After bout upon bout of sickness with the start of the school year, a friend showed me her bone broth recipe. This is a great way to use up old chicken, pork, or beef bones (or just go buy some fresh!) that adds tons of amazing nutrients and amino acids to your diet! 10 minutes of prep, a day of your house smelling like a roast, and you have a fantastic, versatile base for soups, stews, and so much more!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray.

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  • Spread tomato paste onto beef bones and place in the prepared roasting pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bones begin to brown, about 30 minutes.

  • Transfer bones to a slow cooker and pour in enough water to cover bones. Add onions, carrots, garlic, and bay leaves to broth mixture.

  • Cook on Low for at least 24 hours.

  • Strain broth through a fine-mesh strainer into a container and refrigerate.

Cook's Note:

Chicken or pork bones can be used in place of the beef bones, if desired.

The broth will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.

It can be added to soups and stews or drunk by itself with added salt, pepper, and ginger.

Additionally, you can drain some of the liquid out, add more water (just covering the bones) and continue cooking it to get the max out of the bones (up to one week).

Nutrition Facts

49 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 11.4g 4% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterolmg; sodium 186.2mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2015
I don't use tomato paste. I freeze vegetable trimmings and bones that I would normally discard. When I get a good amount, I make a broth out of them as described above. I freeze the broth in an ice cube tray. When I want to add some broth to a recipe, just pop out an ice cube tray. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2018
It was just ok. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2015
I don't use tomato paste. I freeze vegetable trimmings and bones that I would normally discard. When I get a good amount, I make a broth out of them as described above. I freeze the broth in an ice cube tray. When I want to add some broth to a recipe, just pop out an ice cube tray. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2015
Save beef, chicken, pork, lamb bones to Kay this delish nutrient rich broth. I leave the tomato paste out because I use this broth in place of store bought broth in all my recipes. Here's another trick. All those pieces and peels of veggies you have when you cook...keep a container in the freezer. Toss the remnants in the container. Every month. Cook yourself up more bone broth. I do mine in a slow cooker for at least 24 hours. The longer it cooks the more concentrated the flavor. Stay away from using cruciferous veggies in the pot. They can leave a weird after taste. Use everything else. I add dried or fresh herbs towards the end. Dried mushrooms and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for brightness. Totally optional. I let the mixture cool, strain to get the bits out, and then pour into quart or pint mason jars and freeze. Leave about an inch of space between the broth and the jar lid. They keep in the freezer for 6 months. Again, use in place of store bought stock. It is so worth it. Easy clean up with a slow cooker liner. You can make it in a stock pot on the stove or in the oven. Low and slow is best. Pressure cooker if you're in a hurry. Add more water if necessary to keep everything surged if you are cooking on the stove, slow cooker, or oven. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2016
I didn't use the tomato paste but otherwise follow the recipe. I have read recently that adding about 1/4 cup vinegar to the water and letting the bones sit in it for about half hour before turning on the heat help leach more minerals out of the bones so I always do this now with all my broth. Always have homemade broth in the freezer so handy and much cheaper tastier and healthier than store bought! Love drinking on it's own esp during the winter Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2016
Good basic ingredient for an onion soup on this website. I had 4 neck bones and I rubbed them with tomato paste that comes in a squeeze tube. The bones were fatty so the tomato paste sort of slid around. I was unable to coat the bones but I clumped the paste on the bones and it did just fine. I cooked it in the crock pot less than the 24 hours(about 18) because I was tired of the house smelling like beef soup. After straining I had 5 cups of very dark broth (the color of black coffee) which I used in Chef John's American onion soup recipe. Will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2016
I made this and used it as a base in beef stew. Beef stew is something I have been making (similar to the way my husband's mom made it) for close to 10 years and I have always felt it was missing something. This was it! when making the stew I added water only 2 beef boullion garlic powder oregano and pepper and it was great! I may play with seasonings next time but will make this recipe the same! Very good! Thank you for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2016
Excellent flavorful broth. Next time I may add some white wine as part of the water. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2018
I made this but instead of tomato paste I used a large can of crushed tomatoes then 4 celery ribs 1/2 Of a small red onion & 1 large carrot. After all the marrow was gone from bones I took them out. I simmered for more then 24 hours. This took a two day period then added a 16 oz. Bag of mixed frozen veggies. The soup was amazing & loved by all! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2016
This was wonderful broth that I made into a beef and vegetable soup. I will do this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2018
I followed the recipe as it was written. Made a very rich broth. I used the beef bones, I personally like beef better. I also pulled out the bay leaf and blended the vegetables and fat left over into a paste consistent. I put into my ice tray to freeze and will use it when I make any stews. It will add more flavor to my stews. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2018
It was just ok. Read More