Nutrient-Rich Bone Broth – My First Post!

The name itself sounds primal, right? Bone broth is packed with nutrients and vitamins which is great for gut health, joint health, and much more. It contains glycosaminoglycans like glucosamine to help your joints. Bone broth also boosts collagen and leaves your hair, skin, and nails looking more awesome than Michelle Obama’s arms. Drinking bone broth when you have an ailment like Ulcerative Colitis is great because the gelatin gets all up in the intestinal lining and says, “dude, seriously, calm down. I got this.” And then you’re healed!

It’s basically the Wolverine of food.

Some people drink it as a detox because of the amino acid that helps your liver. But I just think it tastes really good and it’s like liquid meat…which is awesome.

bone broth ingredients

This is a great staple to have in the home because, let’s face it, store bought broths aren’t that good. They are packed with salt, soy, yeast, and other preservatives that you aren’t supposed to put in broth. Below are the simple ingredients to my beef bone broth. However, chicken/turkey bones work great too!


  • 5 pounds beef marrow bones
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 large onion (or 1 small onion & 1 leek, white part only)
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • bay leaf
  • Water

Sear the marrow bones for about 2 minutes on each side. Knock out the marrow when they are done. Discard the marrow. Then add the bones to the crockpot with garlic and cider vinegar. Fill with water just enough to cover the bones. You’ll need to save room for the veggies later. Cook on high for at least 10 hours. Experiment with the times for your taste preference, but I recommend the longer the better.


After the bones have been simmering for 10 or more hours, roughly chop the veggies in 3 inch chunks. Add veggies and all other remaining ingredients then fill up with more water. Cook on low for another 4-8 hours.

You can put all the ingredients together in the beginning in case you are not home or don’t feel like tending to bone broth twice in one day. However, I find that cooking the veggies for a shorter period of time at the end of cooking makes them less bitter and gives a rounder taste to the broth.

I threw in a few extra chicken bones to this batch.

Drain it and stick it in the fridge.

After it has been in the fridge for a while, take it out and scrape off the fat. You should notice that the broth is gelatinous. That is great. Heat and drink daily or use in other recipes. YUM!

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20 thoughts on “Nutrient-Rich Bone Broth – My First Post!

  1. Rachel O. January 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Laura- I’m very excited to follow your new blog! It’s inspiring to see a friend and fellow UC victim be so proactive. Great job! Will surely be making some bone broth this weekend!

  2. Charlotte (aka Mom) January 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm Reply

    I can tell by this first post that I will be learning a lot from this blog. So our roles are changing! And now I know how to make bone broth. Awesome!

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  4. Aljamin S. January 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm Reply

    In Las Vegas, we have access to a restaurant that serves Ox Tail Soup. Very similar to what u have started here! I’m going to use your method but I’m going to use Ox tail for the bones n marrow! It’s customary to add cilantro for an extra punch in flavor. It’s also served with white rice BUT cauliflower rice would work just fine for me!

    Excited for your blog “Giada of the Paleo World”! :) Happy eating!

    • mangiapaleo January 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm Reply

      sounds delicious! I usually drink the broth plain for health and cleansing purposes. But I will definitely be making some clinatro lime cauliflower rice on the blog soon! :)

      • Aljamin S. January 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm

        I think a collaboration of the two is in order! Can’t wait! I’ll be sure to post on IG and tag you and your blog!

        Bon giorno!

  5. vivianmadeline January 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm Reply

    The marrow is so good for you! Don’t throw it out!

    • mangiapaleo January 20, 2014 at 9:41 pm Reply

      You’re very right. I do usually eat it. But for the sake of this recipe I made sure to ‘discard’. By discard I mean MANGIA! haha :)

      • vivianmadeline January 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        Okay good! Glad you’re throwing it away into your mouth haha :)

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  8. Kristen March 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm Reply

    I am assuming you can make soups (like chicken and random vegetables) with this broth? I’ve been on a huge soup for lunch kick lately..but kind of want to find a better alternative (less salty and processed,but also easy) to cans of soup.

    • mangiapaleo March 26, 2014 at 11:49 am Reply

      Yes, of course! I freeze a few batches and use it for soups and stews. I also add it to stir fry veggies or anything I need to add water or moisture too while I’m cooking.

      • kristen March 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        How much do you dilute it for soups or does it not really matter (ideally, I’d want to stretch the batch). :)

  9. kristen April 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm Reply

    So, I just threw the bone and mire poix into the pot and let it go. Is it normal for beef bone to have a really strong smell? Google result say yes, but I’d like your thoughts.

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  11. Brigitte June 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm Reply

    Why doesn’t mine ever turn to a gelatinous state?

    • mangiapaleo June 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm Reply

      It may depend on how long you cook it for and also the bone to water ratio. Try it for at least 12 hours on a low simmer. Or use more bones. :) Hope that helps!

  12. sustylife June 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm Reply

    I like the addition of garlic cloves to the recipe. I’ll try that next time! Bone broth is the perfect breakfast drink!

    • mangiapaleo June 25, 2014 at 8:43 am Reply

      Awesome – ENJOY! I add garlic to everything I can ;)

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