Since you’re reading a blog, on a Grass Fed Beef website, chances are you have at least heard of bone broth. Maybe you have tried it or maybe even made your own bone broth on the stove or in the slow cooker. If you have, you understand that it can be a multi day process.
Can I just buy broth from the grocery store?
The broth (often labelled “stock”) from the grocery store relies on high temperature, fast-cooking techniques, which result in a watered down, non-gelling liquid, so you’re missing out on most of the benefits of a gelatin-rich broth. In addition, unnatural additives (like MSG) and flavors are often added. Also most of the bones used to make these Stocks are from animals raised in factor like confinement operations. Many of These animals ( and therefore their bones ) are unhealthy, have higher levels of inflammation, and are of ten fed antibiotics and given hormones to promote growth. The animals have to be healthy to impart the maximum health benefit to you, and factory-farmed animals are the furthest thing from healthyIf you just need a small amount for a recipe, store-bought stuff will do, but if you’re interested in the healing properties of bone broth, you have to make it yourself.
Bone broth is a source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, in forms that your body can easily absorb. It’s also rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat (the vast majority of the meat we consume). It also contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. When made from “soup bones” bone broth is a great source of collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, which is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
Grass fed Beef Bone Broth Uses
Broth is extremely versatile and many chefs use it as a base for soups, gravies, sauces and more. Here are some great ways to use broth:
As a base for soups or stews
In a mug by itself as a warm drink
As a base for gravy and sauce
Use it to cook veggies in for extra nutrients
Dehydrate to make your own bouillon powder
Instant Pot Grass fed Bone Broth
3-4 lb Grass fed beef bones, Soup Bones
3 whole carrots cut in half
4 whole celery, ribs
1 onion, sliced in half
2 cloves garlic, smashed with a knive
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Preheat your oven to bake at 420 degrees.
Place the beef bones on a baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt if desired.
Roast the bones for 30 minutes, flip them to their other side, and then roast for another 20 minutes.
While the bones are roasting, prepare the vegetables for the broth.
Place the roasted bones into your Instant Pot, and then add the carrot, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, and apple cider vinegar.
Fill the Instant Pot with filtered water until it reaches about an inch below the max fill line.
Place the lid on, and seal, and set to manual high pressure for 75 minutes.
Once the broth is finished, remove the large bones and vegetable pieces, and then strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer.
Pour the strained broth back into the Instant Pot, if using immediately after for soup, or allow to cool and freeze for future use.
This recipe makes 10 cups of broth.