Homemade Bone Broth Made Easy

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Bone broth is the thing right now, which is great because it’s great for you. The problem is that most store bought broths have very little of the nutritional value that homemade versions do. Getting good quality broth in a specialty store can get expensive, so if you want good quality broth at a low cost the easiest thing to do is make it at home.

It’s true that bone broth takes hours up on hours of simmering, but all of that can be done in the crock pot. The bonus of this method is that you will come home to a delicious smelling house. The recipe below is a simple and basic recipe for homemade bone broth, however you can change it up based on your own tastes.

Ginger root and lemon grass make a very interesting addition to the broth that is a great base for any Asian dish. Personally my favorite combination includes a few sprigs of thyme and a lemon cut in half. It makes a great base to toss with pasta.

Crock Pot Bone Broth

1 medium onion, quartered

2 carrots, chopped large

2 celery stalks, chopped large

6 garlic cloves, smashed
(papers included)

3.5 lb of bones
(from leftover chicken, or beef soup bones)

2 bay leaves

2 tsp salt

1 tablespoons of apple
cider vinegar

water

Place all ingredients in the crock pot and fill with water until covered. Turn the crock pot on low for 12-24 hours. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and let cool. Scrap the opaque fat from the top. Heat as desired and serve.

Pimm’s Summer Cocktail

Ingredients
1-2 bottles Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur
1 2-Liter of Sprite
1 2-Liter of Ginger Ale
Strawberry slices
Cucumber slices, thin
Mint leaves
Ice Cubes
Instructions
Pour all the liquids in to a dispenser.  1 bottle of Pimm’s makes for a very weak alcoholic beverage, 2 bottles makes for (obviously) a stronger alcoholic beverage so use 1-2 bottles as you desire.
Add strawberry slices, thin slices of cucumber, and mint leaves to the punch.
Add ice cubes or pour over ice.
Traditionally, this summer drink also has orange slices and will use lemonade instead of sprite and ginger ale.  However, this is our family recipe that makes for a popular refreshing summer cocktail.