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How to Make Beef Bone Broth: Just look at that Beef Jello!

Beef Bone Broth

Beef Bone Broth – Bone Marrow and Sliced Beef Feet

I’ve been making beef bone broth for months now and I truly love the results.  I feel some things are overhyped and but beef bone broth isn’t one of them.  When I drink beef bone broth on a regular basis I see less puffiness in my face, I sleep better, I noticed the difference in bowel movements within days, less acne (I’m assuming that’s because the gut is soothed by the gelatin) and those are the differences I can feel I’m sure there’s more happening when to my body when I drink it.

The first time I made beef bone broth I put bone marrow bones in a giant soup pot with water and veggies and seasoning and boiled it all day.  I drank the broth but it didn’t gel at all.  I made it again but cooked it longer and once again it didn’t gel.  It wasn’t until I got some advice from my friend Caitlin Weeks at Grass Fed Girl that I FINALLY got my beef bone broth to gel.  It was simple, add more bones and also animal parts that contain lots of cartilage like ox tail, feet etc. and then cook it in a slow cooker (or a pressure cooker but I haven’t tried that method yet).  Now I feel like I got the hang of this bone broth thing.

How to Make Beef Bone Broth

Go to your butcher or grocery store and buy bone marrow/ox tail/feet

You can roast the bone marrow for more flavour but I usually skip this part.  Here’s a recipe for roasting bone marrow.

Fill your slow cooker with the bones.

Beef Bone Broth

Beef Bone Broth

Chop up 1 stick of celery, 1 clove of garlic, at least one whole onion, and a carrot.  Place in the slow cooker.

Optional 1 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar (the vinegar is supposed to increase the extraction of minerals from the bones).

Fill the slow cooker with water and season it with salt and pepper.  Don’t worry about getting the amount of salt and pepper right, you can adjust that when you drink the soup.

Beef Bone Broth

Beef Bone Broth

I add parsley when I reheat the soup to drink.

Turn your slow cooker to low and cook for at least 48 hours.  After that I put some spoonfuls of the broth into a bowl and I place it in the fridge.  If the broth gels I stop cooking if the broth doesn’t gel then I continue to cook.

Beef Bone Broth

Beef Bone Broth – Just look at that jello!

When you are done cooking your broth pour the broth through a colander (like this one).

I freeze my broth in ice cube trays and then put the ice cubes in a bag.  When I’m ready to reheat the broth I place a couple of ice cubes in a small pot, turn the heat to low and slowly heat the broth up.  I also add parsley, and more seasoning.

Just a warning – bone broth stinks buts its worth the smell.

If you want the benefits of bone broth with making it you can also make grass fed
gelatin with water and drink it.  Click here for the grass fed gelatin I use.

BEEF BONE BROTH

Ingredients

  • Enough bone marrow/ox tail/feet to fill the bottom of your slow cooker (I usually use 4 bone marrow bones and 4 feet or 4 bone marrow bones and 4 ox tail bones)
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • water

Instructions

  1. Go to your butcher or grocery store and buy bone marrow/ox tail/feet
  2. You can roast the bone marrow for more flavour but I usually skip this part.
  3. Fill your slow cooker with the bones.
  4. Chop up 1 stick of celery, 1 clove of garlic, at least one whole onion, and a carrot. Place in the slow cooker.
  5. Optional 1 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar (the vinegar is supposed to increase the extraction of minerals from the bones).
  6. Fill the slow cooker with water and season it with salt and pepper. Don’t worry about getting the amount of salt and pepper right, you can adjust that when you drink the soup.
  7. I add parsley when I reheat the soup to drink.
  8. Turn your slow cooker to low and cook for at least 48 hours. After that I put some spoonfuls of the broth into a bowl and I place it in the fridge. If the broth gels I stop cooking if the broth doesn’t gel then I continue to cook.
  9. When you are done cooking your broth pour the broth through a colander.
  10. I freeze my broth in ice cube trays and then put the ice cubes in a bag. When I’m ready to reheat the broth I place a couple of ice cubes in a small pot, turn the heat to low and slowly heat the broth up. I also add parsley, and more seasoning.

Enjoy,

6 Responses to How to Make Beef Bone Broth: Just look at that Beef Jello!

  1. MamaV July 17 at 9:36 am #

    I am glad to see that you can do this in a slow cooker! I can’t stand the smell on my stove… But if I do it in a slow cooker outside that will solve the smell problem!
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  2. Scott Cole September 23 at 10:32 pm #

    The comment about the broth smelling is due to your not roasting the bones and vegetables first. Roast bones with the carrot, celery, and onion at 400 degrees for up to an hour. Pour off the fat. Then add bones and veg to the pot. Soak the browned bits off the roasting pan with boiling water and add to pot. Cook as you say and no smell. Only a wonderful meaty fragrance!

    • Chuck Tom January 11 at 2:26 am #

      Thanks for the tip Scott! I’m going to try my hand at making beef broth from scratch a second time. This time I am using beef bones and was concerned about them smelling funny. I’ll definitely roast them in the oven like I had planned!

  3. Thao February 6 at 6:56 pm #

    Hi my broth did not, can I throw it back into the crock pot if it’s been a couple days?

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:46 am #

      No, just use it as is. It’s not a big deal if it didn’t gel.

  4. Cindy June 18 at 7:00 am #

    When cooking in the crockpot do you keep adding water during the 24/48 hours?