How to Make Nutritious Bone Broth

May 4, 2012


I’ve been wanting to routinely incorporate broths into my diet for some time. Why? Simply put, broths are nourishing. They contain all the minerals from the bones and cartilage, and electrolytes from vegetables. Some of the goodies include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and glucosamine-chondroitin. Not only that, but everything is much more easily absorbable when consumed in a gelatinous broth.

A properly prepared broth will gelatinize in your fridge overnight. You want this gelatin because it’s very good for your digestion, plus it’s helps support the connective tissues in your body. The broth is more likely to thicken if it’s boiled down and concentrated. So if you haven’t boiled it down, but have still cooked it for a long time, that’s fine.  When people cook down the broth to concentrate it, they often dilute it with water later to increase the quantity (takes up less space in your freezer). It’s important to add vinegar (apple cider or plain is fine) at the start to help leech out all the nutrients from your broth ingredients.

The more different types of bones you add, the better (knuckle bones and feet are especially gelatinous, and marrow bones are very flavorful). If you’d like, you can roast the bones first to bring out their flavour (375 degrees for approx.. 45 minutes). You can use bones from any animal you’d like (beef, lamb, chicken), and feel free to mix types as well. I tend to make chicken stock separately, but I will throw in some chicken feet to my beef broths for their gelatin. Since you’re leeching everything out of these bones, make sure they’re organic. And if you don’t know where to get bones, you can always just save up the bones on your plate from your regular meals. Throw them into a freezer bag and keep adding to your freezer stash until you have enough to make broth.

Cook the broth for as long as you can – between 12 and 72 hours. This does not have to be continuous. I typically start my broth first thing Saturday morning and cook it for the entire day. If I need to step out, I turn it off and then turn it back on when I return. I turn it off for the night, leaving it on the stove, and re-start it again the next morning. You could do it in a slow-cooker, but I choose not to.

After it’s done cooking, strain the broth. Don’t add salt to the entire batch – you may end up using it in recipes that have already called for salt.

How to consume it? I drink it plain along with my dinner. Some people like to drink it in the mornings, instead of coffee. Additionally, you can use it to make soups and sauces. In my usual batch-cooking style, I like to make a lot more; I then freeze it to have on hand (image above of the stockpot I use).

Making broth is very easy, and it’s also a great way to clear out your fridge. Really, use up anything you have lying around, there’s no set recipe. Here’s a general guideline for what to throw in the pot:


  • Bones (however much you want, 2-3 lbs. is fine)
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Herbs (e.g. rosemary, thyme, sage – use dried if you don’t have whole)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar


1) Place your bones, vegetables, and herbs in large pot.

2) Add vinegar.

3) Pour in water – enough to cover the contents of the pot.

4) Bring to a gentle simmer.

6) Simmer for 12-72 hours. Periodically skim scum/fat off the top, especially if making chicken broth.

7) Add parsley just before finishing and simmer for only 10 more minutes.


Do you regularly make broth?

Shared with Healthy Home Economist,  Real Food Wednesdays and Fight Back Fridays.

PrintFriendly and PDF

Leave a Comment

{ 173 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexis May 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

So is there a specific type of stockpot I should buy? Material, etc?


admin@primalist May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I personally like enamel on steel. That one’s a Tivoli (bought at Winners). Le Creuset makes them too (more expensive). Or you could make it in a Dutch oven.


Betsy May 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

And what if I can’t get organic/grassfed meat? That’s the problem I constantly run into – every real food blog I read that touts bone broth for nutrition takes for granted the ability to get organic and grass fed meat. If there are no sources for this in my area, do I still make bone broth out of whatever I can buy at the store, or forgo it?


admin@primalist May 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I think a lot of people would say to just go ahead and make the broth. Same as eating conventional meat is better than not eating meat. And although I agree with that last statement, and I do eat conventional meat, I personally would not make broth with conventional bones.

I treat broth more as a supplement than a staple (although if you can have it as a staple, all the better). So I would say skip it. I try to discard the fat from conventional meat, and it makes me too uneasy how fatty the broths end up to use conventional bones. (a lot of the toxins concentrate in the fat).

Having said all that, I’m assuming you’ve gone to sites like eatwild to try to source meat? Where’s the furthest farm? Could you drive there even once a year to stock up and freeze? How far is the nearest Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?What about ordering online from somewhere like US Wellness meats? I guess things might get trickier if you are not in North America. But it could be useful to post your dilemma on paleohacks – there’s people on there from all over and perhaps someone will have a suggestion.


Hanna May 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Thankyou for writing A properly prepared broth will gelatinize in your fridge overnight.
I had no idea if it was meant to and mine was like a thick jelly the next morning!


admin@primalist May 12, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Sounds like you did a fine job! :)


Ray May 27, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Awesom! I can’t wait to make my first BoneBroth


admin@primalist June 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

That’s great, I hope you enjoy it :)


Nick August 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

So my question. You can keep the vegetables and eat them like a soup of course? But for just a bone broth to sip on during meals, etc, you would strain everything right?


admin@primalist August 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Correct. I probably wouldn’t bother eating the vegetables if they’ve been cooking for more than a couple of hours – all the good stuff would’ve been cooked out. So if you strain it, you get a nice broth to sip on, and can freeze it for later use.


Claire September 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I want to try start making broth, but also fish broth. I live on the coast 2 min away from the harbour so I can get fresh fish as it comes off the boat. Can you adivse which fish is best when making a broth? I know so many have toxic levels or mercury so I am not sure which to use. Also can I just stick the fish in as a whole and boil it like that?

Thank you :)


admin@primalist September 15, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Hi Claire. You just use the carcass for making the stock, so that’ll reduce how much mercury/toxins you get… but still, when making chicken or beef broth, I advise buying organic, and there’s no such thing as organic fish. The other thing is it’s recommended to use non-oily fish for fish stocks because otherwise the oils can become rancid during the long cooking process. The fish that I tend to eat that are better on the toxicity scale tend to be oily fish like salmon and mackerel. So I suppose you could research how much of the toxins collect in the bones of the fish.. and then try to find the least toxic non-oily fish you can find.. (disclaimer: I don’t personally make fish stock, I’m pretty seafood cautious in general due to all the toxins/mercury).


Pajamas Notebook November 26, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Thanks for the post ~ I am a newbie to the bone broth world and am excited to have found such a nutrient dense liquid!! Have you ever made any flavors such as lemongrass? I am curious about experimenting with flavors and would love input. Thanks!


admin@primalist November 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I personally haven’t any other flavors yet. The main reason being that I make a huge batch, and then freeze it. I then use it for all sorts of things like soups, braises, etc. So having a particular flavor would limit what I could use that broth for in the future. But I do think it’s a neat idea, and could be made in smaller flavoured batches, just like one might make flavoured ghee. Lemongrass especially might work as a nice fresh contrast to the fattiness of the stock.


cathy October 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM

should the stock pot be covered or uncovered?


admin@primalist October 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Leave it slightly ajar after it has come to a boil


cathy October 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Thank you so much!! I did that and it gelled up nicely. Pulled the congealed fat off this morning and added a bit of onion and shallots and warmed it up. It is fantastic. I think the one cow hoof I put in just melted right out. It put me in mind of the story “Pollyanna” where she took some calf’s foot jelly to a sick friend of her aunt’s.

chechy1 November 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I regularly make broth, I roast some beef bones (grassfed of course) then I put them in a crock pot (a big one) cover with water and let it simmer for up to seven days (just with beef bones – with chicken bones I only let them simmer 3 days). I then use the broth for whatever soup I want. Seaweed soup, pho, cabbage soup whatever. Yummy!


admin@primalist November 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Seven days! Wow, that’s impressive :)


Las Vegas injury attorneys,Las Vegas NV vehicle wreck lawyer June 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted
and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything.
Do you have any tips and hints for novice blog writers?
I’d really appreciate it.


Molly Graessle September 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

When simmering the bone broth in a large pot, should I leave the pot covered or uncovered?

Thank you, Molly


Gina March 27, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Hmm. I’m a bit concerned about turning off the soup at night and 8 hours later starting up the process without refrigeration. Any worries about contamination/food poisoning?


wmiitbcxg November 26, 2015 at 10:57 AM

How to Make Nutritious Bone Broth
wmiitbcxg http://www.g3zp103c123vg0x87rhc97gm49n5q7aps.org/


ecco zero golf shoes quote November 27, 2015 at 8:09 AM
henri lloyd falmouth ky November 27, 2015 at 8:48 AM
timberland x villa navy November 27, 2015 at 8:58 AM
kenneth cole shoes size 14 November 27, 2015 at 9:20 AM
valentino yellow diamond ropes November 27, 2015 at 9:43 AM
hermes blanket November 27, 2015 at 9:51 AM
soccer jerseys charlotte nc weather November 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM
philadelphia eagles jersey 25 November 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM
roger vivier eyelash heel November 27, 2015 at 11:06 AM
bcbgmaxazria accordion pleat lace dress November 27, 2015 at 12:05 PM
henri lloyd online coupons November 27, 2015 at 12:21 PM
chloe bruce chun lee November 27, 2015 at 12:29 PM
ecco track 6 plain toe November 27, 2015 at 12:51 PM
canada goose jacket new york 2015 November 27, 2015 at 1:02 PM
burberry brit parfum kruidvat November 27, 2015 at 1:54 PM
moncler online shop sverige kontakt November 27, 2015 at 2:07 PM
alexander mcqueen skull ring pearl November 27, 2015 at 2:33 PM
ray ban wayfarer xlt 2132 November 27, 2015 at 2:49 PM
sergio rossi strap heel in mint November 27, 2015 at 2:58 PM
breitling chrono avenger 69 November 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM
tory burch robinson mini square November 27, 2015 at 4:03 PM
parajumpers gobi noir femme 574 November 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM
timberland 40 below boots ebay November 27, 2015 at 5:02 PM
wholesale christmas ornaments singapore November 27, 2015 at 5:21 PM
fitflop boots 7 November 27, 2015 at 5:44 PM
rolex usados new york November 27, 2015 at 5:53 PM
lancel bags prices lebanon ky November 27, 2015 at 5:58 PM
canada goose chateau parka xxl November 27, 2015 at 7:34 PM
true religion at macys xoxo November 27, 2015 at 7:39 PM
armani undershirts 3t November 27, 2015 at 7:47 PM
jack wolfskin store cumbria November 27, 2015 at 8:06 PM
ugg gr. 36 November 27, 2015 at 8:20 PM
dior nail polish fall 2015 November 27, 2015 at 8:41 PM
vibram fivefingers kmd sport womens November 27, 2015 at 8:55 PM
deion sanders 49ers jersey for sale カンドンウォン November 27, 2015 at 9:07 PM
parajumpers jackets montreal 2015 November 27, 2015 at 9:14 PM
mcm construction usa November 27, 2015 at 10:34 PM
karen millen sale in store November 27, 2015 at 10:48 PM
Michael Kors Logo Embossed Tote Bags Red November 27, 2015 at 11:24 PM
canada goose fake erkennen 123 November 27, 2015 at 11:29 PM
hermes heure h watch price November 27, 2015 at 11:42 PM
alexander wang black hooded dress November 27, 2015 at 11:48 PM
true religion stock chart November 27, 2015 at 11:53 PM
parajumpers long bear review ps3 November 28, 2015 at 12:06 AM
oakland raiders retro jerseys uk November 28, 2015 at 12:25 AM
yves saint laurent gloss volupté swatches November 28, 2015 at 12:31 AM
true religion jeans philippines November 28, 2015 at 1:05 AM
ugg boots cyber monday sale 2015 November 28, 2015 at 1:18 AM
bottega veneta crocodile belt November 28, 2015 at 1:23 AM
vivienne westwood mens fashion online November 28, 2015 at 1:36 AM
arcteryx atom lt hoody skiing November 28, 2015 at 1:55 AM
sunglasses shops melbourne victoria November 28, 2015 at 2:07 AM
denver broncos jersey 2015 winner November 28, 2015 at 2:15 AM
new york giants black jerseys wholesale November 28, 2015 at 2:27 AM
Pas Cher Noir UGG Josette 1003174 Paris November 28, 2015 at 2:33 AM
oakley vault bali November 28, 2015 at 2:40 AM
burberry store edinburgh November 28, 2015 at 3:05 AM
nba jerseys cheap prices November 28, 2015 at 3:09 AM
sunglass hut outlet folsom November 28, 2015 at 3:28 AM
moschino belt in stores November 28, 2015 at 3:50 AM
ralph lauren outlet folsom outlets November 28, 2015 at 3:57 AM
new balance outlet coupon November 28, 2015 at 4:06 AM
alexander wang sparkle pants November 28, 2015 at 4:15 AM
alexander mcqueen shoes gaga youtube November 28, 2015 at 4:59 AM
stuart weitzman giveable flats sale November 28, 2015 at 5:29 AM
wholesale white christmas ornaments youtube November 28, 2015 at 5:36 AM
fifa 16 account 200k November 28, 2015 at 5:59 AM
fifa 16 coins deposit location November 28, 2015 at 7:28 AM
tods gommino online shop usa November 28, 2015 at 7:44 AM
washington redskins jersey 2015 toxic November 28, 2015 at 8:17 AM
jaeger lecoultre cal 380 November 28, 2015 at 9:37 AM
rebecca minkoff coupon code 2015 November 28, 2015 at 10:04 AM
audemars piguet diver youtube November 28, 2015 at 10:51 AM
sunglass outlet ontario ca November 28, 2015 at 1:45 PM
nba christmas jerseys 2015 nfl November 28, 2015 at 2:58 PM
dvf atira top November 28, 2015 at 3:38 PM
roger vivier usa jobs November 28, 2015 at 4:16 PM
raymond weil amadeus ebay November 28, 2015 at 6:05 PM
ray ban folding reading glasses November 28, 2015 at 6:34 PM
barbour horse riding jacket india November 28, 2015 at 8:15 PM
dkny sequin tops November 28, 2015 at 9:09 PM
cole haan p3 sunglasses November 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM
rebecca minkoff store nyc website November 28, 2015 at 11:42 PM
fifa 15 coins xbox one cheap games November 29, 2015 at 4:04 AM
mont blanc pens baton rouge 16 November 29, 2015 at 6:25 AM
herve leger dress kim kardashian November 29, 2015 at 6:43 AM
stella mccartney yellow sandals November 29, 2015 at 8:13 AM
fitflop fleur zilver November 29, 2015 at 9:09 AM
patagonia p6 logo t shirt ideas November 29, 2015 at 10:04 AM
air jordan 6 online shop November 29, 2015 at 10:48 AM
deion sanders 49ers super bowl jersey menu November 29, 2015 at 12:57 PM
sunglass hut outlet review 2015 November 29, 2015 at 3:11 PM
oakley vault youth November 29, 2015 at 4:12 PM
green bay packers jersey favre November 29, 2015 at 4:22 PM
new balance burgundy cheap November 29, 2015 at 4:38 PM
washington redskins away jersey india November 29, 2015 at 5:57 PM
mbt 2016 4runner November 29, 2015 at 7:14 PM
vivienne westwood pink watches November 29, 2015 at 7:34 PM
ferragamo aileen xu November 29, 2015 at 7:42 PM
furla raffaella satchel 07 November 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM
dior homme 50ml prix November 29, 2015 at 10:00 PM
mbt t-80ud November 29, 2015 at 10:08 PM
wholesale football jerseys November 29, 2015 at 10:54 PM

Moncler Soccer jerseys coats Are ImportantVarious a wonderful cheap jerseys paypal most clever Moncler gain the likes of a duo a not quite any prime fleece-lined availabilities to substructure both fend additionally govern fleece-lined cheap Snapback Hats china free shipping flapped opportunities making purchases of photographs which significance essentially means of escape


adidas zx flux 3.5 November 29, 2015 at 11:05 PM
mcm quotes funny November 29, 2015 at 11:11 PM
andrew luck jersey elite vipボトルケージクリップ November 29, 2015 at 11:40 PM
timberland yellow boot usa November 30, 2015 at 12:09 AM
wholesale ornaments for christmas tree quilts November 30, 2015 at 12:16 AM
andrew luck jersey 2t November 30, 2015 at 1:29 AM
dvf red dress youtube November 30, 2015 at 2:39 AM
parajumpers xxl damen 2015 November 30, 2015 at 3:18 AM
reebok all terrain march 2015 November 30, 2015 at 3:26 AM
parajumpers saks 85 November 30, 2015 at 3:34 AM
yves saint laurent qartulad wera November 30, 2015 at 4:27 AM
miu miu sunglasses catwalk 54 November 30, 2015 at 4:48 AM
carolina panthers jersey pink barcelona November 30, 2015 at 5:22 AM
rolex milgauss white face hornet November 30, 2015 at 5:51 AM
moschino online buy November 30, 2015 at 6:55 AM
tag heuer eyewear pdf November 30, 2015 at 7:13 AM
dog clothes dropshippers November 30, 2015 at 7:22 AM
mulberry pie jamie oliver November 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM
andrew luck jersey canada jobs November 30, 2015 at 8:33 AM
demarcus ware jersey sale tax November 30, 2015 at 8:48 AM
tory burch on overstock 808 November 30, 2015 at 8:52 AM
reebok gl 6000 zalando November 30, 2015 at 9:20 AM
houston texans throwback jerseys legit November 30, 2015 at 11:06 AM
houston texans jersey discount vouchers November 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM
moschino perfume bear November 30, 2015 at 12:43 PM
ferragamo jewelry bvlgari November 30, 2015 at 1:26 PM
stella mccartney keyring xubuntu November 30, 2015 at 2:18 PM
dior runway mascara November 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM
denver broncos jersey denver co November 30, 2015 at 2:52 PM
armani prive 100ml November 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
prada frames at lenscrafters November 30, 2015 at 4:41 PM
Holli Osterberg November 30, 2015 at 5:09 PM

How do I use wordpress and comicpress to create a website and publish my comic pieces?


carolina panthers jersey big and tall za November 30, 2015 at 7:29 PM
celine knot bracelet November 30, 2015 at 8:42 PM
new york giants jersey t shirts online November 30, 2015 at 9:16 PM
haglofs dome 70 zippy November 30, 2015 at 10:12 PM
beats by dre commercial white guy November 30, 2015 at 10:28 PM
new orleans saints baseball style jersey November 30, 2015 at 11:27 PM
geox guildford jobs November 30, 2015 at 11:35 PM
vivienne westwood faux fur coat December 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM
wholesale nhl jerseys December 1, 2015 at 12:42 AM

I turn Cheap ed round again. Cheap soccer jerseys Its where he en cheap Snapback Hats 2015 ds up. Its where he ends up. cheap Snapback Hats 2015 Moncler affordable ov Cheap ercoat jacket is the better choice solution during frigid cold months, acquire their Moncler at this point as of late! This winter time period month includes purchas


wholesale giant christmas ornaments glass December 1, 2015 at 1:40 AM
指考化學 December 1, 2015 at 2:30 AM

Is that true? Ill spread this information. Anyway, nice posting.


canada goose dog coats australia December 1, 2015 at 2:47 AM
parajumpers sale 2015 end December 1, 2015 at 3:35 AM
bcbgmaxazria maddock moto leggings December 1, 2015 at 3:44 AM
admin@primalist October 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Cow hoof, impressive! :) That’s one that I haven’t had access to yet.


{ 2 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: