Nourishing slow simmered beef bone broth is what your body craves, deliciously simple to make and cures whatever ails you.
Beef bone broth is made from a handful of simple ingredients using only grass-fed beef bones, some pantry vegetables and a lot of love.
Beef bone broth is an old school recipe. However, it has certainly never gone out of style. Do you remember when your mom or grandmother used to have a pot of broth simmering and the whole house would smell amazing? There are no fancy ingredients or special supplies needed to make this beef bone broth, but just lots of time.
You are just going to love nourishing slow simmered beef bone broth because it is loaded with vitamins, minerals and gelatin which is fantastic for a healthy gut and is nourishing our arthritic tendons and joints. If you want to learn more about the health benefits of beef bone broth check out this POST
A nourishing slow simmered beef bone broth is rich and delicious and needs time for the flavors to develop. A crock pot is a convenient and safe place to make bone broth. This batch of bone broth simmered for over 32 hours and look at that rich dark color of the broth!!! They say you can make beef bone broth in 12-48 hours but I say the longer time the better.
You may wish to drink the beef bone broth just hot and steamy in a mug with just a little pinch of salt. There are many people who do this to treat and prevent leaky gut syndrome. The gelatin in bone broth has an amino acid called glutamine, which is great for improving digestive health. There are about a million different ways that I love to use nourishing slow simmered beef bone broth, just because it taste amazing.
Our family loves this nourishing slow simmered beef bone broth in our Easy Beef Phở with Oodles of Noodles. Have you ever tried our Five Spiced Beef Diakon Noodle Soup? If you are looking for a delicious Sunday Supper our Tuscan Slow Cooked Braised Beef in Wine Sauce is surely not to disappoint. We also freeze our Nourishing Slow Simmered Beef Bone Broth in little ice cube trays and then place in a freezer baggies to store in the freezer. Whenever, we need a little broth we take out a cube or 2 and add to sauces or gravies and it is really delicious and convenient.
Last night, we placed a big kettle of bone broth on the stovetop and added a few slices of ginger, 2 star anise, a few whole white peppercorns and a dash of salt. We prepared some pad Thai rice noodles on the side and also stir fried a little thinly sliced beef, garlic, and vegetables. We then placed a handful of the noodles into a big serving bowl, poured over the delicious bone broth (after removing the ginger, star anise and white peppercorns) and topped with the beef and vegetable stir fry. Be sure to check out our Easy Beef Pho with Oodles of Noodles Recipe. It is so delicious!
We started making bone broth years ago but never had a slow cooker until just this last month. A special thank you to our dear friend Lynne who has outfitted our kitchen with a proper crock pot device that has both a low and high setting and can even set the number of hours.
You can make bone broth from chicken bones, grass-fed beef bones or even pork bones. A Chinese recipe favorite, especially in this cooler damp weather, is pork soup with Chinese green carrots, orange carrots, Chinese almonds, dried Chinese dates and ginger. However, in Asia we usually do not roast the bones as ovens are not usually available but instead they blanch the pork first and then do lots of skimming. As the green carrots are cooling, a little bit of ginger is added to warm and balance the soup.
Tricks to making and storing Nourishing Slow Simmered Beef Bone Broth
1) Roast your bones for at least an hour. If you like, you can even roast your vegetables and that adds another dimension of flavor. I sometimes like to add whole peppercorns or other herbs and whole spices to our bone broths for added flavor.
2) Slowly simmer your Nourishing Slow Simmered Beef Bone Broth over at least 12-48 hours but longer is ALWAYS better.
3) Safety First! Be cognizant on where you place your crock pot and where you plug it in. ( We place our crock pot directly over the stove burners, just to be extra careful)
4) If you are concerned about leaving the house or sleeping whilst your crock pot is on low, turn it off. Keep the crock pot lid on as it will still be piping hot when you wake up in am. Then, turn your crock pot back on low to restart your slow simmering process.
5) Once your beef bone broth is done cooking, allow to cool before putting it in the refrigerator.
6) Once your beef bone broth is cool, place in the refrigerator. Once it cools completely, the fat will rise up to the top and can be skimmed off with a spoon. Underneath you are left with a gelatin beef bone broth it looks like jello beef bone broth. If your beef bone broth turned into gelatin, you did it right. Don't worry as soon as it is reheated, it will turn back into a broth.
7) If your nourishing beef broth did not turn into gelatin after being placed in the refrigerator, maybe you used too much water to bone ratio, sometimes if you just cook it longer some of the water will evaporate and more of the gelatin from the bones will cook down.
7) If you wish, you can keep your bone broth in the refrigerator in a glass jar for up to 3 days but after that it must be frozen and used within 3 months.
8) We like to freeze our nourishing slow simmered beef broth in large ice-cube trays or muffin silicon moulds and then place in a freezer bag. These are the perfect little half cup sized cubes to add to gravies and sauces.
9) What do you do if you cannot find cheese cloth??? Use sterile medical gauze, of course. LOL That is what we did and it worked just fine.
Sometimes you don't have enough time or resources to make your own homemade nourishing slow simmer beef bone broth. Kettle & Fire makes their own organic 100% grass-fed beef bone broth in convenient little cartons that you can store at room temperature in your pantry and they are delivered directly to you. Of course once they are opened, they must be stored in the refrigerator for up to a max of 3 days or frozen. How convenient is that! They make their beef broth with marrow bones from pasture-raised, 100% grass-fed cows, organic carrots, organic onions, organic celery, organic bay leaves, organic parsley, apple cider vinegar, a pinch of black peppercorn, sea salt, and thyme.
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Nourishing Slow Simmered Beef Bone Broth
- 3-4 pounds beef bones
(organic grass fed cows) bones and cuts of meat high in collagen, like marrow, knuckles, and feet.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 carrots
- 3 stalks celery sliced thick
- 2 yellow onions
peeled and chopped
- water enough to cover bones
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- optional items few peppercorns, herbs, spices (only if you wish)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/ 200 degrees C.
- Place beef bones on a lined baking tray. Brush beef bones, both sides with olive oil and roast for 1 hour.
- Place your carrots, celery, onions, roasted beef bones, water to cover beef bones and apple cider into your crock pot.
- Place crock pot on low heat and slowly simmer for at least 12-48 hours to let the flavors develop.
- Once the broth is finished cooking remove the beef bones and vegetables and strain the broth through a strainer lined with either cheesecloth (or medical gauze bandage if you cannot find cheesecloth)
- Allow your nourishing slow simmered beef bone broth to cool. Place beef bone broth in glass container but leave room at the top if you plan to freeze them later (glass will break in freezer if the liquid does not have room to expand when frozen).
- Place in the refrigerator. The broth will turn into a beef broth gelatin-jello and the fat will solidify on top.
- Skim fat off top of beef bone broth with spoon.
- Heat your beef broth gently on top of the stove and enjoy either in a mug with a little salt or use in your favorite soups and other recipes!
- Beef bone broth can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Oh Bobbi - we DO think along the same lines at the same time SO often. In Australia at the moment one can hardly touch any reading material without 'leaky gut syndrome' coming to the fore !!! Like you I have cooked bone broth since childhood it seems but 18-24 hours have usually led to the end of the journey ! So simple, so foolproof, so full of flavour. Since I have worked from home for decades stovetop is very much the way . . . oh the aromas . . . and, yes, when the glorious concoction is ready, a tall mug oft sits right next to the computer instead of coffee or wine . . . well, 😉 . . . !
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Homemade Bone broth is so delicious and so good for you. Our Mom's and grandma's knew this all along - right?. We like to make this in the slow cooker as we have a very finicky unpredictable stove top. Day dreaming of a day when we can renovate the kitchen. Take Care