A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Bone Broth

If you’ve seen any of my Instagram posts of Sophie eating, you’ve likely seen her with her little sippy cup full of bone broth. Bone broth is not just for babies or kids though; the benefits of bone broth (or meat stock) for healing and sealing the gut are plentiful, regardless of your age.

What exactly is bone broth though? It’s the liquid that comes from simmering bones, veggies and occasionally meat over a long period of time. Once it’s simmered, you strain out the bones and veggies and drink or cook with the leftover broth.

Bone broth is a family food for us and something we make weekly, but before we ever made bone broth, it seemed so intimidating. Turns out, like with all crockpot meals, it was so much easier than I thought and so today I’m sharing how to make bone broth so you can do it too.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Bone Broth

Bone Broth vs. Meat Stock

First of all, let’s quickly talk about bone broth vs meat stock. I use the words interchangeably, but I know a chef would tell me otherwise! I like this explanation here if you want to get into it, but technically what we are now calling bone broth is actually what was traditionally called a stock.

The Health Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth is full of nutrients that are beneficial, but in particular it’s the amino acids and minerals. When the broth is cooking, the bones and ligaments that are in the broth release proteins like collagen and amino acids like glycine and glutamine.

Collagen production starts to decline in your 20’s if you can believe it, but it is the most abundant protein in the body. These nutrients are known to:

  • heal the gut lining
  • improve memory
  • improve calcium absorption
  • accelerate wound healing
  • improve skin hydration
  • diminish signs of aging
  • improve joint discomfort
  • improve bone mineral density
Chop or dice your veggies.
Add your choice of bones to the pot
Cover ingredients with water and slow cook for 24 hours.

How To Make Bone Broth:

Here’s the thing with bone broth: you can add whatever ingredients you want! Here’s how we make it though.

Prep Time:

15 mins

Cook Time:

24 hours

Total Time:

24 hours 15 mins




  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • a few pieces ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 lbs animal bones (look for grass fed if cow based, and pasture raised, organic, antibiotic free for poultry) *We typically use a combination of beef marrow bones (roasted before hand and with the marrow removed) and chicken feet, ribs or wings with a bit of meat on them
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • enough water to cover everything

Optional other ingredients:

  • nettle tea
  • celery
  • mushrooms
  • other herbs and spices
  • other leftover veggies


  1. Place everything in the crockpot and turn on low for 24 hours. If you have an Instant Pot, you can follow all of these steps but you just need to cook it for 3 hours.
  2. When done, strain the liquid and add sea salt to taste.
  3. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days. After 3-4 days you can reboil it for 5 minutes and it will be good for another few days.

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