UPMC_SLOW COOKER BEEF BONE BROTH_120919_C FINAL

Even a caveman would approve of this beef bone broth.

Bone broth dates back to prehistoric times when hunter-gatherers turned animal bones into a nutrient-dense broth they could drink. This savory stock is a source of natural collagen and can be used as a base for soups and sauces, too.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs. of mixed beef bones oxtail, knuckles, neckbones and/or short ribs
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10-12 cups water

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Place the bones in a single layer on a baking sheet or roasting pan; roast for 60 minutes, flipping each bone over halfway through cooking time.
  3. Meanwhile, roughly chop the vegetables (leave skins on) and place them, along with the bay leaf and apple cider vinegar into a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the bones as soon as they come out of the oven and then fill the pot completely with water.
  4. Set the slow cooker on low, cover and cook for 18 to 36 hours, or until the broth has reached a beautiful brown color and has filled the house with the most intoxicating aroma.
  5. Carefully remove the larger bone pieces with a slotted spoon and place them in a strainer set over a large bowl to collect the excess broth. Then, strain the broth that’s still in the crockpot through a fine meshed sieve, or through a strainer that’s been lined with cheesecloth.
  6. Transfer the bone broth into jars and refrigerate promptly. The fat will float to the surface and form a protective barrier that will prevent air from coming into contact with your broth.
  7. Once the broth has fully cooled, remove some or all of the layer of fat that formed at the top.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 4 cups

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