I’m usually HUNGRY when I wake up. I might sometimes crave a sweet breakfast, and often we cook a hearty skillet. But my favorite thing when I first wake is a hot cuppa-something. I love my morning coffee, but sometimes I feel like the “buzz” is. Lately, I’ve been more often reaching first for a mug of bone broth. It sounds funky if it’s unfamiliar to you, but basically, it’s like having a steaming mug of grandma’s chicken soup, hearty and warm, and the perfect thing to get my body moving in the morning.
Delicious and Nutritious Beef Bone Broth
Fall is in the air and the time to make delicious broth is upon us. Fall is my favorite season with the changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures and the sipping of a steaming hot cup of delicious broth!
After you taste your first sip of the rich deep broth flavor, I promise you there is no turning back! With just a few simple ingredients you too can make bone broth to enjoy in hand during the cooler months (and you can freeze it for future use!). Bone broth is known to contain many beneficial amino acids like glutamine which helps improve digestive health, and also reduces joint inflammation. It is my favorite way to start my morning (literally, just warm it in a mug and sip), but it also adds incredible depth of flavor to any recipe where you use broth.
Making your own bone broth takes up to 24 hours (although that’s mostly hands-off), so I almost always keep a premade bone broth on hand to add to soups and other recipes. There are a few varieties on the market but currently, my favorite is Kettle & Fire. They have the perfect consistency and use organic ingredients, which I prefer whenever possible. You can buy their broth online and use the promo code “DANCING15” to get 15% off your first order! (Affiliate links included: you get the same price if you choose to order, and I get a small commission for recommending a product I love.)
It’s actually super easy to make your own beef bone broth if you have a crockpot, and for some reason it took me way too long to try it! I usually make a big batch and store a few jars in the fridge to use right away, and some to store in the freezer. (Be sure to follow best practices when freezing; here’s a post with great tips.) The recipe is simple, but it takes 12-24 hours to simmer the bones to produce the nutritious gelatin in the broth.
Here’s a quick video to buzz through the recipe below!
When you make beef broth, if possible, ask your butcher for grass-fed beef bones; they provide the best flavor and most nutrition after simmering. So, break out that crock pot and make a delicious pot of steaming bone broth, you won’t know what hit your taste buds!
Beef Bone Broth
- 3-4 lbs of mixed beef bones (oxtail, knuckles, neckbones and/or short ribs)
- 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
- 3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 bay leaf
- Put the beef bones on a sheet pan or roasting pan in a single layer. Drizzle the olive oil and evenly coat all the bones.
- Roast in a 400 F oven for 30 minutes. Turn each bone over and roast for an additional 30 minutes.
- After the bones have roasted, put them and the rest of the ingredients in a large crock pot or soup pot. Cover completely with water and bring to a high simmer.
- Once you have a high simmer, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 12-24 hours. Make sure all the ingredients are completely submerged in water, adding more water as needed.
- Once the broth has reached a dark rich brown color, remove from heat. Discard the bones, vegetables and bay leaf.
- Strain through a wire mesh strainer and put into a container to cool to room temperature. Once at room temperature put into jars and into the fridge.
- Let the broth cool for at least 1 hour and up to 1 month before using. When you are ready to use, skim the condensed fat from the top and heat to the desired temperature.
Enjoy! Nothing says “comfort” better than a steaming cup of bone broth! What is your favorite warming breakfast?