Homemade Bone Broth

Healing the Gut

It's common knowledge that chicken noodle soup has magical healing powers. After all, that's why our mothers always served us a warm bowl of soup when we came down with whatever bug was going around, right? Turns out, though, that the healing power of broth is not just a wive's tale. Bone broth actually does have healing power. Say what?!

It's true! The secret is actually the stock or broth itself. Homemade, traditional meat stock is full of fats, amino acids, minerals, and nutrients that are used by the body as building blocks to heal cells, tissues, and organs. 

When our digestive systems are sick or damaged, the host of cells, bacteria, and enzymes that break down food and absorb nutrients, are unable to perform their important functions. This allows toxins and particles to seep into the blood stream, confusing the immune system and damaging the nervous system.

Autoimmune diseases, food allergies, eczema, and asthma are just a few consequences of what is known as "leaky gut."  Depression, anxiety, ADD, memory loss, and autism can all result from toxins in our food and environment getting into our bodies and spreading throughout our bodies and to our brains.

What Heals the Gut

The good news is that most of our bodies are still capable of healing these issues--if it is given the right chance. Permeability in the gut needs to be sealed and the gut wall and digestive lining need to be strengthened. Toxins need to be removed from the body and replaced with nutrients that will enable normal functioning of the body's systems.

Incorporating a healing protocol such as GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) or eating a real foods diet such as found through WAPF (Weston A Price Foundation) does just that. These diets are focused on getting the body the maximum about of nutrition possible--through easily digestible forms of fats.  Bones and marrow, gelatinous meats, connective tissue, egg yolks, and the like provide the vitamins, minerals, collagen, and cholesterol that the body uses to REGROW CELLS, restore immunity, and detox the body.

Meat, fish, and other animal products are richer in Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5, B6, B12,Biotin, and Vitamin A than nearly any other food on the planet (and that DEFINITELY includes fortified cereals).  Our bodies know how to use these nutrients, as they are unprocessed and in the same form nature created them.. And if the body does not need them, they are naturally removed from the body, as opposed to being stored in fat or clogging up arteries like processed foods do. 

Cooking to Heal the Gut

The secret to nutrient dense bone broth is gently simmering organic, grass-fed bones over a long period of time (at least 24 hours). This slowly releases the essential nutrients that will heal the gut lining (no more leaky gut!!!) and bolster immune systems. The gelatin from the joints and bones of animals will renew and strengthen our own bones, organs, joints, hair, and skin.

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The process below is the easiest way I've found to prepare and store a whole bunch of broth. I used to spill broth EVERYWHERE every time I would try and do this. I couldn't figure out how to get the bones or chicken out of the crockpot without it falling back in and splashing boiling water all over me!! With time and practice, I've finally figured out what works for me and I'm proud to say I can do this whole process without spilling a single drop of broth anywhere:D I've listed the steps in the directions below but don't be afraid of figuring out a way that works best for you.

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Meat Stock

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 6-8 hours in a slow cooker on low Servings: 10-12 cups chicken broth, 10-12 cups chicken bone stock, 5-6 cups shredded chicken (depending on size)


1 whole chicken
1 onion, quartered
3-4 chopped carrots
3-4 celery ribs
2-3 garlic cloves
1 tsp sea salt
1-2 tsp peppercorns
2 bay leaves
other fresh herbs as desired (rosemary, thyme, parsley, etc.)


Place whole chicken in the crock pot
Fill the crock pot with COLD filtered water (this will help to bring out the flavor more)
Add the vegetables, salt, peppercorns and dried bay leaves
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
Add fresh herbs the last hour of cooking
When done, remove the whole chicken using a medium strainer. Place on a jelly roll pan (the raised edges help to catch any dripping water and the wide surface helps when removing the meat)
While the chicken cools, strain the rest of the broth through a mesh sieve and pour into glass jars.
Store in the refrigerator or freezer. It can last about 7 days in the fridge, but can be brought to a boil again and re-refrigerated to last a few more days if needed

The nutrient profile of bone broth is slightly different than a shorter cooked meat stock. If you have a history of histamine intolerance or are first starting out with a healing diet, first start with meat stocks, which will be easier on the body as you adjust to healing and detoxing. Bone broths can be powerful healers.. but because of that it's best to start these in small amounts and gradually increase.

Bone Broth

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 24-48 hours Servings: 10-12 cups chicken stock


1 whole chicken carcass, (or other bones of any type, skins included)
10-12 cups filtered water
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1 onion, quartered
3-4 chopped carrots
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp peppercorns


After cooking and carving a chicken, place the whole carcass, as well as any skins or extra parts you are able to find--such as the feet or joints--back in the crockpot and fill to the top with filtered water.
Add the apple cider vinegar and other ingredients. Let the slow cooker sit for 30 min to allow the apple cider vinegar to release nutrients into the borth.
Cook on low for 24-48 hours
Strain into glass containers, cool, and store in the refrigerator or freezer

Do you have another way you love to make bone broth? First time? I'd love to know! Leave a comment:)

2 Responses to “Homemade Bone Broth

  • So there I was, on a Thursday night. A single, hungry, man. Little did I know my path would lead me to the house of chef and author of Everyday Wholehearted. She was doing what she does best . . . cook. And somehow I ended up with a delicious bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup, right in front of me. Unfortunately I can’t say there were sparks for me and the author. On the other hand, few bowls of soup have ever tasted so good. So, moral of the story. Make homemade chicken broth? Yeah, something like that.

  • I’m so grateful I had a store of this homemade chicken broth in my freezer. It’s the only thing that has settled well in my stomach after a bout of food poisoning. Thank you for teaching and encouraging me to make and eat more nutritious and healing foods!!

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