Homemade Chicken Broth

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Homemade Chicken Broth

I can prepare nourishing and delicious homemade chicken broth thanks to the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook.  Here is an excerpt about homemade bone broths:
“Properly prepared, meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate.  Acidic wine or vinegar added during cooking helps to draw minerals, particularly calcium, magnesium and potassium, into the broth….Modern research has confirmed that broth helps prevent and mitigate infectious diseases” (Nourishing Traditions p. 117).
Homemade Chicken Broth
1 whole free-range chicken (www.eatwild.com for local sources)
4 quarts cold water
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 large onion chopped
2 carrots chopped (optional)
3 celery sticks chopped (optional)
Garlic or garlic powder
1 Tbsp sea salt
Place chicken and other ingredients in big pot.  Bring to a boil, remove foamy stuff that rises to the top.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6-24 hours.  The longer you cook it the richer and more flavorful it will be.
Let cool down.  I always strain it all into a big bowl and then pour the clear broth into my mason jars.  Through refrigeration, the fat will rise to the top and you can skim it off later.
A few variations: I also like to add thyme and bay leaves.  I do not always have carrots or celery, so I leave those out when making the stock sometimes.   You can keep 1 chicken going in the crock pot for a week.  Just keep replacing the water every 12- 24 hours.  This is a very practical way to stock your kitchen with healthy bone broth!
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By | 2017-10-05T20:40:55-04:00 February 28th, 2012|Nourishing Traditions, Nutrition, Recipes|8 Comments

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I am a mother of 3. We eat nourishing and traditional food at home. We use natural healing successfully with essential oils, herbs, and homeopathy. We love being in the outdoors and living the "green" life.


  1. primalpat February 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Love bone broth! Have some in the fridge right now 🙂

    Great post!

  2. Green Boot Kaley February 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    We love it too! We use it pretty often around here.:)

  3. Sandy Maberly November 1, 2012 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Great post Kaley. I have a question though. When you say that you can keep one chicken going in the crockpot for a week do you actually mean the SAME chicken, leaving the pot going and just changing out the water? Do you take the meat off the bones when it is cooked after the first 6-24 hours. Can you just continue to cook the bones and still get the same results?

    • Green Boot Kaley November 1, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply

      You just strain the broth out and then add new water. You can keep the meat on the bones and even the veggies in. Sometimes I switch out the onions or carrots and add a few more bay leaves. Just depends on the day. So yes just keep it going! Very cost effective…. another thing I love about homemade bone broth. I know some people that do this for 7 days in a row/ per 1 chicken! I don’t need that much broth all at once though 🙂

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