Bone Broth: A Nutrient-packed Dish For Family Meals

Hello, dear friends! It’s your County Mama, Darian, back with another exciting culinary adventure. As you might know, my kitchen is my sanctuary, the place where I pour love into every meal I prepare for my beautiful family. Today, I’m excited to bring a nutrient-packed dish that has been a game-changer in my cooking repertoire—Bone Broth.

Bone Broth

Bone Broth

Bone Broth

Hello, dear friends! It's your County Mama, Darian, back with another exciting culinary adventure. As you might know, my kitchen is my sanctuary, the place where I pour love into every meal I prepare for my beautiful family. Today, I'm excited to bring a nutrient-packed dish that has been a game-changer in my cooking repertoire—Bone Broth.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 267 kcal


  • 1 slow cooker


  • Chicken carcass
  • 8 cups Water
  • Onions
  • Garlic cloves
  • Vegetable scraps carrot ends, celery pieces, etc.


  • Plugin your slow cooker and turn it on low for 10 hours.
  • Chop your onion in quarters, leaving the skins on them. Also chop you garlic, once again leaving the skins on them.
  • Toss in your chicken carcass, your vegetable scraps, onions, and garlic.
  • Pour in about 8 cups of water, if you notice you have more room then feel free to add more water in the slow cooker.
  • Add the lid to the slow cooker and walk away. You can stir it every little bit if you want to, but it's not necessary.
  • After the 10 hours, strain the broth into mason jars. Make sure when filling the jars to leave about 1/2 inch to 1 inch of headspace. 
  • Let the broth completely cool before placing the jars into the freezer. 



If you know you want to make some bone broth in the future and don’t want to make it the same time you make a chicken for dinner – totally understandable. Then I suggest freezing your vegetable scraps and your chicken carcass until your ready to make it.
Keyword broth, chicken

The Magic of Bone Broth

Bone Broth

If I were to describe bone broth in one word, it would be ‘nourishing.’ This humble, simmering pot of bones and vegetables is packed full of minerals and nutrients that our bodies crave. It’s not just food; it’s comfort in a bowl, especially on a cold day when Zoey, Scarlett, and Dain are playing outside and come in rosy-cheeked and chilled.

But let’s dig a little deeper into this magical elixir. Bone broth, as the name suggests, is made by slow-cooking bones (usually beef or chicken) with vegetables, herbs, and spices. The slow-cooking process allows the extraction of collagen, amino acids, and other beneficial compounds locked within the bones.

Now, I’m no nutritionist, but I can tell you from experience that incorporating bone broth into our daily diet has made a significant difference. It’s said to support digestion, joints, skin, and more. I’ve noticed that my kids’ hair and nails grow stronger, and even my husband has seen improvement in his digestion. Plus, I can’t deny the glow it gives my skin!

Cooking Tips: Getting the Most Out of Your Broth

Bone Broth

When it comes to making bone broth, there are a few tips I’d like to share.

Firstly, the type of bones matters. I usually opt for knuckle and marrow bones, but you could also use feet, ribs, and even oxtails. For a richer broth, roast the bones beforehand.

Remember, slow and steady wins the race. The longer you simmer your broth, the more nutritious it becomes. I usually let mine go for 24 hours. Patience is key here, folks!

Finally, don’t forget to add an acid, like vinegar or lemon juice. This helps to break down the bones and extract all those beneficial nutrients.

Serving Suggestion

Bone Broth

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for—the myriad ways to serve this nutrient-packed wonder. Bone broth is incredibly versatile, making it easy to incorporate into your daily diet.

  • For a simple, soothing sip, heat up a mug of bone broth and drink it as is. I like to add a squeeze of lemon for an extra boost of vitamin C.
  • Use bone broth as a base for soups, stews, chilies, and more. The broth boosts the nutritional value while also enhancing the flavor. Some of my go-tos are minestrone soup, beef stew, and white chicken chili made with bone broth.
  • Cook grains like rice, quinoa, and barley in bone broth instead of water. The extra protein and minerals get absorbed into the grains.
  • Try using bone broth in place of water when cooking beans, lentils or veggies. You’ll be amazed at how much more flavorful they turn out.
  • Make a bone broth smoothie by blending the broth with your favorite fruits and veggies. My husband loves this post-workout protein boost.
  • Use bone broth as a poaching liquid for chicken breasts, fish fillets or eggs. It keeps the ingredients super moist and infuses them with nutrients.
  • Mix bone broth with shredded chicken, veggies and noodles or rice for a complete meal in a bowl. I love to top it with fresh herbs, chili oil or a poached egg. It’s a hit with the kiddos too!
  • Stir fry meats and veggies in bone broth instead of oil for a lighter yet flavorful option.

The options are endless when cooking with bone broth. Get creative and have fun enhancing dishes with this nourishing ingredient. Your body will thank you!


Bone Broth

Over time, I’ve received quite a few questions about bone broth. Here are a few common ones:

Can you make this dish in a slow cooker?

Absolutely! In fact, it’s my preferred method. It allows me to set it and forget it, which is a blessing when you have three little ones running around.

Can it be frozen?

Yes, it can. It’s a great way to have a nutritious meal base on hand at all times.

Is it suitable for dogs?

Our pups Timer and Winston love a bit of cooled bone broth mixed into their food. It’s packed with nutrients good for them too!

Conclusion: My Personal View

In the end, what makes bone broth so special is that it’s more than just a dish—it’s a tradition, passed down through generations. It’s the embodiment of the idea that food is medicine. It’s one of those dishes that feels like a warm hug, nourishing from the inside out.

As always, remember that cooking isn’t just about feeding—it’s about caring, loving, and nurturing. It’s about creating those moments of comfort and joy around the table. And for me, bone broth does just that. So go ahead and give it a try. Your body—and your loved ones—will thank you!

Until next time, keep that pot simmering and that heart full of love.

Yours, Darian, the County Mama

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