Bone Broth has this magical appeal to it. People swear by it, others have no clue what it is. I’ve intentionally made bone broth a grand total of two times, but this crock pot Paleo Grassfed Beef Bone Broth recipe is definitely a winner.
A few weeks back we picked up a jar of peanut butter while we were at Trader Joe’s. We don’t normally eat it ever but Jeff spotted it and had a taste for it, so we decided to give it a try again. Unfortunately, that “little taste” did not end well for the jar of peanut butter (it was thrown away, practically full) or for Jeff – and we now know peanuts will not be making an appearance in our home again.
A few hours after eating a few spoonfuls, Jeff came down with a runny nose and sore throat. Now, I can’t tell you the last time either of us were sick and it was then determined, this reaction was all because of the peanut butter. I immediately jumped on the thought of preparing all the “remedy foods”…big salads with avocado, fish oil, more homemade kombucha and I then decided to give bone broth another chance.
About a year ago I tried making bone broth for the very first time with a leftover chicken carcass. I loaded up my crock pot with the carcass, water, some carrots and probably an onion or two and let it go. When it was done all I had left was water with a faint chicken taste. I was so disappointed that I wasted my time (and my fresh ingredients) that I didn’t look back after that failed attempt. But with Jeff not feeling well, I was determined to figure it out this time around.
A few weeks back, Paleo Chicago took a tour of Barrington Natural Farms and at the end of our tour Cliff offered us the option to purchase any of the leftover cuts of meat he had available. I brought home some beef bones to make broth and this was the perfect opportunity to give bone broth a go, this time with beef and not chicken.
I did a little recipe research online to see what mistakes I might have made the first time. I also wanted to prevent any mistakes this time around, especially since I was using such high quality meat.
Some people roast their bones and some people don’t and I decided to give it a try. The house smelled amazing while they were roasting and I was getting even more excited for the end product.
Now, typically I’m not a fan of leaving the crock pot on while we’re not home and while we’re asleep.
One – I don’t want the house to burn down from some fluke accident with the crock pot when we’re not home and
Two – I never seem to sleep well while the air in the house smells like food.
It’s bad enough I dream about creating recipes, I didn’t need additional stimulation via more of my senses. Also since we sleep with our door closed, I was not excited about the waft of beef broth that was going to greet me in the morning so I reduced the heat of the bone broth to low on the crock pot while we were sleeping and then bumped it back up to high when we woke up. Everything went over much better than expected! :)
While I was making the bone broth I didn’t know how I was going to use it but it has definitely come in handy. Jeff is now back up to snuff, after having bowl after bowl – night after night – of beef bone broth AND I’ve used it in a few dishes here and there since it’s been readily available in my fridge.
The down side to making bone broth is you have to wait so long and the amount produced in the end was much less than I was expecting. Guess I’ll have to just double up next time! :)
I’ve read about people who have combined different bones but I found success with the roasted beef bones and I’m not too interested in straying from this recipe because I know it works well.
OH! A couple more things… I thought it was odd that everyone said they threw away their vegetables. I had yet to read an explanation of why they were of no use but in the end, the carrots and meat wind up not having any flavor left. All the good bits are transferred into the broth and I think that’s pretty cool, now that I understand. Although I couldn’t part with throwing away good roasted and marinated meat, so I ate that part and threw away the veggies. :p
Also many recipes call for the use of filtered water, so if you don’t have good tap water that might be something to keep in mind.
Have you made your own bone broth? What is your favorite recipe? How have you used it?
Paleo Grassfed Beef Bone Broth
- 1 lb grassfed beef bones
- 3 carrots
- 3 celery ribs
- 2 leeks
- 1/2 head garlic, smashed
- 3 quarts water
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Place beef bones on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 1 hour.
- While the bones are roasting, roughly chop carrots, celery and leeks into 2-3 inch pieces and add to the crock pot. (Don’t forget to clean the leeks.)
- Cut a head of garlic in half and smash each individual clove of garlic with the side of a knife. Remove the garlic peel and add smashed cloves to the crock pot.
- Top vegetables with roasted bones and add water.
- Set crock pot to high and bring to a boil (this took me approximately 4 hours).
- Lower crock pot to low and cook for 12-48 hours. (I let mine go for just over 24 and brought back up to high while I was awake.)
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the leeks, carrots, celery and garlic as best you can then strain the broth through a mesh strainer or cheese cloth into a glass dish or mason jar.
- Let cool on the counter before topping off with the lid and transferring to the refrigerator (or freezer, if you don’t plan to use/drink within a week).
- Enjoy! :)