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Easy Crockpot Bone Broth Recipe

by Heather

Bone broth is nutrient-packed and super simple to make. Learn why bone broth heals and how to make a delicious simple homemade crockpot bone broth! There are so many uses for bone broth and I’m sharing my favorite ways and recipes that use it!

Crockpot Bone Broth Recipe

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Recipe for bone broth

Homemade crockpot bone broth is incredibly easy to make!

All it takes is patience since it needs to simmer for close to 24 hours.

You can make it on the stovetop, however, I love the ease of using a crockpot to make bone broth because I don’t have to watch it.

Set it and forget it! That’s the beauty of allowing your crockpot to do the work for you. Start it in the morning, ad it’s ready the next morning!

what is bone broth

What is bone broth?

If you aren’t familiar with bone broth, I’m sure I can guess your first question.  What the heck is bone broth? Is it the same stuff I buy on the shelves at the store?

The short answer: nope.

The longer answer: Bone broth is basically stock. It differs from broth you buy in the store because of the longer traditional cooking method that draws out the minerals and amino acids (building blocks of protein).

Bone broth will typically be thicker and more gelatinous than, for example, store-bought shelf-stable broth.

Bone broth is also way lower in sodium, but doesn’t skimp on flavor.  

In fact, I find the flavor so much more appealing because it’s not just lots of salty sodium, but adds real flavor from the ingredients.

You get the benefits of chicken bone broth and the flavor, but without the excess sodium and added preservatives.

homemade chicken bone broth recipe

Can you buy it?

Of course, you can also find quality bone broth in the store as well now! I typically find it in the frozen section and now also shelf stable options (like Kettle and Fire).

It’s quite a bit more expensive than making it at home, but worth it if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own bone broth at home.

which bones should you use in bone broth?

Which bones should you use in bone broth?

To get a super gelatinous bone broth, chicken feet actually work really well! However, they can be hard to find.

The most affordable way to get bones is to save the bones from the meat that you cook. I keep a bag in the freezer (as you can see in the picture above), and I simply add bones from meals into it when we have them.

When it’s time to make bone broth, I grab the bones I need. It’s a simple trick!

You can also save vegetable ends and such like this too to use with your homemade broth.

apple cider vinegar in bone broth

Apple cider vinegar in bone broth

Adding apple cider vinegar to your slow cooker bone broth is really important. The ACV acid helps draw out the mineral and proteins in the bones.

While apple cider vinegar is my go-to, you can actually use any refined or unrefined vinegar in this recipe!

White vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and red wine vinegar are all good choices.

Another alternative is to use lemon juice as an alternative to vinegar. The acid is the important part.

how to make bone broth in a crockpot

Ingredients needed

  • animal bones (beef bones, a whole chicken, lamb bones, pork bones, etc)
  • celery stalks
  • carrots
  • onion 
  • garlic cloves
  • apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt

How to make it

Making crockpot bone broth is more of a method – the recipe is very forgiving and can be customized to use what you have on hand!

  1. In a 6-quart crockpot add the leftover bones (with any leftover meat removed) and veggie scraps.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar.
  3. Add the sea salt.
  4. Cover with enough water to the top and place the lid on.
  5. Simmer on low for 12-24 hours (the longer the better!).
  6. After 12-24 hours, remove the lid and allow the cooling process to start. Strain the liquid out using a fine mesh strainer, discard the bones/vegetables, and finish cooling the broth in the fridge uncovered. When the broth has cooled, remove the layer of fat that hardens at the top (there may be fat depending on the bones used).
  7. Store in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for use within 1 week, or freezer until you need it!

NOTE: You can also make bone broth on the stove top in a large stock pot or in an instant pot pressure cooker. Use a low simmer on the stovetop for a long cooking time or cook on high pressure for 30 minutes in the instant pot. If you don’t have a crock pot, those methods will work as well!

how to make bone broth in a crockpot

10+ reasons bone broth heals

Bone broth is filled with tons of amazing minerals and amino acids and is great for the immune system.

As the bones simmer for 24 hours, good for you nutrients like collagen, gelatin, glycosaminoglycans, glycine, proline, glutamine, bone marrow, and minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc are drawn out.

Bone broth helps with skin health because of its collagen content. Collagen helps with skin elasticity, and connective tissues, and improves skin moisture content.

Bone broth has other health benefits and helps with cardiovascular health, muscular health and performance, bones and joints, digestion, eye health, detoxification, brain health, mood and sleep, immune function, and my favorite, gut health.

Gut health is so critical.

Bone broth can help the body maintain good gut health by way of the gelatin that absorbs water, which then gives the gut a layer of mucus to keep gut microbes away from the intestinal barrier.

The benefits of homemade bone broth are great, and the flavor of delicious chicken bone broth makes it easy to enjoy!

easy homemade healthy chicken bone broth recipe

Uses of bone broth

You may only think of using a batch of bone broth in homemade soups that would typically call for broth or homemade chicken stock – which is a great way to start!

Here are other ways to include bone broth into your diet, to get the nutrients from it daily.

  • Drink a warm mug of it with a touch of sea salt (my favorite way!)
  • Use bone broth instead of water when cooking grains
  • Braise meats and vegetables with it
  • Blend bone broth with steamed vegetables for a quick and easy soup (and of course use in soup recipes that call for broth)
  • A base for gravy and sauces
  • Add it to smoothies as the liquid
  • Blend it in with pancakes and waffles
bone broth recipe slow cooker

Recipes that use bone broth

Easy Crockpot Recipe For Bone Broth
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Easy Crockpot Recipe for Bone Broth

Bone broth is nutrient-packed and super simple to make. Learn why bone broth heals and how to make a delicious simple homemade crockpot bone broth! There are so many uses for bone broth and I’m sharing my favorite ways and recipes that use it!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 d
Total Time1 d 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bone broth
Servings: 12
Author: Heather

Ingredients

  • 2 lb bones (beef, chicken, lamb, pork, etc)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves  (smash with your hand to open the smell)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • In a 6-quart crockpot add the leftover bones (with any leftover meat removed) and veggie scraps.
    how to make bone broth in a crockpot
  • Add the apple cider vinegar.
    how to make bone broth in a crockpot
  • Add the sea salt.
    how to make bone broth in a crockpot
  • Cover with enough water to the top and place the lid on.
    how to make bone broth in a crockpot
  • Simmer on low for 12-24 hours (the longer the better!).
    how to make bone broth in a crockpot
  • After 12-24 hours, remove the lid and allow the cooling process to start. Strain the liquid out using a fine mesh strainer, discard the bones/vegetables, and finish cooling the broth in the fridge uncovered. When the broth has cooled, remove the layer of fat that hardens at the top (there may be fat depending on the bones used).
    how to make bone broth in a crockpot
  • Store in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for use within 1 week, or freezer until you need it!
    how to make bone broth in a crockpot

Notes

You can also make bone broth on the stovetop in a large stock pot or in an instant pot pressure cooker. Use a low simmer on the stovetop for a long cooking time or cook on high pressure for 30 minutes in the instant pot. If you don’t have a crock pot, those methods will work as well!
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Easy Crockpot Recipe For Bone Broth

If you try this slow cooker chicken bone broth recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

Heather

*Originally published in January 2018. Updated November 2022.*

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Kate December 10, 2021 - 11:28 pm

I highly recommend leaving the fat! It is so so so good for you and adds warmth and nourishment to the broth and future soups, etc you may make with the broth! The fat is like the gold of the broth!

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Heather December 11, 2021 - 6:08 am

oh yes, you can totally leave it! Definitely based on preference 🙂

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