BEEF BONE BROTHCourse: SoupsDifficulty: Easy
Discover the transformative power of homemade bone broth! From strengthening bones to supporting joint health and promoting radiant skin, this nutrient-packed elixir offers a myriad of benefits. For the heartiest broth, opt for bones with abundant cartilage and collagen. These often-overlooked bones are packed with the nutrients essential for a robust broth. Some top choices include: Knuckles, Oxtails, Hooves/Feet, Marrow Bones, Joints.
What role does vinegar play in bone broth? The acidity of vinegar aids in extracting minerals and collagen from the bones by breaking down the tougher tissues surrounding them. Through the vinegar and slow cooking process, collagen proteins are drawn out from the bones. When extracted, collagen takes on a gelatinous texture, which gives bone broth its characteristic jiggliness when cooled.
2 pounds beef bones marrow, knuckle, shank etc.
2 onions unpeeled and quartered
3 carrots unpeeled and cut into large chunks
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 bulb garlic unpeeled and cut in half cross-wise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 tablespoon black peppercorns whole
1 tablespoon sea salt
6-7 quarts water
- Crafting bone broth at home is a simple, hands-off process. Here are a few methods you can try:
- Instant Pot – combine all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 2 hours.
- Slow Cooker – combine all of the ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for 12-24 hours.
- Stove – combine all of the ingredients in a large stockpot and cook on a low simmer for 12 hours.
- Opt for less obvious bones rich in cartilage and collagen to enhance the broth’s depth of flavor and nutritional value.
- Save bone and vegetable scraps in the freezer until you have enough to make a batch of bone broth, reducing waste and maximizing flavor.
- Consider roasting the bones before simmering to impart a richer, caramelized flavor to the broth.
- Check with your local butcher for affordable bone or animal scraps to use in your bone broth.