Using your slow cooker to create bone broth is both really simple and can also provide you with some amazing health benefits!
Chicken bone broth specifically is a fantastic addition to a gut healing protocol and can be a low cost option for someone who is unable to afford quality supplements.
Genie Tip – Unfortunately there is a slight downside to creating your own bone broth. During the cooking process, the smell can be a bit on the strong sides (more so with Beef bones). I have setup my slow cooker in the garage as that way the smell doesn’t fill the entire house! If you don’t have a garage, any room which is closed off away from the rest of the house would do the trick! Don’t worry though, it’s really not that bad and this is only part of the cooking process. I can assure you that the end product is delicious and your gut will love you for it!
It’s important to use good quality bones/carcasses from organic, pasture raised chickens. Check with your local butcher to see where they source their chickens from. If you are unable to get pasture raised chicken carcasses from your butcher then you can buy them from numerous places online.
I get mine from Green Pasture Farms:
For each batch I create, I use 2 x chicken carcasses and 1 pack of chicken feet (6 – 8) for extra gelatin & nutrition. Approx 2lbs in total.
Total cost – approx £5/batch!
Heat the oven to 180 centigrade. Place the chicken carcasses and feet in a roasting tray. Pop the bones in the oven for 30 minutes until they start to get a nice roasted tinge and smell really good!
Whilst the bones are roasting get the following ingredients together:
2 x large carrots
2 x stalks of celery
1 x large onion
Salt, pepper and any hardy herbs you want to add (I tend to keep it simple and just add salt to each cup rather than to the whole batch).
4 x garlic gloves
2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
Approx 3 Litres of bottled mineral water or filtered water
Chop the veggies up in to large rough chunks
After approx. 30 minutes remove the bones from the oven.
Put the bones into your slow cooker (I use a Crock Pot) and add the water until it just covers the bones.
Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. At this point, let the bones sit for about 20 – 30 minutes. This will ensure you get the most nutrition possible out of the bones.
After 30 minutes, add the chopped vegetables, garlic (just crush slightly) & herbs
Now all you need to do is place the pot in the slow cooker and cook for 24 hours on the ‘Low’ setting.
Genie Tip: My slow cooker will only allow to set a maximum time of 20 hours, so I have just have to add 4 hours before the end of the first 20 hours to make it up to 24 hours.
Genie Tip: For the first couple of hours, check every 20 mins or so for a frothy/foamy layer and scoop this out with a large spoon. These are the impurities so you should notice that good quality bones produce less of this than bones from conventionally raised chickens.
Once the time is up, remove the bowel from the slow cooker and using a sieve to filter out the bone broth into a large bowel. You should be left with the bones & veggies.
Genie Tip: These are completely void of any taste or nutrition (it’s all in the bone broth!) so throw them away when you are done.
Final step… Decant the bone broth into mini glass jars. I like these ones from Wilko: Storage Jars – 12 pack Once they’ve cooled down, put them into the freezer (and one in the fridge for tomorrow) and you’re good to go!
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