There aren’t many things more comforting than a good mug of soup on a cold day, are there? And a good soup’s game is upped when you use bone broth as its base. There are many recipes online for making bone broth in your crockpot and on your stove, but I’ll share how to make bone broth in my favorite kitchen appliance.
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The Crock Pot Express Multi-Cooker is pretty much my favorite appliance to use for beans, rice, roasts, soups, and recently, bone broth. It’s an awesome tool to cut back on dinner preparation times, and it can do a lot of things that a regular crock pot can’t.
As you may know, bone broth is usually a day-long endeavor if you want to make sure that all of the wonderful nutrients are pulled from the bones and vegetables you are using. However, it doesn’t need to take that long when you use a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot, or the Crock Pot Express.
Why Make Bone Broth?
I began making it sort of as a fluke. I could never stand throwing our baked chicken carcasses away when there was still meat on them. Back then, money was tighter, and I tried to stretch our dollars the best I could by using strawberry tops to make strawberry syrup, our stale bread for homemade croutons, and our banana peels for garden fertilizer. I also fed veggie scraps to the animals, and what they wouldn’t eat, I would compost.
I knew that soup could be made from the bones, so I started slow cooking them in water overnight (because I’m also kind of lazy after dinner). The result was a fantastic broth that I used in rice dishes, soups, and other dishes for extra added flavor. I can remember once refrigerating some beef broth and ending up with that I thought was a gross gelatinous mess! Little did I know back then that this was a good thing!
Now I make it according to the proper add-ACV-with-the-mother rules. I do this because I recently began an elimination diet to manage my anxiety, and bone broth is part of the plan. It’s used as a base for wonderful gut-healing soups, or even in a mug alongside some nuts for a snack.
Ali Miller, RD, author of The Anti-Anxiety Diet, believes that the glutamine in bone broth is helpful in supporting leaky gut issues. This conclusion seems to be supported in this study, which states that glutamine is a major nutrient to maintain intestinal barrier function in animals and humans.
In case you are wondering, my elimination diet comes from the book I mentioned before, The Anti-Anxiety Diet. In a nutshell, it’s all about removing inflammatory foods, repairing the gut, and restoring your body to its original ability to create serotonin on its own, decreasing anxiety. It’s a great read, and my body seems to be responding well to my new clean eating regimen. I am experiencing much less anxiety having been on the pre-diet part, which is simply just removing gluten, soy, corn, wheat, and sugar from my diet.
What Others Say About Bone Broth
Bone broth has been hailed as a fix to things from joint issues to gut health, and then some. While there are some who feel that bone broth is more of a fad than helpful to the consumer, other studies seem to support its use in a roundabout way.
This study shows that collagen supplementation (from chicken bones) resulted in improvement of knee joint symptoms in knee osteoarthritis patients. However, according to this article by Harvard Medical School’s website, Harvard Health Publishing, there isn’t much scientific evidence to directly link bone broth to all the healing powers it is touted to correct.
Whatever side of the fence you fall on, there is really nothing like a hot nutritious bowl of soup or broth to “fix what ails ya”. Bone broth is where all of that fantastic-ness starts. And when made with plenty of nutritious vegetables, you have a nutrient-packed, cold-busting, healthy, homemade mug of goodness in your hands.
How to Make Bone Broth
Bone broth doesn’t take a whole lot of effort. All you need are some bones, some vegetables, and a vessel to simmer it for a long time. Unless you are using a pressure cooker! Both ways work very well, and because the Crock Pot Express is a pressure cooker and a slow cooker, I’ll provide instructions in the notes for making crockpot bone broth.
For good measure, use the best quality ingredients, such as pasture-raised/organic meat, grass fed butter, and organic produce. If you don’t have that, do your best with what you’ve got. There will still be benefits.
QUICK TIP: If you never seem to have all the ingredients for your bone broth recipe at the same time, after roasting the bones from whatever meat choice you choose, freeze them. In addition, try freezing veggie scraps until you have enough to make a big batch of bone broth. Don’t forget to freeze all the juices from your roasted meat–they will help flavor your broth beautifully!
Crock Pot Express Bone Broth
More Bone Broth Ideas
You don’t have to only use chicken or beef bones for your bone broth. Do you hunt? You can contribute to the idea of “using the whole animal” by making bone broth out of your leftover antelope bones. How about using up the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving for some wonderful turkey bone broth? The possibilities are endless for making bone broth!
I sometimes like to home pressure can my bone broth, which makes it last a lot longer and doesn’t take up space in my freezer. It’s so nice to be able to grab my own homemade bone broth off the shelf and know that it’s healthy, nutritious, and ready to go!