How to Make Nourishing Beef Bone Broth

Ali Segersten Dec 29, 2015

Bone broth is definitely all the rage these days, however, this food staple has been around for ages. Cooking the bones of animals along with a variety of vegetables creates a nourishing and extremely flavorful base from which you can create rich-tasting and satisfying soups and stews. Yes bone broth has a small amount of minerals and some easily digested amino acids, but it also has something called umami.

Umami is part of the five tastes along with sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. It's a meaty flavor you get from bone broths, some hard cheeses, tomatoes, mushrooms, soy sauce, fish sauce, and other fermented foods. It's the taste that makes you go "ahhhh" after a good meal, helping to create pleasure in eating and a satisfaction with your meal that leads to satiety.

I like to cook beef bone broth in the wintertime because of the long cooking time. When I make beef bone broth I usually make a large batch in my 12-quart stockpot and cook it all day for about 3 days on a low simmer and then set the pot on my garage floor to cool during the night, then bring it back in the next morning, adding back in water that was lost through evaporation. I don't have a slow cooker large enough to fit this recipe! During this long cooking time, the collagen matrix in the bones begins to break down into free amino acids, making the broth a good source of glycine and proline. Free glycine  is very beneficial because it can to bind to toxic chemicals and pull them out of the body in a Phase 2 liver detoxification reaction called glycination. Glycine also supports the production of glutathione (the body's primary antioxidant) and helps to rebuild collagen within our own bone structure. The acids (vinegar or wine) added to the broth during cooking also break down the meaty parts of the bone, freeing some additional amino acids. These free amino acids in the broth can be very beneficial for those with weak or compromised digestion. Oftentimes people with impaired digestion are deficient in amino acids, so bone broths can provide a quick route back to health.

If you have an autoimmune condition, have adrenal fatigue, have food or environmental allergies, have poor digestion, or have a child or toddler who is pale or malnourished ("failure to thrive" children") then consider adding bone broth into your weekly meal planning.

Look for organic, pastured beef knuckle and marrow bones at your local Farmer's Market or health food store (they can often be found in the freezer section). I like to roast the bones in the oven first before making the broth. This creates both a richer flavor and helps to remove some of the excess fat.

I hope you enjoy this nourishing beef bone broth recipe (also called beef stock)! I like to use it as a base for lentil and vegetable soups, beef stew, and minestrone soup! My Nourishing Meals cookbook has plenty of soup and stew recipes where this bone broth can be used if you need any recipe inspiration!

5 Pounds of Pastured Beef Bones Before Roasting

Healing Beef Bone Broth Recipe

Beef bone broth is rich in flavor and nutrients. Sip a mug of it when you are feeling under the weather, or use it as a base for soups and stews. If you don’t have burgundy or red wine on hand, replace it with ¼ cup red wine vinegar. In the wintertime, I like to cook my stock on the stove all day, and then place it in my cold garage overnight, then in the morning I return the pot to the stove and let it cook all day. Keep doing this for 3 to 4 days total. Alternatively you can use a large crockpot and cook for a few days. This recipe can also be found on page 155 of my Nourishing Meals cookbook!

5 pounds organic beef soup bones (knuckle, marrow, and some meaty bones)

3 medium onions, chopped

3 to 4 carrots, chopped

4 to 5 celery stalks, chopped

2 garlic heads, chopped

5 to 6 sun-dried tomatoes

3 bay leaves

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

handful fresh thyme

1 cup burgundy cooking wine or red wine

5 quarts water

1 tablespoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place bones onto a rimmed cookie sheet and roast for 45 to 60 minutes. Use tongs to place them into an 8- or 12-quart stockpot. Add the remaining ingredients.

Bring to a gentle boil. Watch for any scum to rise to the top and skim off. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 12 to 72 hours; adding more water as needed.

Remove the bones and pick off any meat left on the bones. Save the meat and incorporate into another dish (salads, tacos, soup, etc.). Strain stock into another pot or large bowl using a fine mesh strainer. Ladle into quart jars using a wide-mouthed funnel, leaving 1 to 2 inches of space from the top. Let the stock completely cool in your refrigerator, then freeze uncovered. Once frozen you can screw the lids on. Doing it this way prevents the jars from cracking. If you plan on using your stock within a week then refrigerate until ready to use.

When ready to use, you will see a layer of fat at the top of the jar. Skim this off before using (you can save the fat in a small jar to sauté with if you wish).

Yield: 4 to 5 quarts

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Hi Janice,

Yes! You can replace it with 4 tablespoons of vinegar. I'm glad you are enjoying the site, thank you! 😊

In the Healing Beef Bone Broth Recipe, can we substitute apple cider vinegar for the 1 cup wine, and if so, how much apple cider vinegar would we use? Love your site! Thank-you!

Miss your posts. Thank you for your inspiration!

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That is a great tip about freezing the jars and adding the lids after it's frozen. I've been freezing my broth in bags and not too happy about the plastic bags but didn't want my glass jars breaking. Thanks for the tip!

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