How to Make Healing Bone Broth in the Instant Pot

What a great time of the year to be sipping on a hot cup of healing bone broth.

Why is bone broth so healing?

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Can heal a leaky gut
  • Repair damaged joints
  • Create glowing skin
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Builds lean muscle

This golden liquid is well known for its ability to heal the digestive system, particularly leaky gut syndrome. Three of the primary amino acids found in bone broth are glycine, proline and l-glutamine. Bone broth also contains plenty of healthy fat and important nutrients like:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium

How do you make healing bone broth?

Slow cooking or pressure cooking the bones with a bit of acid (in this case, apple cider vinegar) releases the calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, glutamine, proline and glycine into the liquid along with a slew of other amino acids.

The process is VERY EASY and can be made VERY QUICKLY using, my favorite, the INSTANT POT. It doesn’t cost much at all to make. You can also make it by simmering on the stove top for 24 hours. (But who has time for that)?

Bone broth can be made from just about any leftover bones you have. I roast a whole chicken in the Instant Pot quite frequently and save the bones in a zip bag in the freezer. When I have a few chicken carcasses I make bone broth.  Beef bones can also be used, but need to be roasted first. (I prefer chicken bones) Different kind of bones will produce different flavors, so use what you like.

Use organically-raised beef or chicken and organic vegetables if you can.

Ingredients

  •  2 chicken frames, without meat, about 3 pounds of chicken bones (or 1 turkey frame)
  •  2-3 stalks celery, washed and cut into large chunks
  •  2 small onions, peeled and cut into quarters
  •  4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  •  2 medium carrots, peeled or scrubbed and cut into large chunks
  •  1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  •  6-10 peppercorns (red or pink optional)
  •  1 bay leaf
  •  4 quarts filtered water, more or less, to cover bones and to fill the inner pot just below fill line
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme, ½ teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut vegetables
  2. Place bones, vegetables, herbs, and vinegar into the inner pot.
  3. Add enough water to cover the bones and vegetables in the pot. ( Do not go past fill line )
  4. Place lid on Instant Pot and lock into place.
  5. Flip vent valve to ‘Sealing’.
  6. Select ‘Manual’ setting and adjust the time to 120 minutes.
  7. When cooking is done, allow pressure to release naturally (10-20 minutes).
  8.  Release any residual pressure using the vent valve before removing the lid.
  9. Allow the liquid to cool slightly before straining.bone broth
  10. Using fine-mesh steel strainer, strain the liquid and discard cooked vegetables.

***If bones are not to brittle, you can run another batch using the bones, and adding fresh vegetables. I do this.

Broth may be stored in Mason jars with lids in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen indefinitely. I like to fill pint size jars for my single daily dose of broth.

Instructions without and Instant Pot

  • Place all ingredients in a big sauce pan or slow cooker
  • Bring all ingredients to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 24 hours.

How to use the broth

Besides sipping and drinking bone broth, bone broth can be used to make healing soups, or used wherever broth is called for in a recipe.

Bone broth is also really good for your dog. I occasionally pour a bit of bone broth over my dogs food, especially when I can tell he is achy or sore from over working.

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(Those obsessive border collies)

Enoy!

How to Make Healing Bone Broth in the Instant Pot

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Delicious, nutritious and easy to make bone broth using the Instant Pot.
  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time2 hr
  • Total Time2 hr 5 min
  • Yield4 quarts

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 chicken frames, without meat, about 3 pounds of chicken bones (or 1 turkey frame)
    •  2-3 stalks celery, washed and cut into large chunks
    •  2 small onions, peeled and cut into quarters
    •  4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
    •  2 medium carrots, peeled or scrubbed and cut into large chunks
    •  1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
    •  6-10 peppercorns (red or pink optional)
    •  1 bay leaf
    •  4 quarts filtered water, more or less, to cover bones and to fill the inner pot just below fill line
    • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    • Few sprigs of fresh thyme, ½ teaspoon dried
    • 1 tablespoon salt

INSTUCTIONS

1

Wash and cut vegetables

 
2

Place bones, vegetables, herbs, and vinegar into the inner pot.

3

Add enough water to cover the bones and vegetables in the pot. ( Do not go past fill line )

Place lid on Instant Pot and lock into place.

4

Flip vent valve to ‘Sealing’.

Select ‘Manual’ setting and adjust the time to 120 minutes.

5

When cooking is done, allow pressure to release naturally (10-20 minutes).

6

 Release any residual pressure using the vent valve before removing the lid.

7

Allow the liquid to cool slightly before straining.

8

Using fine mesh steel strainer, strain the liquid and discard cooked vegetables.

***If bones are not to brittle, you can run another batch using the bones, and adding fresh vegetables. I do this.

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4 Comments

  1. Okay, tell us a bit about chicken frames.

    Is this after I’ve deboned one of those rotesserie chickens and gotten as much meat off and store in the freezer till I have 2-3 of them?

    Or can I make chicken broth from my chicken, and the process of making chicken broth, I get all the meat off the bones?

    Gail

  2. Have you ever tried to can the bone broth in a water bathe canner or pressure canner for a more long term storage??

    • No, I haven’t. Have you?

  3. Thank you for your recipe and instructions. I made your BB overnight and it turned out great. My wife wanted to put some into our dog’s food until she found out I’d put onion in it. I didn’t think it was a big deal. However, even the little bit of onion flavor seems to be a no-no for dogs. We looked up BB recipes for dogs and none of them included onion or garlic. Just wanted to let you know, since you sprinkle a bit over your pup’s food. It may be harmless, but my wife didn’t want to take that chance, so we’re making your recipe again minus the onion for our pet. Thanks again.


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