A warm cup of bone broth is good for your health. It will give you a healthy and warm boost the entire day. It is also effective in getting rid of a bad cold. To make bone broth you will need to cook some bones with some meat attached for long hours. The best slow cooker for making bone broth is your best option for a delicious and healthy bowl of bone broth.
Stock pots and pressure cookers each come with their own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to making bone broth.
Bone Broth in a Stock Pot
You will need a 5-gallon stock pot to make the most of the time it will take to make bone broth. If you have a smaller stock pot, just place enough bones and vegetables to fit in the stock pot. Make sure the water level is enough to cover the bones and vegetables at all times.
Bone Broth in a Pressure Cooker
It is faster to make bone broth in a pressure cooker than in a stock pot. Pressure cookers now come with a lot of safety features so they are not as scary to use. Go for an Instant Pot where you can sauté and brown food as well as use as a pressure cooker.
The Best Slow Cooker for Making Bone Broth
Benefits of Making Your Own Bone Broth
While you can easily buy ready-made bone broth, there is nothing more amazing than making your own flavorful bone broth from scratch. Home-made bone broth ensures that you get a broth that is rich in collagen, vitamins, minerals and keratins for a healthy immune system.
Home-made bone broth is also so much cheaper. Depending on the type you are bound to spend only a few dollars per pound of bone.
You can even have the bone for free if you set aside bone from your meals for bone broth. You can refrigerate them until you have enough for bone broth. You can also buy bones from your local butcher for a cheap price.
Making Bone Broth in a Stock Pot
- Place bones in a stock pot.
- Add vegetables, water and vinegar.
- Bring to a boil at high heat.
- When boiling, turn heat to medium. Skim off with a small strainer any foam forming on top.
- Cover the stock pot leaving a small portion open to serve as vent.
- Cook for between 8 to 12 hours.
- Occasionally check on the bone broth. Skim off new foam. Add more water if necessary.
- When done store in glass jars.
Making Bone Broth in a Pressure Cooker
Making bone broth in a pressure cooker is no different than making one in a stock pot. It will however only take about 3 to 5 hours to make bone broth in a pressure cooker.
Whether in a stock pot or pressure cooker, your bone broth is done when broth looks milky and cloudy and no longer see-through or when you get a jello-like consistency when bone broth is cold.
The secret to making good bone broth is not to allow gelatin breakdown (collagen) during the cooking process. Over-boiling will lead to gelatin breakdown so be careful not to do so. Simmering will do the trick.
If you are crazy about bone broth, the best slow cooker for making bone broth would be the Cook N Home Stainless Steel Stockpot and Canning Pot with Lid. With its 20-quart capacity, you will be able to slow cook a large amount of bone broth at one time. Its durable 18/10 construction makes it best for fast and even cooking. Add in the riveted handles and the vented glass lid and you have a great cookware for making your bone broth.