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Bone broth used to intimidate me. How much water do I need? How many onions? How many bones? What kind of bones? Here’s the thing: it really doesn’t matter. When I started making bone broth I followed all of these complicated recipes and it ended up tasting like crap. Simplest is always best and bone broth is one of the easiest things to make. This is my recipe for beef broth.

Ingredients:

3 lbs of beef bones (including marrow bones)
whatever spices you like
water

Yup. Pretty simple huh?

Step 1

Put bones into crockpot (this is the one I use and I love it).

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Step 2

Cover bones with water.

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Step 3

Add any spices you like. I add a lot of Himalayan salt, garlic powder and celery seed.

Step 4

Simmer on low for at least 8 hours or high on 3.

34 responses on “The Easiest Bone Broth Recipe Ever

      1. D'Ann

        Chicken feet make the BEST broth EVER! Just rinse ’em well, throw in pot, cook until they literally fall apart and then use a mesh strainer or regular colander to catch all the solid bits when pouring out of pot. This will be the most amazing chicken broth you’ve ever tasted!

        1. dani stout Post author

          I’ve made chicken broth this way before. Turkey broth is actually my favorite of them all.

  1. Elyssa

    THANK YOU! I’ve been looking and always fall short. I have a recipe from my grandma that she gave me when she was fairly old and frail and it has never turned out – mostly because she didn’t explain how to make the bone broth.

    For my chicken broth, I put it in the oven overnight at 180 degrees F with an onion and some spices, then in the morning I bring it up to a boil and add some tomato paste and fresh carrots and celery, let it simmer another hour. Let cool. Strain it. I enjoy your posts and am marveling at the bacon debate you have created!

  2. Leo

    Never add salt to your stock/broth. Always do that after making, when ready for use. If you end up reducing your stock for a demi-glace, gravy, or pan sauce, it might be too salty.

  3. Peter

    Most recipes for bone broth I have seen and used list apple cider vinegar as an ingredient, as it helps leech the nutrients from the bones. You didn’t use it. Any reason why? Thank you.

    1. dani stout Post author

      I do use it, but it’s not necessary. Apparently people think it’s abosolutely crucial to making bone broth, and it’s not. It DOES help extract some nutrients from the bones, but bone broth is fine without it.

  4. Kaye Neufeld

    Use any bones you want (except human..lol), crock pot, water to cover, any spices you want, and some Bragg’s apple cider vinegar to extract good stuff from the marrow. Cook on low (I like overnight)…let cool, strain and put into containers for freezing. EASY, EASY, EASY!

  5. Michaela

    I have actually been making this all week. I was Given a Banana box full of meaty bones and I have 3 crock-pots going right now. I usually let mine go for 24 hours at least. When it is done the bones can be crushed by my thumb. That is when I know it has pulled out plenty of nutrients. And it gels so nicely too.

    1. Carol

      I can’t seem to get it to gel.
      Should you clarify the broth (remove fat & solid particles) or does that remove any of the nutrients?
      Thx,
      CK

      1. dani stout Post author

        This can happen for a few reasons: too much water, not enough gelatinous bones, etc. Adding chicken feet to the stock will definitely help it gel. What kind of bones are you using?

        After the broth has cooled, the fat will rise to the top. I do remove it because I don’t like the taste in the stock, and I reserve it for other things. Hope this helps!

  6. Thresa

    Bone broth is so yummy and I might add that when done straining, pour into muffin tins to freeze and then these can be stored in a ziplock to be used as single serve (lunch soup) or as many needed for larger meal.

    1. Dove

      Actually yes you can. As long as they aren’t completely spent. If they fall apart in your fingers. Then no. But always add new ones as well if you reuse.

  7. Robin

    Thank you for making a simplified recipe! I have been wanting to try a bone broth recipe for a while but most websites make it a huge production. I have pork bones from tonight’s dinner and am hoping I like the broth. Thanks again!

  8. krista

    I made beef broth following your recipe it was so easy and good. I added garlic and some celery stalks. My husband suggested to chill the broth so the grease word come to the top, worked great. Thanks

  9. Susan

    I love this website…I love the way you eat…its so similar to me! Homemade soups are one of my favorite things to make and eat….and I’m very interested in the health benefits of collagen….Can you tell me how you use the Bone Broth….do you use just in other recipes, which ones? AND do you consume the bone broth as it is ? THanks…I can’t stop reading and taking this all in. 😉

  10. Brittany A

    Hi Dani! I make my broth in the crock pot just like this, however, I notice that my crock pot gets way too hot on the low setting and the broth ends up boiling within the first 5 hours (which ruins any hope for gel even with chicken feet included). I’m not usually home to alternate it from low to warm settings manually. Do you find that your stock gets too hot in the crock pot?

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