This Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth is loaded with flavor and nutrients. Great for sipping or as a base for soups, stews, sauces and to use as a cooking liquid.
In many parts of the world bone broth is regarded as a “golden healing liquid” a “cure for all ailments”. In Peru where I grew up, a good bone broth is often called “levanta muertos” or “revive the dead broth”.
Whether you are a believer of this magical elixir or you feel on the fence about it (I married an engineer and scientist – before I claim anything I need to have scientific proof of it. That means I have to have done extensive research, experimentation and some sort of lab testing is a must!) ~ one thing I can say for certain is that homemade bone broth is tastier that any commercially produced broth and as a cooking liquid it beats plain water any day! (And it’s so much cheaper too!!)
Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth
It all starts with the humble bone, in this particular recipe we are using beef bones. I recommend you use bones from grass-fed animals, when possible. A few vegetables, aromatics and an acid – in this case apple cider vinegar.
The acid helps release calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, glutamine, proline and glycine into the liquid along with a slew of other amino acids (protein building blocks) into the broth. To get all the goodness out of the bones, we cook it low and slow for a long time – up to 24 hours. Don’t worry, no babysitting is needed. Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker and forget about it (the great aroma will be the only reminder that you are cooking something).
After the cooking is done, all you need to do is strain it and let it cool. As you can see from the photo above, all the fat will rise to the top. When cold, just remove the fat. I know some people use this fat for sauteing. In my case, I always discard it. You can refrigerate your slow cooker beef bone broth or freeze it for up to 6 months.
Here’s a list of some of the well known benefits of bone broth
- Boosts Immune System
- Good for the Gut: The gelatin in the bones is beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to dairy or wheat), helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.
- Protects joints: Bone broth is one of the best sources of natural collagen, the protein found in vertebrae animals — in their bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone marrow.
- Great for the skin – again, collagen anyone???
- Use a good apple cider vinegar for this recipe. HERE is the one I use and recommend.
- Getting bones from humanly raised, pastured or grass fed animals from your local farmers is always best.
- Use organic vegetables, if possible.
- Even though you can just add your raw bones into the slow cooker to make broth, I like to roast my bones for 1 hour before adding them to the slow cooker. This steps guarantees a richer flavor and deeper color.
- Cook grains like quinoa in bone broth instead of water for maximum flavor and added nutrients.
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