Crockpot Bone Broth is a great way to get the benefits of bone broth while enjoying easy crockpot meals. Using the crockpot is an excellent, hands free way to cook nourishing broth which can be used alone or in recipes.
You might wonder what is the difference between crockpot bone broth and slow cooker bone broth. To put it simply - Nothing.
A crockpot is the same thing as a slow cooker. So the two can be used interchangeably.
I grew up calling it a crockpot so, all my recipes have that in the name. For a detailed list, see my Easy Crockpot Meals page.
Why Use the Crockpot or Slow Cooker?
Using a crockpot for making broth is easy and safe. A crockpot is safe to leave unattended as long as you follow a few safety precautions like
- periodically checking the cord for cuts or fraying
- be sure to set the crockpot on a hard level surface with the cord away from the edge
- the outside of the housing unit gets hot so keep away from young children or other surfaces
Benefits of Bone Broth
There are many Health Benefits of Bone Broth and you can check out the link to see many of them, but here are a few highlights.
- helps heal and seal the gut
- encourages nail and hair growth
- is a good source of minerals
- fights inflammation
Crock Pot Bone Broth Step by Step
As with many of the quick crockpot meals found on my Easy Crockpot Meals page, you just put all the ingredients in the crockpot, cook and go!
Here are the individual steps:
- Add all ingredients to a crockpot
- Cover with water and cook on low for 24 - 48 hours. Adjust the amount of water to fit the size of your crockpot.
- Allow the broth to cool slightly, and pour through a strainer into a large pot or container. You can either discard the vegetables or use them in your broth.
- The broth is ready to use.
Does This Work for All Types of Bone Broth?
Whether you use grass fed beef, chicken, fish or pork bones, the crockpot is a great way to make them into healthy broth.
What is the Difference Between Broth and Stock?
Bone broth is allowed to cook for a long time slowly simmering to help extract the nutrients, minerals and gelatin. Therefore, bone broth is very healthy and nutritious.
Stock is cooked for a much shorter time and while it will have some gelatin, it does not have nearly as much as bone broth.
What Type of Bones Should I Use?
The best bones to use are good quality - from grass fed animals. Using a variety of bones is also good as that gives a diverse nutritional profile.
Using bones with some meat left adds even more flavor. I like to use long bones and knuckles or joints.
Is Chicken or Beef Bones Healthier for Making Broth?
According to my affiliate Kettle and Fire:
Chicken bones may be less dense than heavy beef bones, and they do contain less collagen, but the magic of chicken bone broth is all in the feet. Yes, chicken feet contain collagen (more so than beef bones), which yields a bone broth higher in protein.
How Many Times Can Bones Be Used?
There is nothing wrong with starting with fresh bones each time you make a new batch of broth but it is possible to stretch your dollars by reusing them.
Bones can be re-used multiple times until they begin to get pitted and fall apart.
Many say you can use them up to 12 times but, I'm not sure where that number comes from. It is completely dependent upon the bones you have.
Once bones begin to be easy to dent and break into, I throw them away and start over.
What Makes Bone Broth Gel?
The collagen found in the bones is broken down and dissolved into the water as the bones are simmered. This can take at least 12 - 24 hours.
Adding a bit of vinegar to the water makes it more acidic and helps dissolve the collagen. The collagen when cooled, gels causing the broth to thicken.
The longer simmering time that is allowed, the more gelatin is extracted from the bones.
Does Drinking Bone Broth Help Regulate Your Bowels and Help You Poop?
One of the health benefits of bone broth is that it helps heal and seal your gut.
It can help your gut while supporting your digestion, decreasing inflammation and healing any damage to the intestinal wall.
So, drinking bone broth can help you go poop, regulating your bowels whether you are constipated or have chronic diarrhea.
How Do You Store the Broth After Cooking?
Store in airtight containers for up to 4 days, or put in the freezer until ready to use!
Can You Buy "Good" Bone Broth?
Yes, a good quality bone broth that I trust is from my affiliate Kettle and Fire. Each of their flavors tastes delicious but, it is less expensive to make your own and with this recipe, super easy!
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Crockpot Bone Broth
- 2 - 3 lbs bones from a whole chicken or beef bones
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice or 1/2 fresh lemon
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 8 - 12 cups water
- herbs if desired thyme, sage, oregano, garlic
- Add all ingredients to a crockpot.
- Cover with water and cook on low for 24 - 48 hours.
- Adjust the amount of water to fit the size of your crockpot.
- Allow broth to cool slightly, and pour through a strainer into a large pot or container.
- You can either discard the vegetables or use them in your broth.
- The broth is ready to use.
- Store in airtight containers for up to 4 days, or put in the freezer until ready to use!