Nourishing Chicken Bone Broth

Nourishing Chicken Bone Broth

If you frequent many “real food” blogs, you are sure to come by the term “bone broth” peppered here and there in recipe posts. So what’s the big deal? Why are we so obsessed?!
When you properly make broth from the bones of healthy, pastured chickens, you are pulling nutrients, minerals, and beautiful gelatin right from the source! Before you make the decision to create your own broth, I encourage you to read “Broth Is Beautiful” – it was mind changing for me, and it will explain in much better words that I ever could how bone broth can help your family!

My bone broth method is most likely no different than what you have seen elsewhere. My hope in this post is to encourage YOU that you can make this happen in *any* season of life. From the full time working mama to the SAHM’s (or daddy's! or grammas! or aunts!), this is so do-able. The method is always the same, but there are many different options of how to get it done for what works for YOUR family!


  • 1-3 carcasses/bones from cooking your pastured chicken(s) (See Tips section on how to *easily* crockpot your chicken!)
  • Leftover carrots, celery, onion pieces from cooking your chicken or from scraps throughout the week (you can use fresh too)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (ACV) (Since it is heated I don’t worry about it being raw, but I do opt for organic)


  1. Put everything into your crockpot or oven roaster and fill with water to cover the bones by an inch-ish.
  2. Let the mixture sit for 30-60 minutes. DO NOT TURN THE HEAT ON YET. This allows the vinegar to extract minerals from the bones.
  3. Turn the crockpot on low or oven roaster at 200 degrees for 24-36 hours.
  4. Strain the broth. Store in the fridge up to 7 days, in the freezer 3-6 months, or deep freezer up to a year. Let the broth come to room temp before putting in the fridge. Leave the top off for 24 hours to freeze if you are storing in glass jars in the refrigerator to allow for expanding (or you will be unfortunate to see your cracked pot in a few days!).

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