 6 quarts.
  2. Add enough filtered water to cover the bones and fill the container to about 1 inch from the top.
  3. Stir in peppercorns, if using, and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Cook on the LOW setting overnight, about 8-10 hours.
  5. Pour the broth through a mesh strainer to remove any solids. Cover the broth and cool in the refrigerator. When the fat (tallow) on the top cools and solidifies, you can easily lift it off. Save that tallow for cooking fat!
  6. Store your bone broth in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Recipe Notes

Did your broth turn into a jello-like blob in the refrigerator? That's a good thing! It means you extracted the collagen from the bones--that's what causes stock to gel. It's completely natural and it will become fluid once again when it's reheated.

What if your broth did not gel? No problem. It's still great for you.

Want to use the stove instead of a slow cooker? It's the same recipe just use a very large stock pot over low heat, cover with lid, and keep it at a low simmer for 6-7 hours. Do not boil, and stir occasionally. Strain and store as instructed above.

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