Instant pot bone broth is nutrients enriched stock. Slowly simmered for a long time, this bone broth recipe uses left over chicken bones and vegetables scrap. That’s right, turn your kitchen scrape into the most delicious bone broth.
Do you always throw away vegetables scrap?! Just DON’T!
It’s time we learn the techniques and benefits of WASTE-FREE dining.
Save those onions skins and tip, all the carrot peels, save all the garlic peels, don’t throw away the stalks of herbs – parsley, rosemary, thyme. Just don’t waste those scraps, it’s nutrients rich and we could use them to make broth out of it.
Instant pot bone broth is warm and comforting. It’s good for you! You could sip on it anytime you want. When you crave for warm beverage, sip on instant pot bone broth. On cold days, drinking bone broth is one of the best ways to warm you.
Make your very own, delicious chicken bone broth at home easily, by using all the veggies scrap and chicken bones (leftover bones). Bone broth pressure cooker is east, fast and you can make broth in just 2 hours(ofcourse it won’t be rich as simmering it over night), but still SO GOOD!
Don’t throw away those chicken bones. If you are making a roast chicken or prepping for shredded chicken or any other chicken dish for that matter, once you have taken/eaten out the flesh of the chicken, the leftover bones can be saved for making your own version of bone broth.
Homemade instant pot bone broth is far tastier than any boxed, canned or bottled stuffs, trust me. Try making your own bone broth and you’ll stop buying bone broth for ever.
It’s super easy to make plus this recipe calls for all vegetable scraps that you would usually throw it away along with leftover chicken bones – either from your Sunday roast or others.
What Is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is a broth made by simmering roasted bones along with connective tissues of animals along with vegetables for a very very long time.
Simmer in large pot on stove top for 12 to 24 hours. Instant pot can also get the job done of making bone broth, and in much lesser time. Bone broth pressure cooker method takes around 2 hours. But it may not be as rich as simmer overnight on stove top.
The contents of the broth are drawn from the boiled bones including collagen, bone marrow, amino acids, minerals, and other nutrients. These components are extracted by slow cooking for long hours.
Sometimes acids like vinegar or red wine is added can help loosen and dissolve tougher bits.
Use bones of animals along with tissues and carcasses.
Use vegetables like carrots, celery, onions, garlic, herbs.
Use red wine vinegar or red wine to help extract nutrients.
As the bones and vegetables simmer slowly for a long time, all the collagen in the animal bones is broken done and released into the broth. So the bone broth is basically rich in proteins, antioxidants, animal fat, collagen, vitamins and LIFE!
Chicken bone broth is made from leftover bones of chicken wings, things, or any other bones (you could also use the carcasses) along with vegetables scrap. The best part is – this bone broth recipe is completely customizable.
Out of vegetables – use veggie scraps.
Out of a particular vegetable – skip them.
Don’t have chicken bones – You any bones you like (turkey necks, beef knees)
Are you a vegetarian – skip the bones, use only vegetables.
Why Do you Have to Simmer Bone Broth For Very Long Time?
Simple reason why bone broth takes long time. It takes time for the nutrients and minerals to be extracted from the bones into the broth. So simmering for longer time helps draw ALL the nutrients and minerals out of the bones.
Simmering for long times makes your broth rich.
Bone Broth Benefits
I wont be wrong to call bone broth powerful portion. That’s right! Bone broth is believed to be a cure for ALL. Ensure to use organic ingredients to make organic bone broth. Some of the health benefits of bone broth are:
- Bone broth is nutritional gold mine –
Bone broth is full of amino acids, collagen, animal fat and varieties of minerals and nutrients.
This powerful portion is low-calorie, high protein food which provides minerals like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Bone broth helps strengthen bones and reduce joint aches.
- Bone broth is natural wrinkle blaster –
Some researchers suggest using collagen supplements may reduce visible signs of aging thus many trust and buy collagen supplements for skin health. Bone broth is natural source of collagen.
Bone broth is great for your skin. Some call it “fountain of youth” a great “Botox alternative”. It may be exaggerated saying, but what’s important to note is bone broth is great for your skin. It makes your skin smooth and gorgeous. It beautifies your skin.
Not just great for skin, it does marvelous things to your nail, teeth, as well as bones!
- Bone broth is natural healer –
Sipping on bone broth as it is gives you great relief when you are down with cold. Chicken bone broth soup is a natural healer which can help fight cold and other infections.
All the nutrients in the bone broth that is released from all the vegetables used to make the broth helps boost your immunity system. What actually fights the infection by strengthen the immunity system is a mix of vegetables not just the bones in the bone broth.
So want to have a bone broth that helps you strengthen your immune system, make bone broth with a mix of vegetables.
Drinking soup made from bone broth is only as nutritious and delicious as it can get. Next time you’re sick or someone in the family is sick, don’t just make soup, make soup with bone broth.
Bone broth soup will not just help you feel better by warming your belly, it also helps you fight cold.
- Bone broth improves sleep and reduces anxiety –
Anxiety – your worst enemy. Anxiety leads to sleeplessness and sleeplessness can lead to anxiety. It’s a vicious circle.
For a good night sleep, balanced supply of nutrients like amino acid glutamine is essential. Glutamine is found abundance in bone broth. Glutamine strengthens intestinal cells, stabilizes immune system and helps against stress, depression and anxiety.
Drinking bone broth means, your giving your body glutamine that has calming effects and counteracts symptoms of stress.
- Bone broth heals your gut –
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which substances can leak from your intestine into your blood. You can also get leaky gut after a course of antibiotics. Leaky gut? Drink done broth to heal it.
The gelatin in bone broth binds with water in the digestive track, protecting the lining of your intestine.
Is Bone Broth Good For You?
There is no evidence of advantage of consuming amino acid and minerals from bone broth as opposed to other foods.
In fact pressure cooker bone broth (or stove top bone broth) made with just bones was found to be a poor source of many nutrients , addition of vegetables increased the content of several important nutrients like potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron.
So if you want to benefits from bone broth make a pressure cooker bone broth with loads of vegetables and bones in it.
Can Bone Broth Be Harmful?
There is no solid research done regarding bone broth benefits and it’s harmful effects. It’s all suggestions based on one’s practice.
Likewise there is no ground breaking research on harmful effects of bone broth either.
However, bone broth may have some potentially harmful effects.
LEAD – is the serious concern in bone broth. Lead and other metals build up in bones and it’s just true to human bones. Even animal bones store heavy metals, particularly lead.
When bones are boiled for longer time, lead is released from bones into the bone broth. Even if you use organic chicken or beef or turkey, there organic bone broth would also have lead in it.
And researches show that lead is serious concern and can be serious harmful to humans. When human body is exposed to lead, there may be adverse effects on almost all organs in the body.
Lead builds up body fat and causes irresponsibility to neurons. It’s dangerous for kids, especially with risk of behavioral problems like hyper activity, or impaired growth, hearing problems, lower IQ, anemia.
There is no research for “safe” level of lead exposure. So we can’t really tell you how much of lead intake is safe for you.
That means you may want to restrict the amount of consumption of bone broth instant pot.
We do not recommend you to sip it all day long.
How To Make Bone Broth in Instant Pot (with step-by-step pictorial)?
Step 1 – Place chicken bones, carcasses and tissues in instant pot.
Note: if you don’t have leftover chicken bones, you can go to the butcher shop and ask for chicken bones. Else you can also buy chicken, remove all the flesh and use the bones from chicken.
Step 2 – Add in all the vegetables scraps. I have carrot peels, onion peels, and tips, celery stalks, and leaves.
Step 3 – For more flavors, you can add stalks of herbs( or some fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme), few bay leaves. Black pepper corns, cinnamon sticks, star anise are my favorite spices for making instant pot chicken stock.
Step 4 –Pour water, to cover the bones. Water should not go above the max fill line. I fill instant pot with water up to 1 inch below the max fill line.
Step 5 – Cover instant pot with lid. Put the valve in “sealing” position.
Step 6 – Select “manual” mode. Press the timer to set to 120 minutes (that is 2 hours).
Step 7 – Once cooking time is over, allow instant pot to release all it’s pressure naturally, so the broth gets as much flavors as possible and turns rich.
Step 8 – Strain broth. Cool completely.
Step 9 – Store in air tight jars and refrigerate. For longer storage you can freeze broth in ice cube trays and store the frozen broth in zip lock bags.
How To Use Chicken Bone Broth?
Drink it up
I enjoy chicken bone broth straight up while it’s still hot. You can drink chicken bone broth while it’s still warm, seasoned with salt and pepper and little lemon juice squeezed into it.
Drinking bone broth instead of green tea is my best way to spend chilly winter evenings.
Use bone broth to make soups like chicken noodles soups. You bone broth to even cook the noodles for making chicken noodles soups. So much flavors.
I love to cook my lentils or any other stew ingredients in homemade chicken bone broth for extra nutrients and flavors. The stew turns out full of flavors.
Use it anywhere
Use chicken bone broth any recipe where you might use store-bought broth.
How To Freeze Bone Broth?
Bone broth stays good in refrigerator for up to a week. You can store longer. Just freeze bone broth. To freeze homemade instant pot bone broth, allow the filtered broth to cool completely.
Pour into ice cube trays and place it in freezer for couple of hours until completely frozen. Remove tray from freezer once cubes are frozen. Remove the frozen cubes from the tray. Pack it zip lock bags.
Frozen chicken bone broth will stay for 3 months.
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Instant Pot Bone Broth
- 3 lb chicken bones carcasses and tissues
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 onion
- ½ garlic bud
- 6 sprigs thyme leaves
- 5 sprigs rosemary leaves
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 star anise
- 2 inch cinnamon stick
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt I used Himalaya rock salt
- 25 pepper corns crushed
- 1 – Place chicken bones, carcasses and tissues in instant pot.
- Note: if you don’t have leftover chicken bones, you can go to the butcher shop and ask for chicken bones. Else you can also buy chicken, remove all the flesh and use the bones from chicken.
- 2 –I’ve used a zip lock bag full of vegetables scraps. Add in all the vegetables scraps. I have carrot peels, onion peels, and tips, celery stalks, and leaves. If your not using vegetables scraps, use the vegetable ingredients mentioned above, do not bother to peel the skin of carrots. Simply chop them up rough and add it to the pot.
- 3– Because I love flavors, I added stalks of herbs( or some fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme), few bay leaves. Black pepper corns, cinnamon sticks, star anise are my favorite spices for making instant pot chicken stock. Add all herbs and spices that you want to add in now.
- 4 –Pour water, to cover the bones. Water should not go above the max fill line. I fill instant pot with water up to 1 inch below the max fill line.
- 5 – Cover instant pot with lid. Put the valve in “sealing” position.
- 6 – Select “manual” mode. Press the timer to set to 120 minutes (that is 2 hours).
- 7 – Once cooking time is over, allow instant pot to release all it’s pressure naturally.
- 8 – Strain broth. Cool completely. Store in air tight jars and refrigerate. For longer storage you can freeze broth in ice cube trays and store the frozen broth in zip lock bags.