Chicken Bone Broth is simple to make at home and the best part is that you can use leftover things you may normally throw away. Bone broth has gained lots of popularity over the last few years and for good reason.
Bone Broth Benefits
Bone broth is very high in trace minerals that are found in animal bones, which in turn help to strengthen your bones. There is also a good amount of collagen, an amino acid, that is released from the bones when they are cooked properly. In addition to collagen, bone broth contains a lot of other amino acids that can help with inflammation… I’m look at you arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Bone broth can also help repair your digestive tract because it is easy to digest. In addition, it can help to protect your joint health!
Those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis usually see benefits from regularly drinking bone broth. I personally was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the beginning of this year and have found that beef causes my inflammation to flare. Therefore, I have chosen to use chicken bones for my broth. However, you can use any bones that you prefer or have available.
What will you need…
To make bone broth you really don’t need a recipe since there are so many things that you can change. What is necessary? Bones! I prefer to cook a whole chicken in the oven or to buy a precooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store for a meal then save the bones for my broth. If you don’t buy or cook chicken with the bones you can check with a butcher to see if they can provide you with some.
You will also need celery, carrots, onion, apple cider vinegar, water and salt. That’s it! To give my chicken bone broth a little more flavor I decided to add fresh rosemary. If you aren’t a fan of rosemary you can skip it or add any other fresh herbs that you love!
To cook your bone broth you will need a large crock pot. The bigger the better as it can hold more liquid! Your bone broth will cook for 24 hours in the crock pot and that’s it!
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How to use bone broth
Bone broth can be used in a few different ways. I like to drink it as is (warm of course). I also use it in place of broth in recipes and to make soup with. After making my bone broth I store it in glass containers in the refrigerator until ready to use it. If I don’t think I will use it up in about a week then I will freeze some of it for later use.
Chicken Bone Broth
Homemade chicken bone broth in the crock pot.
- 1 chicken carcass or 1-2 pounds of chicken bones
- 4 carrots
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 large or 2 small onions
- 2 springs rosemary
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- sprinkle Himalayan salt
- Wash and roughly chop your celery, carrots and onion.
- Combine all ingredients in a large crock pot and fill with water.
- Cook on low for 24 hours. (If your crock pot maxes out at 20 hours just go back in a few hours to add the extra 4 hours.)
- Strain bone broth through a fine metal sieve to remove all bones and vegetables.
- Let bone broth cool and store in the refrigerator or freeze.
- Bone broth can be used in recipes or drink it warm.