How to make bone broth and 4 delicious uses for it (VIDEO)

Apr 1, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. ET

In case you've been living under a rock for the past year, bone broth is the hot new ingredient everyone is obsessed with. And with good reason!

Bone broth is exactly what it sounds like: a broth made out of bones. But that's not what makes it special and certainly not what makes foodies all over the world fall in love with this ingredient. There are a lot of health benefits to bone broth, and it has a great depth of flavor that has me obsessing over all the ways I can cook with it. So whether you opt to make slow cooker bone broth or to use our tried-and-true recipe below, trust me when I say you won't be able to resist the four recipes that follow. Long live the bone broth trend!

In the recipe below, we teach you how to make a classic beef bone broth. But if you're not a big meat eater or are simply a die-hard fan of chicken, you can easily substitute chicken bones for the beef. Where to get beef or chicken bones, you ask? Here are a few tips:

  • Next time you make a roast chicken or turkey, clean the bones, and save them in a Ziploc bag in your freezer until you are ready to make your bone broth.
  • When planning to cook steak, buy bone-in meats. Simply eat the meat and then save the bones. The same applies to pork, chicken, lamb and other meats you plan to purchase.
  • Simply go up to the butcher counter at your local Whole Foods or even just to your small neighborhood butcher shop, and they should be able to help you get what you need.

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Beef bone broth recipe

Beef bone broth recipe

Total time: 9 hours


  • 5 pounds beef bones (or you can use chicken, pork, turkey, etc)
  • 1 onion
  • 4 large carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 8-12 cups water (just enough to cover the bones)


  1. On a rimmed cookie sheet, roast the bones with the carrot and onions for 30 minutes at 450 degrees F, turning once.
  2. To a large pan, add the roasted bones with the onions, carrots, celery, whole garlic cloves, salt, pepper, bay leaves, apple cider vinegar and any pan drippings.
  3. Add just enough water to cover the bones.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Turn on low for 8 hours.
  6. Remove the large pieces, and pour into a container through a sieve.

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