You never have to buy stock or broth at the store again! That's right, no more unidentifiable liquids in a box on a shelf for a year going into your food. Yuck. Instead, you get to use this easy bone broth recipe as the base for all your recipes, to heal your body or to gift to sick people. Yes, a gift to sick people. One of my favorite memories was making large batches of bone broth and chicken liver pate and delivering it to the hospital. Our friend's child was fighting cancer, and we helped kick its ass.
There is no right or wrong method for making broth, but there are a couple of notes I want to help you with for this easy bone broth.
- You can make bone broth with either raw meat and bones, roasted, or a mixture of both
- If you are cooking this broth in the pressure cooker, roasting the bones will not add any flavor since the pressure cooker reaches temperatures high enough to create the Maillard reaction.
- Your house will smell better if you use an Instapot, the slow cooker fills your whole house with broth smell
Easy Bone Broth in the Instapot
Now there are still lots of awesome uses for a slow cooker. Like my shredded buffalo chicken with only three ingredients. In case you haven't seen it, I also created a full guide on everything slow cookers.
The primary reason I recommend creating this easy bone broth in the instapot is time. I recommend cooking it for 2 hours to get the maximum amount of nutrients and flavor from the bones but 1 hour would work too.
Easy Bone Broth in the Slow Cooker
Warning – your whole house will smell like broth and if your significant other does not enjoy that smell, use the instapot.
I love my slow cooker and still use it occasionally to make this easy bone broth. My only problem is when I need bone broth it's typically in a rush and I would rather cook it in 2 hours than in 12 or 24.
I have been unable to find any scientific research on which method is better. As far as I am concerned, if you are drinking any broth you make at home, you are winning. Keep up the great work and get healthy!
Here is the Instapot Method
Easy Bone Broth
- 3 pounds chicken parts backs, necks, bones, carcasses
- 1 large yellow onion trimmed and cubed
- 2 medium carrots cleaned and chopped into 3 inch segments
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp lemon juice ½ lemon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Water different for different methods
- Place your meat in the bottom of your instapot
- Add your onion and carrots all around your meaty bones
- Add 2 bay leaves, lemon juice and sprinkle salt over your ingredients
- Fill your instapot with water to 2/3 of the container (no more than 2/3)
- Place the lid on, lock it in place and close the release
- Set your instapot on high for 2 hours for the best flavor and once complete let the pressure release naturally
- When done, strain through a big mesh strainer and store
- Bone broth stays fresh in the fridge for 3 days or can be frozen for up to a year
- (See the notes for freezing)