Of course, bone broth is a fantastic cooking liquid. Basically, anytime you need water or stock in a recipe, you can substitute bone broth. For example, instead of using normal beef stock in the classic French Onion Soup Recipe or Mongolian Beef, try it with beef bone broth. The flavor gets much richer, as well as the nutrient content, including collagen, calcium, iron, etc.
Now that you understand why you should take bone broth regularly, are you wondering how to make bone broth at home? Here are my favorite recipes for beef bone broth and chicken bone broth. I recommend using a slow cooker to make the cooking process almost completely hands-off.
A couple hours of cooking simply is not enough time to draw out all the powerful nutrients in bones. Chicken bone broth needs 10-12 hours of simmer time. For beef bone broth, 20-24 hours are minimal, because it takes that long to break down the bones. Period.
Before I moved to Hong Kong, I always had a few cartons of Kettle & Fire bone broth in my pantry at all times. At the time this post is being written, Kettle & Fire ships only within the United States. I hope and believe that one day Kettle & Fire Bone Broth will be more accessible to the international market and more and more people around the world will benefit from their amazing bone broth products.
Hi Barbara, I left Austin in 2018, so I am sure there are better places to get good bones that I might not be aware of. However, while I was living in Austin, the north part, to be specific, the Asian supermarket called MT Supermarket on North Lamar was where I got my beef bones from. They are fresh and very affordable. Whole Foods sells marrow bones. I used to put one or two of these along with the ones I got from MT to make a big batch of bone broth. Hope that helps.
A broth is made from *unroasted, uncooked* bones and collagen rich pieces like feet. It is cooked anywhere from 4 hours to a few days. It is made without veggies or seasonings, and always turns into a jello after cooling. It is always very light and pale in color, regardless of the specific animal being used.
Sharon, Thank you for your reply. I would like to say your article is great, full of information about how to make your own bone broth. It is one of the best I seen. I wish you lost of luck and success on your journey. I bought a 8qt Instapot and my first bone broth will be using your recipe above. I found a grass fed farm 30 minutes from me in NY State.
Throughly enjoyed the article and look forward to adding some of your twits like ginger, turmeric and mesquite to one of my future broths. Cinnamon sticks, Star of Anise and garlic are constant favorites of mine that added a delectable dimension to my bone broths.
If homemade bone broth only lasts 2 weeks in the freezer, how does Kettle and Fire last for 2 years without any preservatives? I just made my first batch of collogen with whole foods beef bones and chicken feet and slow cooked for 10 hours and I made a mess luckily I strained it outside. I just want to know how this company can store it for so long? in your opinion.
It is good to know that there are pre-made, ready to use bone broth that we can get from the stores. I used to make bone broth at home too, and I can relate to that long simmering time. Thanks for letting me know about Kettle and Fire. I need to get that and have it in stock at home.
The bones in any bone broth should be slow simmered for at least 10 hours to ensure the collagen, minerals, amino acids, and beneficial compounds, such as hyaluronic acid and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), get released from the bones and make their way into your broth. Collagen takes approximately 8-10 hours to be released from the bones, so the slow simmer time is crucial.
One of the great things about drinking bone broth is that we consume the parts of an animal that would otherwise go to waste. And once the nutrients are extracted from the bones, they can be composted. Ideally, we can continue reducing the amount of waste we produce by choosing products that are packaged in 100% recyclable materials.
Many store-bought broths (including bone broths) and stocks add natural chicken flavor and other ingredients to make them more flavorful. We found that the most common ingredients in packaged low-sodium chicken broth included the following:
Our Stone Age ancestors may have consumed broths made with boiled animal bones over 25,000 years ago. Many cultures have some variation of a bone broth, soup, or stew. But bone broth as we know it today gained popularity with the Paleo diet, taking inspiration from the traditional diets of our ancient ancestors.
Dr. Kellyann Petrucci is one of the major advocates of the bone broth diet (she even wrote a book about it), which uses bone broth to provide vital nutrition during periods of fasting. As such, you would think Dr. Kellyann would have created one of the best bone broths around. Sadly, it appears the opposite is true. The liquid broths are one of the most expensive at a little over $7 per serving. And while the dehydrated packages are a little more affordable, they have some of the worst negative reviews on Amazon, with 15% one-star reviews. One disgruntled Amazon reviewer likened the taste to an "instant brown liquid that tastes like it should be scraped off the bottom of a shoe," and complained, "If I could have given it a -star I would have!"
A clever play on collagen (get it?), College Inn is one of the cheapest bone broth brands on the market. The broth is seen more often in grocery stores in the Eastern U.S., however, you can also purchase it online.
LonoLife only offers dehydrated or instant bone broth powders and no liquid broths. The company has three types of single-serving packages, including K-cup style bone broths, which are convenient for on-the-go usage, but terrible for the environment (via The New York Times). LonoLife's traditional chicken bone broths also have high sodium amounts (700 milligrams per serving), and no potassium, giving them poor marks in the nutrition column. But the company does have low-sodium versions that somehow do have potassium. Go figure!
However, reviews on the company's website and Amazon are mostly positive in terms of taste. There are over 7,000 reviews on Amazon for the classic chicken bone broth sticks, and a five-star review raves, "I've tried several manufacturers' bone broth and I've gotta say this is the best of the best!" But maybe give the Thai curry beef bone broth sticks a hard pass. It has multiple one-star reviews on Amazon, with one reviewer ranting, "The most horrible stuff I have tasted! I took a sip and spit it out, could not even swallow it..."
Swanson is one of the cheapest bone broth options available in a carton at less than $1 per serving. It's also made with chicken stock, which isn't simmered as long as traditional bone broths. As a result, even though it has eight grams of protein per serving, a disclaimer on the same product page states, "Not a good source of protein." Single collagen is a naturally occurring protein (via the book Biochemistry, Collagen Synthesis) that doesn't seem promising in delivering one of the alleged benefits of bone broth.
As we get higher up on this list, you'll start seeing more brands that have bone broths in more sustainable glass jars instead of cartons, boxes, or plastic. Zoup! is one of the most affordable bone broth brands that comes in a glass container. However, these bone broths are very low in protein compared to other brands, with just 4 grams per serving for the chicken bone broth. That doesn't seem very promising in the collagen department, but it does make for a lower-calorie broth at just 15 calories per serving.
According to reviews on Amazon, the spicy chicken bone broth seems to be a favorite. "The absolute best chicken stock I have ever tasted. Just the right amount of tang and flavor," noted one happy customer.
Bare Bones is one of the few bone broth brands that actually gels, which signals a good amount of collagen content. However, this brand adds gelatin to the liquid broths and collagen powder to the instant broths, which feels a bit like cheating. Shouldn't simmering the bones for 18+ hours be enough to create a bone broth that gels? Maybe not when your first ingredient is plain water since "the ingredient that weighs the most is [listed] first," according to the FDA.
Even still, the brand's instant broths have over 6,000 reviews on Amazon, but the liquid broths are rated higher, with an average rating of 4.6 stars. However, some reviewers don't care for the taste of the beef bone broth. "It tastes like the water you washed a cow with and then added black pepper," according to one reviewer. That may be because Bare Bones sources grass-fed beef, which may actually have a grass flavor (via Nutrition Journal) that gives off those barnyard vibes. At least Bare Bones uses all organic ingredients in its liquid broths and offers a low-sodium version.
Fond has certainly pushed the limits for bone broth flavors. The company caters to more adventurous palates with offerings like black radish and oregano or beet and serrano pepper-flavored. Whether that's your jam or not, some of these flavored bone broths are extremely high in sodium. The butternut squash and rosemary contains 47% of your daily value in a 14-ounce jar! So maybe only use half a jar at a time or try a different flavor.
Also of note: Fond is Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, uses whole food ingredients, and uses free-range animal bones in its broths. It's also really pushing the verified regenerative angle to show the company's commitment to agricultural sustainability. That's a breath of fresh air for any food brand.
You can find this cheap bone broth brand in most grocery stores, which makes it a convenient and accessible choice. The broths are available in 32-ounce and single-serving containers. Surprisingly, Kitchen Basics has fewer additives and more actual whole foods than other low-cost brands on this list. The mirepoix it uses is even marked as organic on the ingredient list for its chicken bone broth. 59ce067264