Slow Cooker “Better Than Botox” Bone Broth

Slow Cooker “Better Than Botox” Bone Broth

I have a secret to share with you… I have a mysterious bag living in my freezer – my private stash. Every day I add a little something to it and hide it back away.

It’s not what you think. It’s bones. Chicken bones, beef bones, onion peels, carrot peelings, parsley bits, and celery ends… What usually would be tossed into the garbage is everything you need for a hot bone broth in your slow cooker.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker "Better Than Botox" Bone BrothSave
Ziploc bag with ingredients for bone broth.

Bone broth is currently uber-popular and taking the nation by storm. It’s being touted as being better than botox, a cellulite reducer, great for arthritis and healing for the digestive tract. Devotees in New York City buy it by the coffee cup for nearly $9! Kobe Bryant and the entire Lakers team love it to refuel post-game. There’s also a reason that chicken soup has known for generations as a cold-fighter.

Here in Portland, we recently got our first bone broth bar, Jola Cafe. Like you would go with coffee or tea, you can customize your cup, but instead of milk and sugar, seasonings like smoked paprika, garam masala, nutmeg, Tabasco, chili oil, and sriracha are added from the self-serve bar.

I love that there’s the option to pick up a cup of this healthy bone broth on the go. However, I prefer to make my bone broth at home, in the slow cooker. It’s so easy and SO much cheaper. When roasting a chicken, braising short ribs, chopping vegetables, and scrambling eggs throughout the week, add those bones, scraps and (rinsed) eggshells to a large ziplock bag in your freezer. When your baggie is full, empty it into your slow cooker, add water to cover and add a good glug of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar helps pull the nutrients out of the bones, but don’t worry, you won’t taste it.

It’s highly desired for your slow cooker bone broth to gel when cooled. This is a sign that it’s got plenty of great collagen and gelatin going on – those goodies that make your skin plump, coat your digestive tract, and cushion your joints. However, don’t worry if your bone broth doesn’t gel, it’s still got minerals and nutrition galore. It could merely mean that your ratio of water to bones is too high, or the quality of your bones may not be up to par. For example, conventionally raised chickens don’t have as much collagen in their joints and bones. Marrow rich beef, on the other hand, will produce plenty of gelatinous goodness.

Jars of slow cooker bone both save

I like to enjoy my slow cooker bone broth straight up, in the late morning and late afternoon, like a good cup of tea. Your slow cooker will provide you with about 4 quarts of broth. It will keep in the fridge for up to five days. For more extended storage, I like to freeze one cup portions for easy use in recipes.

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