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large beef bones in a stock pot

Simple Bone Broth Recipe

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Make healthy, nutritious bone broth for maximum health benefits


  • 45  pounds of bones – your choice of chicken, beef, or pork
  • 6 quarts of water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • (optional) vegetables:
    • 2 carrots, chopped in large pieces
    • 1 whole onion, peeled and leave whole
    • 2 celery ribs, roughly chopped
  • Sea salt to tatse


  1. (optional) If using beef bones, roast them first at 375 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes. This helps the bone broth taste much deeper, and richer
  2. Put the roasted or unroasted bones in a large stockpot (or slow cooker (on Amazon)).
  3. Add optional vegetables, if using. Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (this helps extract the nutrients)
  4. Add enough water to cover the bones (and vegetables) plus 1 inch
  5. If using a stockpot on the stove – cover with lid, bring to a boil and immediately reduce to low. If using slow cooker (on Amazon), just turn it on low.
  6. Cook for 10-12 hours at least, up to a maximum of 24 house to extract the most flavor and nutrients from the bones
  7. Remove solid ingredients with a strainer.

Once cooled, refrigerate and use within several days, or freeze for up to 3 months.


If you’re using beef bones you might want to simmer for the total 24 hours. If using chicken bones, 8 – 12 hours will be enough. You know it’s done when the broth has a rich golden color. See recipe post for other notes about (save the fat for cooking later, store in paper cups, store in 1-cup portions, and use bones from same animal otherwise it will taste funny!)

  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Method: slow cook