4 Recipes for Homemade Bone Broth | Growing Up Herbal | Help your kids enjoy their food more with homemade bone broth!

When you’re spending time cooking a meal for friends and family, you want it to be enjoyable. You want to hear what a good job you did, how delicious the food was, and if you’ll share the recipe.

You also want the food you’re preparing to be healthy and nourishing to the body. Am I right?

Right. Today, I want to talk about making homemade bone broths and using them to not only nourish the body but increase the taste of your food too! 

The Problem Is That Your Food Is Bland

Let me guess, you’re trying to cook healthy food for your family, but you keep coming up with meals that tend to be a wee-bit tasteless.

There’s nothing worse than being disappointed in a new meal because it’s not as good as you hoped. I know, I’ve had that happen several times!

You can add salt, butter, herbs or spices, but you can only use so much of that.

Newsflash! Water Doesn’t Have A Flavor

The one other ingredient you’re probably using in a lot of your meals is water.

Anytime you cook rice, pasta, quinoa, or orzo you cook it in water, right? Any time you’re making soups, you add some water, correct?

Well, water doesn’t have a flavor so when you cook food in it, it’s not adding anything to it. You need something that will give your food some “umff”, some “pizazz”!

The Answer Is To Substitute Delicious, Nutritious Bone Broth In Place Of Water

The answer to your tasteless problem is stock. It can be veggie, chicken, beef, or fish broth. It really doesn’t matter because simply replacing water with it will enhance the taste of your food, hands down.

Besides helping your food taste better, it’s so healthy for you. Stock is made from simmering the bones, vegetables, and organ meats (if you choose) in water for 24-36 hours. This process pulls the nutrients and minerals from the bones and tissues of the animal and puts it into the water. Then when you cook with the stock, you’re consuming all that good stuff in a form that easy to digest!

You’ve heard that you’re supposed to eat chicken noodle soup when you’re sick right? Well, that’s because it gives your body nutrition so it can heal itself and help you beat that virus.

When it comes to stock, you have two options.

  1. Buy it in the store
  2. Make it yourself

I’d recommend the later because it’s fresh, cheap, and definitely more healthy! 

If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to making your own stocks, don’t worry! I’ve got 4 great recipes for you below!

4 Recipes For Homemade Bone Broth

4 Recipes for Homemade Bone Broth | Growing Up Herbal | Help your kids enjoy their food more with homemade bone broth!

For each of the recipes below:

Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot, heat on high. Cover until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours. Remove bones, add grass-fed gelatin or collagen if you’d like, let cool and remove any meat to use later. Return bones to crockpot and simmer on low for 24 hours. Strain broth and store in the refrigerator. Keeps for 1-2 weeks. Freezes well.

If you’re in a crunch for time or you don’t want your whole house smelling like broth, I’d suggest using an InstaPot instead of a crockpot!

Vegetable Stock

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP. butter
  • 3 sliced onions
  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 3 chopped celery sticks
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 3 TBSP. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 quarts of water

Chicken Stock

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken carcass or 2-3 pounds of bony chicken parts (necks, backs, breastbones, wings, legs and feet)
  • chicken organ meats (heart, gizzard, liver)
  • 2 TBSP. butter
  • 1 large sliced onion
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 3 chopped celery sticks
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 quarts of water

Beef Stock

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds of beef marrow and knuckle bones
  • 3 pounds of meaty rib or neck bones
  • 2 TBSP. butter
  • 3 large sliced onion
  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 3 chopped celery sticks
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 quarts of water

Fish Stock

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 whole carcasses of non-oily fish (including heads)
  • 2 TBSP. butter
  • 2 large sliced onion
  • 1 chopped carrots
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 quarts of water

This post was originally written on March 21st, 2012 and has been updated.

So tell me, which kind of bone broth is your favorite, and how do you use it most? Share with me in the comments below!