I used to have store-bought broth as a pantry staple – until I learned how easy it was to make homemade bone broth and learned the benefits. Now I always have some homemade bone broth ready to use in the fridge instead. I prefer making my own broth because I am in control of the ingredients. I like keeping my food simple and one way I do that is through the ingredients I use. For instance, I don’t add salt to the broth, instead, I wait until I am using it in a recipe and will add salt accordingly.
Below is the ingredient list for Campbell’s Ready to Use Chicken Broth
CHICKEN BROTH (WATER, CHICKEN STOCK), SALT, YEAST EXTRACT (BARLEY), NATURAL FLAVOUR (CONTAINS CELERY), SUGARS (DEXTROSE), CANOLA, OR SOYBEAN OIL.
Not sure about you, but I prefer not adding salt, oil, sugar, or yeast to my broth.
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is the result of slow-simmering animal bones in water for 20+ hours. When refrigerated, the broth congeals into a gel-like form, whereas broth remains in liquid form. This is an easy way to tell the difference between bone broth and regular broth.
Benefits of Bone Broth
The BBC Good Food series, high-lighted 7 top health benefits of consuming bone broth. I’ve listed them below. If you want to learn more I highly recommend reading the full article here.
- Source of animo acids
- Good for digestion and gut health
- May support immune function
- Supports the production of anti-aging molecules
- May support weight-loss
- Can support joint health
- May help you get to sleep
What you’ll need
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- Instant Pot
- Basket insert for Instant Pot
- Glass jars with lids that seal for storage
- Small food strainer to fit in the funnel
- The carcass of a whole chicken or turkey
- Apple vinegar
- Leftover root vegetable scraps
- Spices for flavouring (I use 2-3 bay leaves)
- Place the basket insert in the instant pot.
- Fill the basket with the left-over chicken or turkey carcass.
- Cover with the scrapes of root vegetables like onions peels, celery staulk and carrot peels.
- Add 2 -3 bay leaves.
- Add filtered water to the fill line
- Lock the Instant Pot lid in place. Turn the valve to lock.
- I don’t use the Soup/Broth function as I run it longer than this function. I set the time to 180 minutes.
- Once time is up yuo can either let the pressure release naturally or turn the open the valve to release the pressure. Remove the lid and pull out the basket. Be careful, the contents are hot!
- Carefully pour the broth into mason jars. I use a small strainer to filter out any pieces that fell through the basket.
- Place lid on jars when broth is still hot. This helps form a tight seal.
- When jars have cooled, store in fridge for up to 3 months unopened or in the freezer for 6 months. Once opened use with a week.
Uses of Bone Broth
- Use it in any recipe that calls for broth.
- Use it instead of water when cooking rice or quinoa, for added flavour.
- Check out my White Chicken Bean Soup recipe