Recipe: Beef Bone Broth
Just like with our chicken bone broth recipe, beef bone broth is something you should incorporate into your regular diet. And if you didn’t know, the main differences between bone broth and regular stock are the ingredients and simmer times.
Bone broth uses the parts of the animals that are usually thrown away, such as the bones, marrow, and joints. These animal parts are jam-packed with a protein called collagen, however, the only way to extract these nutrients is with a long cooking process.
By simmering the bones for 12-24 hours, it breaks down the collagen into a more digestible form called gelatin. It’s exactly this gelatin that contains many nutritional benefits such as:
- Healing your gut lining
- Minimize joint inflammation
- Strengthens your immune system & helps detox your liver
It’s why bone broth has become such a popular superfood recently, and are drinking it regularly by sipping it plain, or incorporating it as a base for their favorite recipes.
This beef bone broth recipe consists of just a few simple ingredients and it’s straightforward to make. The only problem is that it’s very time consuming to make, and sometimes it’s tough to source high quality grass-fed bones for the ingredients. Fortunately, there are a number of pre-made brands on the market, but my personal favorite is Kettle & Fire.
I love that they use grass-fed beef bones and organic ingredients. They’re also the only brand that is shelf stable (don’t need to refrigerate) without the use of any preservatives or additives. So check them out on their website where you can buy their bone broth online.
So, if you don’t have the time stock up on Kettle & Fire’s beef bone broth, but if you do have the time, here’s a recipe to learn how to make your very own savory beef bone broth.
Beef Bone Broth
Prep Time | Cook Time | Total Time
20 minutes 1 hour + 12-24 hours 13-25 hours
- 2-3 lbs of mixed beef bones (oxtail, knuckles, neckbones and/or short ribs)
- 2 medium carrots (coarsely chopped)
- 3 celery stalks (coarsely chopped)
- 2 medium onions (coarsely chopped)
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 pc bay leaf
Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss the beef bones with olive oil to evenly coat and place in a single layer on a roasting pan or sheet pan. Roast for 1 hour, flipping halfway through.
Put roasted bones, vegetables, bay leaf and cider vinegar in a large crock pot or soup pot and cover with water. Bring to a high simmer and then reduce heat to low.
Keep the ingredients submerged in water and let simmer on low for 12- 24 hours until broth is a deep rich brown color. Remove from heat.
Discard the bones, vegetables and bay leaf from the pot. Strain through a wire strainer or cheesecloth and cool to room temperature.
Pour cooled broth into jars and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
To serve, skim the condensed fat off the top of the broth and reheat the broth to the desired temperature.
Roasting the Bones
Note that this step is optional in some recipes, but I highly recommend roasting the bones to provide a deeper and more rich flavor to the broth.
To obtain the most nutrition from this broth the ingredients need to be organic and grass-fed. Grass-fed animals will have less toxins and chemical stored in their fat and bones making your broth healthier and more nutritious.
Long Simmer Time
The long simmer time is essential for this recipe to allow the collagen in the bone to break down into digestible gelatin. This is allows your body to absorb the amino acids that promote a healthy immune system, digestive system and overall health.
Bone broth, if done correctly with quality ingredients, is one of the most nutritious foods on the market. Not to mention delicious! The recipe is easy it just takes time, so plan ahead. If you don’t have that kind of time, make sure to buy a brand that uses quality ingredients and advertises a long simmer time, like Kettle & Fire’s bone broth.