Chicken Bone Broth: A Beginner’s Guide

chicken bone broth guide

While most people associated beef with bone broth, you can actually make it with chicken, fish, turkey, and more. Chicken bone broth offers numerous benefits and is one of the most healing drinks or foods you can consume. Ready to learn more about this nutrient dense superfood? Read below to find out everything you need to know about chicken bone broth.

 

What is Chicken Bone Broth?

The -caramel- color of chicken bone brothLet’s not overcomplicate things here. Chicken bone broth is simply boiling the bones of chickens for 12-42 hours. After the cooking or boiling, the broth left over will contain a variety of nutrients. Common nutrients found in chicken bone broth include collagen, amino acids, and more.

Bone broth has become popular over the last few years for a number of reasons. While people have been drinking bone broth for hundreds of years, it’s a newer craze in the health community. A few of the vast benefits of these concoctions include:

  • Better skin
  • Fewer wrinkles
  • Slowed down aging
  • Improvement in energy levels
  • Joint pain reduction

…And more!

 

Understanding Chicken Bone Marrow

raw chicken bones for brothOne of the healthier ways to make a broth is to add chicken bone marrow. In humans, bone marrow is packed with red blood cells and flexible tissues. In chickens, there are similar properties in said marrow. As such, cooking chicken bone marrow allows humans to consume these tissues.

Consuming chicken bone marrow can offer a number of health benefits. Most people try to add marrow to a bone broth to ensure improved joint health and immune function.

 

The Ideal Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Ready to try out chicken bone broth for yourself? Perfect. Below you find the absolute best recipe we found after a dozen or so tests. We know you’ll love it. So without further ado, here is the ideal chicken bone broth recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Four pounds chicken bones (with as much marrow as you can find)
  • Two medium onions
  • Four garlic cloves (smashed)
  • One teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • Three tablespoon ACV
  • Fill crock-pot with water until all bones are covered

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and fill with water.
  • Cook for 24 hours in the crock-pot.
  • Occasionally, you’ll want to skim the fat off the top.
  • After 24 hours, turn the pot off and let everything sit for two hours.
  • Pour the broth through a sieve into whatever container you prefer.
  • Drink your chicken bone broth and get healthy!

P.S: Make sure to drink all the broth within a week. Or you’ll need to refer to our “Preserving Bone Broth Properly” section below.

 

Where to Buy Organic Chicken Bones

Most of us buy our chicken at the grocery store. Often, we buy boneless chicken. As such, it can be hard to gather enough bones for a solid broth. So how do you get your hands on organic chicken bones – preferably filled with a good amount of marrow?

Finding organic chicken bones isn’t easy, but it’s doable. Start at your local Co-op. Find a location near you. Or, you can check your local Whole Foods. Occasionally, they will have organic chicken bones for sale. If you have no luck there, make sure to check out local farms and butcher shops. You may want to use Google to search for these places by adding the name of your city to the search term.

 

Preserving Bone Broth Properly

If you’re going to invest your time in preparing a chicken bone broth, then it’s a good idea to make a large batch. If you do so, you’ll want to save some of the broth for the future. You needn’t drink 2 gallons of broth in a week. One solid batch can last you up to a month – with regular drinking.

However, this is only true if you preserve bone broth properly. Luckily, we know exactly how to do just that. All you’ll need is some Mason jars and a pressure canner. Here’s how to do things correctly:

  • Gather your bone broth, pressure canner, and Mason jars.
  • Pour broth evenly into the jars. Tighten the lids.
  • Place the jars into the pressure canner.
  • Make sure you read the manufacturer’s directions carefully.
  • For starters, pint-sized jars can be closed for 20 minutes at around 10 pounds of pressure.
  • Once canned, let the machine cool off for 15 minutes before removing the jars.
  • Your bone broth is now ready to be stored and/or frozen.

 

Chicken Bone Broth: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking to make a delicious and nutritious chicken bone broth, then the information above is all you need to do so. Follow the advice in this piece, and you’ll be well on your way to better overall health!

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Hello! I’m Nicole, a high-achieving, entrepreneurial wife/mom in my early thirties. I hold many other labels like gardner, connector, meditator and family chef, as I’m sure you do. In another life, I’d run a successful food truck and be a sommelier. I started this blog because I’ve been on a healing journey that has largely relied on bone broth and pre-made stocks as my daily nutrition to get me back to optimal health. This is my first blog and I hope it provides candid opinions, factual information, tips, tricks and more that make your life easier and healthier.

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