Easier than brewing your morning tea, these 3 simple steps show how to make bone broth at home, saving time and money and improving the nutritional value!

How to Make Bone Broth in 3 Simple Steps

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Easier than brewing your morning tea, these 3 simple steps show how to make bone broth at home, saving time and money and improving the nutritional value!Homemade Bone Broth may seem intimidating, but it’s as easy as brewing your morning tea. These 3 simple steps show how to make bone broth at home, saving you time and money and improving the nutritional value!

It sounds intimidating, right? Like something only very seasoned grandmas who have been making everything from scratch for 100 years can do.

Nope… It’s super easy!

Can you make a cup of tea? Or hot cocoa?

Then you can probably handle bone broth.

And its full of health benefits, both of the research-driven and old wives tale category. You should definitely make it.

Easier than brewing your morning tea, these 3 simple steps show how to make bone broth at home, saving time and money and improving the nutritional value!

So, how is making homemade bone broth as easy as brewing tea?

Think of broth like a savory tea. Instead of spices and tea leaves, you’ll season your broth with various vegetables and herbs. I usually add carrots, celery, and some herbs into the water along with the bones.

Then, it just simmers until the water is slightly colored, much like a tea.

Q: What’s the difference between Broth, Bone Broth, and Stock?
A: Nothing. They are all the same.

Simple bone broth, made at home with minutes of active time. Have 5 minutes? you can make bone broth from scratch

Flavoring the Bone Broth with Herbs and Vegetables

Make sure to add salt. I add it after it’s cooked a bit so I can taste how much I need. It will taste a little weird without salt.

You can put anything you want in there to flavor it: garlic, onion, green onion, leek, parsnip, turnip, radish, parsley, sage, rosemary, cilantro, jalapeño, peppers etc. Try to keep it simple though, and just add a handful of things so it’s not overpowered by too many conflicting flavors.

Next, just bring the water immersed vegetables, herbs and bones to a boil and reduce heat to simmer until the water is tinted or colored. The broth can also look kind of creamy.

Make sure to add salt. I add it after it’s cooked a bit so I can taste how much I need. It will taste a little weird without salt.

(Side note, this is how you make veggie broth too- just use the veggies and a little extra salt :))

How to Make Bone Broth:

  1.  Put stew bones or leftover bones in a soup pot on medium-high heat.
  2. Add herbs, vegetables, a bit of salt,  and cold water
  3. Simmer 1-3 hours or until cloudy and fragrant

That’s it. 3 simple steps and you have broth.

3 simple instruction to make homemade bonebroth: beef, pork, ham, chicken and bison

Anthony Bourdain says you should never boil broth. And if you have the time, it’s best to simmer the broth (not boil it) for hours. You can let bones simmer for 7-10 hours and they will still give you good collagen.

However, I have boiled broth when in a pinch. Let’s say I have 1 hour to make broth. I prefer to boil it myself than buy a processed and preserved box or can. That might me I get a little more fat out of the bones than collagen, but it still is a healthy mix of both and better than store-bought.

What would I do with homemade bone broth?

  1. Drink it for breakfast
  2. Add it to soups and stews for a super savory and rich taste
  3. Add it to curries for increased nutritional value
  4. Add it to smoothies for extra protein
  5. Drink it when your sick or have been indulgent to heal the gut
Here are some easy and nutritious recipes using bone broth

Pretty in Pink Bone Broth Bowl

Beautifully Pink Bone Broth Bowl with cucumber, radish, cabbage, and beet

Bone broth over winter greens

Try this nourishing bone broth over winter greens recipe is a quick and healthy meal that will reset your body after overindulging. Healthy + Delicious

Grain free and dairy free Fettucine Alfredo made with cucumber and cauliflower

A healthy twist on a favorite: Fettucini alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner

Leftovers? Or maybe too much broth? Freeze the bones for later use!

Stew bones provide a ton of broth!! With my most recent set of bison stew bones, I’ve made 4 batches of broth and am still getting more out of those bones.

After making few batches of broth I wanted to save the bones. I drained the broth into a mason jar for later use and then just poured the bones and leftover veggies and herbs into a ziplock bag. I put that in the freezer and they will be ready the next time I need broth.

I love doing this because when I need to make broth again, I can just dump the frozen bones in a fresh pot of water for the next round.

You can use the bones to make a surprisingly large amount of broth. Keep using them until the broth doesn’t get the same richness of color and cloudiness.

Different Flavors of Bone Broth:

Bison Bone Broth:

Bison is one of the most flavorful bone broths I’ve ever made. If you can get your hands on some grass-fed bison stew bones, treasure them and the sweet nurturing broth they create.

For bison, stew bones work well. I’ve also saved bones from regular cuts to make broth. It’s best if there is a little meat on the bones.

I love bison broth with celery, carrots, cilantro, and parsley.

Here’s a Paleo and Keto Bison Bone Broth Recipe.

Beef Bone Broth:

They sell Beef Stew bones, but any bone will do. With beef I think, it’s best if there is a little meat still on the bones when you make the broth.

Beef broth is great with celery, carrots, onion, turnip, parsnip, and parsley.

Ham Flavored Broth:

For Ham Stock, use the ham hock. That’s the big bone in a leg of pork or in your honey baked ham after Thanksgiving.

Think of a split pea soup when making this broth. It;s delicious with garlic, onions, carrots, celer, and sage.

Chicken Stock:

For chicken, you can use leftover thigh bones. I like to mix chicken necks, backs and feet to get a real food stock 🙂 The same thing goes for the veggies and herbs.

I love cilantro and parsley loaded into my chicken stock. And in addition to the standard carrots and celery, a little jalapeno adds a great complementary kick.

Vegetable Broth:

Go heavy on the veggies and skip the bones. You’ll have to add a little extra salt to make the veggie broth taste as savory as the meat broths. Don’t go overboard though, its just a few shakes more.

When making veggie broth I add a lot more veggies. I go heavy on the fresh herbs add two carrots or celery ribs instead of one.

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Easier than brewing your morning tea, these 3 simple steps show how to make bone broth at home, saving time and money and improving the nutritional value!

If you like vegetables and bone broth…

you’ll also like this immune-boosting chicken and vegetable soup, which uses the drumsticks to make a nutritious and deliciously healing soup. PLenty of good glutamine in this puppy.

Fight off colds with this immune boosting Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe with bone broth: healthy, nutritious and deliciously healing.

About Alicia

I love cooking almost as much as I love eating so I try to make sure I feel good about what I'm eating. I believe it's always a good occasion for some bubbly and I also love feeling healthy and being outdoors. I try to buy, cook and eat whole nutritious foods that promote a fun active lifestyle.


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  2. I disagree that bone broth is the same as stock and regular broth. It’s not. Bone broth is taking bones from the animal that are super high in collagen adding a little acv or lemon juice to extract the minerals creating a more nutritionally potent broth. Bone broth is made by doing LONG simmer times (several days) at a temperature no greater than 180 degrees. This is not stock at all. Stock is made with bones that either have some meat on it or none, no requirements on what type of bones to use and requires a much less simmer time (approx 6 hours) without the rigid requirements on temperature.

  3. I love bone broth! SOOOO good for you. My little girl is just starting solids and I was just thinking I should start her on this!

    1. THat’s a great idea! so good for that growing gut 🙂

  4. I’ve been so intrigued at the idea of making bone broth – especially with all of the health benefits. Thanks for including steps for several different varieties!

    1. You should definitely try it! It requires such little active time and you can freeze extra for later. 🙂

  5. Love the new look of your site!

    1. Thank you!! It was a fun little project 🙂 let me know if you see anything that looks funky cause I’m still working out the kinks! 🙂

  6. I need to remember to make this more often! My husband loves making chicken wings, and the leftovers actually make really good quality bone broth. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hey do! And then you get to feel good about not wasting the bones. It’s a win win 🙂

  7. I love making bone broth! Thanks for breaking it down for us.

  8. I have heard some great things about bone broth benefits! I will pass this along to several friends who will definitely be interested…

    1. Please do! Thank you 🙂

  9. I love how simple yet flavorful this recipe is! It looks delicious!

    1. Thanks Sharon!! It’s one of my favorites 🙂 perfect on its own or added to so many things 🙂

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