Bone broth is all the rage in the keto and paleo communities. Packed with collagen and a variety of other nutrients, including hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, calcium, and magnesium among them.
A cursory look on the Interwebs will provide lists of health benefits from a variety of sources:
- Reduction is inflammation.
- Bone and joint healing/support.
- Healing digestive conditions by sealing and healing holes in the gut lining (i.e. leaky gut)
- Helpful in weight loss.
- Improved hair, skin and nails.
- Improved sleep.
And this is just to make a few. Bone broth is a much more nutritious and delicious choice for any recipe calling for “stock”. It’a also usually much more nutritious than most commercially made broths.
But I’m not here to argue why you should consume none broth. I’m just here to share an easy way using an Instant Pot (a tool that should be in every kitchen!) to make it that I use every other week or so.
How to Make Bone Broth with an Instant Pot
Fill your pot around half full with bones (beef, chicken, pork, fish or a combination). Add enough water to cover the bones along with ¼ cup of raw cider vinegar. Allow this to sit for at least 30 minutes.
Seal your Instant Pot and run it on the ‘Soup’ setting for 120 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
Once released, open it up and add 4 pieces of dried kelp (or other dried seaweed) and fill the pot ¾ full with vegetable scraps. Add water until it is ⅞ full or so: (*I have a 12-cup pot so I fill the water level to 10 cups.)
Close the Instant pot and run it again on the ‘Soup’ setting for 120 minutes. (*Omit doing it twice if you're using only fish bones. Consider running a 3rd round if using very large beef bones.) Allow the Pressure to release naturally.
Allow to cool then strain all the bones and veggies out of the broth. Store in glass jars in the fridge or freezer. I also freeze mine in ½ cup portions using my silicon muffin pan. If you do use a silicon muffin pan, make sure you put it on a cookie tray or something else hard before pouring into it (It’s a pain in the ass to get it on a tray without spilling if you forget).
My husband and I both drink ½ cup of bone broth every day when we break fast (we follow a daily intermittent fasting protocol.) I usually add turmeric, cayenne, black pepper, dukes powder, ground ginger and Himalayan pink sea salt to mine to add to the health benefits. It’s a great way to set your stomach up for a day of healthy eating!
Do you make your own bone broth? If so, how do you do it? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. :)