Homemade Bone Broth

Homemade Bone Broth is the liquid you get from boiling bones in water for several hours. It has a lot of nutritional value, is full of minerals, and is said to help boost your immune system. It’s also very tasty and makes a wonderful base for all sorts of soups and stews.

If you haven’t tried making your own yet, grab some leftover bones. Beef bones, chicken bones, pork bones. Any bones will do. You’ll also need a pot and get to work. Here are three different ways to make homemade bone broth at home. Your taste buds, wallet, and your health will thank you.

Homemade Bone Broth is a hearty, comforting elixir you get from boiling bones in water for several hours. It’s become very popular because of the health benefits it provides. It has surged in popularity as a superfood with a multitude of health benefits.

While this nourishing liquid has been a staple in traditional diets for centuries, its resurgence in the modern wellness scene is no accident. Packed with essential nutrients and known for its potential health perks, bone broth is more than just a soothing soup base; it’s a powerful elixir for your well-being.

The Basics of Bone Broth

Bone broth is a savory liquid made by simmering animal bones, typically from beef, chicken, or fish, along with herbs, vegetables, and spices in water for an extended period, often between 12 and 48 hours. This slow-cooking process extracts minerals, collagen, gelatin, and other beneficial compounds from the bones, cartilage, and connective tissues.

The Health Benefits

Nutrient-Rich: Bone broth is a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. These minerals are crucial for bone health, making bone broth an excellent addition to your diet, especially if you have a history of bone-related issues.

Collagen and Gelatin: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and a key component of skin, hair, nails, and joints. Bone broth is packed with collagen, which can help improve skin elasticity and support joint health. Gelatin, another protein found in bone broth, is known for its digestive benefits.

Gut Health: The gelatin in bone broth helps support a healthy gut lining, reducing inflammation and promoting a balanced microbiome. A healthy gut is linked to improved digestion and overall well-being.

Immune System Support: Bone broth contains amino acids like arginine and cysteine, which are thought to have immune-boosting properties. Additionally, the broth’s nutrient-rich composition may contribute to overall immune system support.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects: The amino acids and antioxidants in bone broth may help reduce inflammation in the body, potentially offering relief from conditions like arthritis.

Improved Hydration: Consuming warm bone broth can be a comforting way to stay hydrated, as it replenishes fluids and electrolytes. The warmth is soothing and may help alleviate symptoms of the common cold or flu.

pot of homemade bone broth with 3 large bones showing

How to Make Homemade Bone Broth

Making bone broth at home is relatively simple. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:


  • 4 pounds of bones (beef, chicken, or fish)
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt
  • Water

Cooking Instructions for Homemade Bone Broth

  1. Roast the bones in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 30-45 minutes. This step enhances the flavor of the broth. Even if your bones come from previously roasted chicken or other meats, do not skip this step.
  2. Place the roasted bones, vegetables, herbs, and optional apple cider vinegar in a large stockpot.
  3. Let the broth simmer for at least 12 hours (up to 48 hours for the richest flavor). Skim off any impurities.
  4. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove solids.
  5. Allow the broth to cool, then refrigerate it. The fat will rise to the top and solidify, making it easy to remove.
  6. Enjoy your homemade bone broth as a nourishing beverage or use it as a base for soups, stews, and other recipes.
homemade bone broth in a mason jar


Bone broth isn’t just a tasty and versatile addition to your list of cooking skills; it’s a nutrient-rich drink or soup with numerous potential health benefits. Incorporating homemade bone broth into your diet can provide a wealth of vitamins, minerals, collagen, and gelatin while promoting gut health, supporting your immune system, and reducing inflammation.

As an ancient tradition meets modern wellness, bone broth has earned its place as a nourishing staple for those seeking a sip of well-being. So why not simmer a batch of this wholesome elixir in your kitchen and embrace the goodness it has to offer? This broth is a perfect base for any soup you may want to make, for example our Homemade Chicken Soup.

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platter with three types of bone broth

Bone Broth

Bone broth isn't complicated to make, although it does take time. Still, it's worth the effort. There is nothing quite as soothing as enjoying a rich mug of hot broth.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 stockpot


  • 4 pounds beef bones – preferably a mix of marrow bones femur bones and bones with meat on them (oxtail, short ribs, and knucklebones cut in half)*
  • 3 large carrots – chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onions – quartered
  • 2 whole heads garlic – halved crosswise
  • 3 stalks celery – cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


Preheat the oven to 450℉.

    Blanch the Bones:

    • Cover the bones with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes before draining and rinsing the bones with water.

    Roast the Bones and Vegetables

    • Transfer the bones and add the vegetables to a roasting pan. Roast them for 30 minutes. After that time, stir bones and vegetable and roast an additional 20 minutes.

    Cook the Broth

    • Transfer the bones and vegetables to a stockpot. Scrape all bones, vegetables and juices remaining in the roasting. This adds delicious flavor to the broth.
    • Boil the bones. Cover the pots and bring to a low and gently boil. Skim any foam or excess fat.
    • Simmer for at least 8-12 hours, ideally 24 hours (do not leave the stove running overnight.) Simply cool and store in the refrigerator and continue to simmer the next day. Add more water if needed to make sure bones and vegetables remain fully submerged.
    • Once the bones have simmered and your broth is ready, you will need to strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer. Set aside the broth to cool.
    • Pick all the meat from the bones. Don't let it go to waste! Discard the bones and vegetables.
    • Store your bone broth n the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
      Store smaller batches in the freezer for up to 6 months.


    Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 30 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.
    Keyword bone broth, soup

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