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When it comes to making bone broth, you can definitely use a stock pot on your stove, but that does tend to take more effort. An easier method is to use your slow cooker, so that you can set it and forget it. You want to use a standard-size slow cooker about 4-6 quarts. Here are some tips for using your slow cooker to make the bone broth.
Prepping the Bones
Even if you intend to use a slow cooker for your bone broth, there are a few things you need to do to the bones beforehand to prepare for the broth-making process. The first thing you want to do is blanch the bones. This is going to remove all the impurities from the bones, without losing all the marrow and gelatin that you want to get from them. You should try to blanch all bones before you roast them. To do this, simply add the bones to a pot, cover with cold water, and boil then for about 20 minutes. You then want to drain the bones, and prepare for roasting.
Roasting the bones gives the bone broth more flavor, and allows you to get more from the bones during the slow cooker process. Turn on your oven to 425-450 degrees Fahrenheit, then roast your bones for about 15 minutes.
Slow Cooker Bone Broth
After you have blanched and roasted the bones, you are ready to use your slow cooker to make the broth. Keep in mind most bone broth will be made not just with the bones and water, but also some seasonings. This will depend on what you want to use the broth for and what type of animal bones you are using. You can make a typical broth with onion, carrots and celery, or just add some of your favorite seasonings and veggies.
Add your bones with the veggies and seasonings to a slow cooker, covering the bones completely with filtered water. You may want to cover the vegetables in cheesecloth and tie it up so that you don’t have to strain the broth from the veggies later. You will cook the broth on low for about 24 hours or longer if you want.
If you are going to use the bone broth on the same day, you can save some in a container for your refrigerator, then freeze the rest in smaller containers.