Homemade Bone Broth

Homemade Bone Broth | Vibrant Life Army Wife

There is a reason your mom always fed you chicken noodle soup when you were sick. No, it’s not the chicken or the (typically limited) amount of veggies, and it’s definitely not the noodles. It’s the chicken broth itself. The problem, however, is that the broth you find on grocery store shelves and in canned soups is not doing anyone any good. In fact, between preservatives and additives like MSG, it can actually be harmful for some people. And when we are trying to be our most vibrant selves that junk is best avoided. But it’s not just about what homemade bone broth does not contain. It’s about what it does contain.

Homemade Bone Broth | Vibrant Life Army Wife

First off, bone broth is high in collagen. Collagen is fantastic for your skin, hair, nails and joints. I’m sure you’ve seen all those fancy facial creams that contain collagen and make claims about how they’ll make you look 10 years younger and all that jazz, but the fact of the matter is that the collagen particles are too large to be absorbed by the skin. So don’t waste your money on facial creams and make bone broth (which is practically free) instead. I can personally attest to improvement in the texture and strength of my nails, hair and skin since I started incorporating bone broth into my diet on a semi regular basis. Additionally, Dr. Cate Shanahan, author of Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods, explains how collagen also helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite because it helps support cell structure. Second, bone broth aids digestion and helps repair the intestinal lining because of its gelatin content (source)- gelatin is a derivative of collagen. With the amount of damage done to the gut lining by modern day “foods,” everyone could use a little (or a lot) of the gut healing effects of bone broth, especially those suffering from autoimmune diseases (like me!). It also contains bio available nutrients (meaning they are easy for our bodies to assimilate) such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and more (source) which are essential for bone (and overall) health. Lastly, bone broth is high in the amino acids proline and glycine which have several critical functions in the body including, but not limited to building connective tissue, synthesizing DNA and RNA,  production of glutathione (an important antioxidant), and aiding in digestion (source).

Homemade Bone Broth | Vibrant Life Army WifeSo basically, bone broth makes you super hot (I’m referring to good looks, not temperature) inside and out so you should make some like yesterday! And it’s SUPER easy. Just set it and forget it, as they say!

Homemade Bone Broth
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  • 1-2 lbs of beef bones (or 1-2 whole chicken carcasses)
  • 2 chicken feet (optional- increases the gelatin content)
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • Veggies (optional- carrots, celery, onion)
  • Water to cover
  1. Place bones in crockpot
  2. Add apple cider vinegar and garlic
  3. Add water to cover the bones
  4. Cook on low for 24-48 hours
  5. Add optional veggies for the last 3 hours of cooking time
  6. Strain with a fine mesh strainer
  7. Store in refrigerator or freezer

We are aiming for super gelatinous broth here so if you pull your broth out of the fridge and it looks like beef jello, don’t be alarmed. In fact you should probably do a happy dance right there in your kitchen (at least that’s what I do). Drink the broth on its own warmed up in a mug or use it in soups, sauces, and stews in place of the store bought junk to increase the nutrient value of your food.

Let me know if you try this… or if you think I’m a super crazy hippie weirdo for drinking bone broth (it’s okay, I can take it)!

In vibrant health,


22 thoughts on “Homemade Bone Broth

    1. Kiersten Post author

      I get my beef bones from Sand Creek Farm which is where I also got my cow share and my CSA basket. You can order them online from US Wellness Meats or you can get them from a butcher. I just buy whole chickens so that’s where I get the chicken bones.

  1. Don Gardner

    Hey Kiersten – Your Grandma wants to try your Homemade Bone Broth to firm up her fingernails, but she doesn’t know how much, or how often to drink it. What’s your thought? – Gramps

  2. Drianna

    Will you post some awesome recipes for soups, etc, that we can use our freshly made bone broth in?

  3. Hayley@healthyregardshayley

    Hi Kiersten! So my nutritionist recently suggested that I start drinking bone broth once a day. I have had two stress fractures in my hips this year and am slightly ostepenic so this is supposed to help! Anyways I have had trouble finding bones! At least from humane sources. I have checked out my whole foods in the area and they don’t ever have them. Any suggestions?

    1. Kiersten Post author

      Did you ask at the meat counter at Whole Foods? That seems weird that they wouldn’t have them at all…I know my Whole Foods has them but obviously they are not all the same. I buy organic (or pastured when I can find it- Whole Foods typically has them around here anyway) whole chickens and roast them or cook them in the crock pot and then use the carcass to make chicken broth. I get my beef bones from a local farm. You could check on eatwild.org for farms near you that have pastured/grass fed meats and they should have bones. Also, you can order pretty much any type of bone you could ever want from humanely raised animals online at US Wellness Meats. Hope that helps! Bone broth is an amazingly healing food so I hope it helps you!

  4. Lori

    To help those who are looking for bones, I get mine, or the beef bones at Sprouts, (Denver, Colorado), they have them from humane sources, I buy their chicken legs and thighs, and save the bones, you can also buy whole chickens, (I do the legs and thighs as I live by myself and it’s easier for my to bag), I have a friend who’s going to get me some chicken feet soon, from a mexican market she goes to, I’m not sure if they’re from a humane source but I can’t find them anywhere else.

    Will the beef bones breakdown like the chicken and turkey bones do? and I noticed I reused the bones since they hadn’t broke down all the way, but I didn’t really get gelatin like I did the first time, but I’m sure I’m getting lots of calcium as the bones disintegrated, will you be posting your bullet proof bone broth recipe online or do I have to figure out my own version, as I do so many other times as I just don’t have the funds to purchase books, that money would sharply cut into the food I can buy, and also you can’t buy it with food stamps, I’m disabled and live on a very limited income, and need all I can for food, for some that amount is a lot for people like me, thing of all the things you can buy for that, those are some of the things I might have to chose to do without just for a book, but by the name, and the name of your book, I pretty much get the idea of what to do.

    1. Kiersten Post author

      Yes, beef bones should break down like chicken and turkey bones do. In my experience broth from beef bones tends to get more gelatinous probably because the types of bones I’ve used tend to have more cartilage. For gelatinous chicken or turkey broth you really need feet. I’ve gotten chicken feet from a local farm and they also sell them on US Wellness Meats website. They would probably be cheaper from the Mexican market though. Check out my instagram feed (@vibrantlifearmywife) for my basic buttered broth recipe. You’ll have to scroll through the old photos as I think I posted it a month or two ago.

  5. Hayli

    Finally have enough bones to try this out! I’m excited to have some on hand ! ☺️

  6. Lisa Harris

    Hi Kiersten – what do you think about seasoning and roasting the beef bones before making the bone broth ? I’ve seen that elsewhere and found it intriguing since for all the effort I want to make sure it tastes good ! Have you every tried that ? Thanks !

    1. Kiersten Post author

      That should certainly add more flavor to the broth. However, I like the simple taste (and prep) of it without doing it. So it’s really just personal preference and what you plan on using it for.

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