Friday, February 22, 2013

Frugal Finds Friday: Bone Broth

 Bone broth is something I discovered last year, and have been making ever since.  It is a great way to use up something that would normally get thrown away, and is very nutrient dense.  I also LOVE how SIMPLE it is to make; simple is definitely my style!  The way I do it is:
1. Cook a whole chicken in the crock-pot during the day.
2. Pick chicken after dinner, placing meat into freezer bags, and skin and bones back into the crock-pot.
3. Add any vegetable scraps you have (I save mine in a bag in the freezer), and 6-8 cups of water (depending on the size of your crock-pot).
4. Let your broth cook on low overnight about 12-16 hours.
5. Allow broth to cool some, and drain through a colander into a large bowl or pot.  Skim any fat off the top, and measure your broth into containers or bags for the freezer (I usually do 1 or 2 cups each).
6. Repeat.  I usually do just 2 batches, but some do 3 or 4.  Each subsequent batch will be weaker than the first.
Finished broth.

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  1. We used to go to the butcher as a kid and ask for the bones, for our dog. They really were for Mom who used to use them for soup broth. :-) I kinda think the butcher knew that!

  2. I just got done with this last night, and I used the exact same process. You know what they say about great minds....

    I found you on Homemade Mondays via Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity.