Bone Broth 3 Ways

We’re on a major bone broth kick. Earlier this month, we plugged genius nutritionist Jennifer Miremadi to break down why its good for you, and now we’re presenting  three easy recipes from Miremadi to stock (pun intended) your fridge with. Nothing is easier to make on a Sunday. Seriously, all it takes is some chopping and boiling; just put in the waiting time and you’ll have enough broth to last a week’s worth of meals. Read below for our favorite three iterations of bone broth; consider this your Sunday inspiration.

Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Adapted from Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions

Ingredients:

3 pounds of bones from chicken (necks, backs, and wings), preferably pastured and organic

1 onion, cut in quarters

2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped

2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped

1 leek, coarsely chopped

1 bay leafs

3 thyme sprigs

1 bunch parsley

1/2 tsp black peppercorns

2 garlic cloves

3 cloves (optional)

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Cold water – 4 quarts (or enough to cover the bones and vegetables)

Directions:

Combine all bones, apple cider vinegar, and vegetables in a large stainless steel pot and cover with cold water.  Do not add herbs or garlic yet. Let mixture stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Bring mixture to a boil and skim off any scum rising to the top of the pot.

Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for up to 24 hours.

One hour before you finish cooking the bone broth, wrap bay leaf, thyme, parsley, peppercorns, garlic and cloves in cheesecloth.  Add to bone broth and let simmer for remaining hour.

Strain bone broth with a fine mesh sieve, discarding all of the solid ingredients.

Skim off the layer of fat at the top of the bone broth.

Serve and store any extra bone broth in mason jars in your freezer.

Variations:

Turkey or Duck Bone Broth (adapted from Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions)

Turkey: 3 pounds of bones from turkey (wings and drumsticks), preferably pastured and organic.

Duck: 3 pounds of bones from duck (carcasses and wings with legs, thighs and breasts removed), preferably pastured and organic.

All other ingredients and directions are the same.

Beef Bone Broth Recipe

Adapted from Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions

Ingredients

4 pounds of beef knuckle and marrow bones, preferably from organic, grass-fed cows.

3 pounds neck bones or meaty rib bones, preferably from organic, grass-fed cows.

2 onions, cut in quarters

3 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped

3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped

2 leeks, coarsely chopped

2 bay leafs

5 thyme sprigs

1 bunch parsley

1 tsp black peppercorns

2 garlic cloves

4 cloves (optional)

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Cold water – 6 quarts or more (or enough to cover the bones and vegetables)

Directions

Combine knuckle and marrow bones and apple cider vinegar in a large stainless steel pot and cover with cold water. Let mixture stand for 1 hour.

In a roasting pan, roast neck bones and meaty rib bones at 350 degrees until browned.

Add roasted bones and all vegetables to pot. Do not add herbs or garlic yet. Add more water to cover bones and vegetables, if necessary.

Bring mixture to a boil and skim off any scum rising to the top of the pot.

Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for up to 48 hours.

One hour before you finish cooking the bone broth, wrap bay leaf, thyme, parsley, peppercorns, garlic and cloves in cheesecloth. Add to bone broth and let simmer for remaining hour.

Strain bone broth with a fine mesh sieve, discarding all of the solid ingredients.

Skim off the layer of fat at the top of the bone broth.

Serve and store any extra bone broth in mason jars in your freezer.

Variations:

Buffalo Bone Broth

Buffalo: 6 pounds buffalo knuckles, oxtails and marrow bones, preferably from organic, grass-fed buffalo. All other ingredients are the same.

Combine knuckles, oxtails, and marrow bones, apple cider vinegar and all vegetables in a large stainless steel pot and cover with cold water.  Do not add herbs or garlic yet. Let mixture stand for 1 hour. Omit roasting step. Follow all other directions.

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