Monday, November 9, 2015

The Best Chicken Bone Broth in 2 Simple Ways



The Best Chicken Bone Broth in 2 Simple Ways


After having my last two babies, one of the things I looked forward to drinking in the hospital was broth. My fifth baby was an emergency c-section, so I was put to sleep and had a tube inserted in my throat. My throat was pretty sore for about 24 hours after I woke up. My nurse brought me beef broth to help soothe the soreness. It helped a lot. Of course, they gave me the processed, packaged kind in a styrofoam cup, but I still remember how good it felt to drink it.

Ever since, broth has had a kind of fix-all quality to it. The other day I poured some of mine into a water bottle and drank it straight for breakfast. It hit the spot. Try it yourself for an easy breakfast or lunch with lots of good vitamins and minerals in it. Here is an excellent article detailing ways to use broth for breakfast: 5 Reasons (with 5 Recipes) to Have Broth for Breakfast.

I've included two ways to make this incredibly nourishing tonic. The first is in your crock pot. The second is on the stove. One has vinegar, the other doesn't. These recipes are so versatile, you can follow them as they are written or make them your own with your own favorite herbs and spices. Regardless of which way you choose, they are both so easy you won't want to miss out on what is definitely a must-have item in your pantry or freezer. And don't forget to make this incredible roast chicken so you have bones to begin with! How to Roast the Best, Most Amazingly Moist Chicken

Dr. Mercola posted an article called Making Bone Broth a Staple in Your Diet May Be the Key to Improving Your Health. He quotes a GAPS diet expert who makes it a little differently but not too much. It's worth a read!

Another great read is this article by KerryAnn Foster at Intentionally Domestic: The Five Biggest Bone Broth Mistakes You Might Be Making. She goes into more detail about bones and vinegar as well as giving tips on making this as economical as possible.

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth



Homemade Chicken Bone Broth in a Crock Pot


Ingredients


The bones, skin, and fat of one cooked whole chicken
1 onion, quartered - leave the skin on if you want your broth to be a beautiful dark brown color
3 unpeeled carrots, cut in thirds
a handful of fresh celery leaves or one stalk celery, cut in thirds
a few sprigs of fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme or Italian seasoning
1-1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2-1 tsp garlic powder
1/2-1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf

Instructions


1. Put everything in your crock pot with enough water to come about 1/2 inch away from the top. Set the crock on low. Let it cook overnight or longer. I've let mine cook as long as 18 hours. It makes your kitchen smell so good!
2. Remove the carrots to mash up if you have a baby. She'll love them! Strain the broth through cheesecloth if you don't want the herbs left in it. I don't care, so I skip the straining.
3. Freeze the broth or can it using a pressure cooker. Throw everything else in the trash.

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth on the Stove Top


I have a large, 11-quart stainless steel pot I use for this recipe. When I make a chicken, I dump whatever is left in the pan into the pot. That includes the bones, any leftover meat, all the fat and gelled drippings, and any vegetables I may have put in the cavity of the chicken. The vinegar is a fantastic addition here. You won't be able to taste it in your finished broth. It makes it possible for the bones to leach their minerals into the soup, adding even more nourishment to the end product. I don't skip this even though you could. Why miss out on extra goodness for so little effort?


Ingredients


1 gallon water (16 cups)
1 chicken carcass and any trimmings left over from cooking it
4 small onions, quartered
1 head garlic, halved horizontally
1 pound carrots, roughly chopped
4 stalks celery, roughly chopped
2 bay leaves
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1 Tablespoon dried basil
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 Tablespoon (1-1/2 teaspoons) lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne, optional if you like things spicy, or 1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Instructions


1. Put everything into your pot. Put the lid on it and let it sit for for an hour.
2. Put your pot on the heat and bring it to a boil. If any scum or foam rises to the top, skim it off and discard it. 
3. Turn the heat down and simmer for a few hours. The broth in the jars on top simmered heartily for 7 hours. The stock really condensed and I only ended up with 1-1/2 quarts, but it was an intense 1-1/2 quarts! The stock directly above simmered for 2-3 hours with the lid on. It ended up lighter and I got 4 quarts out of it.
4. Freeze or pressure can it for longer storage. 

Some experts say bone broth needs to simmer 12 or more hours. That's when a crock pot is handy. However long you cook it, this stuff will be incredibly good for you. Much, much better than what you can buy, even organically, at the store. 


Use it in this awesome recipe!

Enhanced Chicken Noodle Soup

Make it out of this!

Which way are you going to cook it? How do you like to consume your broth? Share in the comments. :)

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24 comments:

  1. This is one thing I have never made! I had to have all kids c-section and I can relate to the broth (can't handle jello tho due to it). I am printing this out to make asap, because broth is so comforting especially with the winter weather coming on. THANK YOU for posting this!!! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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    1. I don't know if I could do 5 c-sections! That is a lot. And funny on the jello! Thanks for printing and sharing. You're such a good booster!!

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  2. I make bone broth on regular basis. It's so good for you. It has so many health benefits. I like your recipe. Pinning!

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    1. Thank you for pinning, Ilka. I love this broth and am really glad I got on the bone broth wagon. It makes me feel as if I'm actually giving my children a fantastic health pick-me-up when I serve it.

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  3. I've never thought of making chicken broth, i thought it was a bit difficult but I think I could give this a go so thank you for sharing :)

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    1. You're welcome, Charlotte. I'm glad you found something new you could try. It really is very simple and hands-off. Those are the kind of recipes I like the best!

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  4. thanks for sharing this recipe - I really need to make some of this in my slow cooker!

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    1. I do hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I don't make nearly enough bone broth. It is so good for us, but I tend to buy boneless, skinless meats, so I never have any bones to do it with. I need to get into the habit, though. The health benefits are just too good to be missing out on.

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    1. That is so true, Jessica. Now that I know how to roast a chicken properly, I will be making a whole lot more of this instead of just at Thanksgiving. My Thanksgiving turkey carcass is sitting in my freezer just waiting for me now. :)

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  6. Heaven, as I grew up my mom taught me a lot about cooking, and I learned how to do things cheaply and reuse other things. A valuable lesson, for sure. But one thing she never did was use the carcass to make broth. Over the last several years I have learned to do this myself, the broth keeps us going all winter with soups. Most broth you purchase in the store has gluten, not to mention other chemicals or preservatives. I make the broth and freeze what I don't use, and then each time we have a chicken I make more. I love that you shared this, I'm sure it will help many others to reuse the leftovers and be more healthy!!! Pinning!

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    1. Thanks for pinning, Nikki! I didn't know much about cooking until I started having children and really getting into it myself. I wasn't too interested in learning from my mom. Now I make sure my girls have plenty of opportunities to cook with me if they want. It's such a valuable skill. Thanks for your awesome comment!

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  7. I became obsessed with reading labels when my daughter was born. I never realized how much "junk" goes into most store bought chicken broth. I too started to make my own chicken broth but quickly ran out of freezer space. I was lucky to find the Kirkland Costco brand that has nothing added at all but for some reason Costco rarely carries it so when my stash runs out I'm back to making broth again. Thanks for the crock pot recipe as I never thought of doing this. I hated having to watch over the stop top version so this is great!

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    1. I love it that you made so much you ran out of space! I find the kind in the tetra packs at the grocery store to have less junk in them than the canned kind. If I'm out that's what I turn to. But they are still not as good as homemade. I'm glad I gave you a new way to make it! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  8. Love making bone broth, pinning this!

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    1. Thank you! It's such a fantastic thing to make, isn't it? I appreciate the pin.

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  9. This is very useful! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share.
    ~Laurie

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    1. You are welcome, Laurie. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  10. This sounds so delicious and healthy. I love that it can be made in the crock pot.
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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    1. Thank you, Julie! Crock pot cooking is definitely a bonus! Mine broke recently. I've missed it. For now I use the stove top method. It's all good. :)

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  11. Thank you for sharing your broth recipe at Snickerdoodle Sunday. I've never attempted to make my own, but making it in the crockpot makes it much more appealing to try. Pinned and Tweeted.

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  12. There is nothing better than homemade broth's I love your simple recipe, and have pinned for later to find.

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  13. SUCH a great idea! I love how useful this can be!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  14. Looks amazing def something my mom would love. Thanks so much for coming by Welcome Home Wed. Laci @ sequinsinthesouth.com

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