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How to make Bone Broth in the Instant Pot

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This is by far the easiest & sure way of making Bone Broth & having it gel everytime in only 2 hours! AIP, Paleo www.thehealthnutmama.com
This is by far the easiest & sure way of making Bone Broth & having it gel everytime in only 2 hours! AIP, Paleo www.thehealthnutmama.com
This is by far the easiest & sure way of making Bone Broth & having it gel everytime in only 2 hours! AIP, Paleo www.thehealthnutmama.com

When I first started on the AIP Paleo Diet/Lifestyle, one of the first things I learned to do was make Bone Broth.

There are so many amazing health benefits of consuming Bone Broth. Not only healing Leaky Gut but also a ton more. Read here about the benefits of bone broth and why you should be drinking it every day.

How to cook Bone Broth in an Instant Pot! The easiest, fastest way to make bone broth. www.thehealthnutmama.comWhat I learned is that you take good quality bones, preferably from organic, pastured, grass-fed animals & simmer for 24-48 hours either on the stove or in a crockpot.  I decided to cook mine in the crockpot.  

After doing this for a while, it was great, but I didn’t always like having to wait up to 2 days, plus the house always seemed to smell. That’s when I heard about the Instant Pot!

How to cook Bone Broth in an Instant Pot! The easiest, fastest way to make bone broth. www.thehealthnutmama.comWhat a life changer this was!  The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker & you can cook bone broth in 2-4 hours.  

Well, enough said, I went on Amazon & bought one.

Best thing I ever did.  So far, it gels everytime. Sometimes with the old method, it wouldn’t, so this was another huge plus! How to cook Bone Broth in an Instant Pot! The easiest, fastest way to make bone broth. www.thehealthnutmama.com I save my bones in the freezer in a gallon Ziplock freezer bag until it is full.  How to cook Bone Broth in an Instant Pot! The easiest, fastest way to make bone broth. www.thehealthnutmama.comThat is just the right amount to fill up the Instant Pot. You can either leave it plain, or add a couple of bay leaves, & veggies such as onions, carrots & celery.

I save any of the discards that I cut off of onions, celery & herbs. I also freeze them until time to make bone broth. It makes a great base for soups & stews. How to cook Bone Broth in an Instant Pot! - www.thehealthnutmama.com Then I add 1-2 Tbs. of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar).How to cook Bone Broth in an Instant Pot! The easiest, fastest way to make bone broth. www.thehealthnutmama.comFill the Instant Pot with filtered water until it reaches the fill line or just over the top of bones  Be sure not to overfill.

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How to cook Bone Broth in an Instant Pot! The easiest, fastest way to make bone broth. www.thehealthnutmama.comSet the Instant Pot to manual for 2hrs (120 min.) for chicken, or 4 hrs for beef/pork.  I personally like a mixture of bones.How to cook Bone Broth in an Instant Pot! The easiest, fastest way to make bone broth. www.thehealthnutmama.comYou want to use a very fine mesh strainer similar to the one I have here, to strain the bone broth into your jars. I really like this funnel too.  It works on both regular & wide mouth jars.

That’s it, folks!  Pour yourself a cup, add a little sea salt & enjoy!

Ingredients:


Directions:

  • Add bones (& any optional ingredients) to Instant Pot
  • Add ACV
  • Add filtered water
  • Put the lid on securely & turn on manual for 120 min for chicken.  If you have beef/pork, run it twice (4 hrs/240 min).
  • After it has finished & pressure has been released (I let it release on it’s on) then let cool for 30 min or so & fill jars.
  • When completely cool, store in the fridge.

Long-Term Storage Ideas

Fill ice cube trays or silicone muffin molds like this & freeze.  When frozen, empty & store in freezer bags or a freezer container or you can freeze in glass jars like these.

If you want to make Bone Broth for long-term storage, here is a post I did about how to pressure can it. Be sure and pin it for future use.

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How to make Bone Broth in an Instant Pot

How to make Bone Broth in an Instant Pot

Instructions

  1. Add bones (& any optional items) to Instant Pot
  2. Add ACV
  3. Add filtered water
  4. Put the lid on securely & turn on manual for 120 min for chicken. If you have beef/pork, run it twice (4 hrs/240 min).
  5. After it has finished & pressure has been released (I let it release on it's on) then let cool for 30 min or so & fill jars.
  6. When completely cool store in the fridge
  7. If you want to freeze put in freezer container of choice & freeze.

Notes

Tip: fill ice cube trays or silicone muffin molds & freeze. When frozen, empty & store in freezer bags.



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26 comments

  1. Peg Kerr says:

    Renee – What is your suggestion as to the refrigerator storage life of the broth? Also, how much broth does this recipe make?

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Peg, If it has a thick layer of fat on top it should keep a couple of weeks. I drink/use mine pretty fast so I’ve not kept it past the 2-week mark in the fridge. It usually makes 3-4 quarts. If you need longer storage time try freezing it or canning it in a pressure canner. I have a post on how to can bone broth also. I usually make 2 pots of broth to can it. My canner holds 7 qts. https://www.thehealthnutmama.com/how-to-can-bone-broth/

  2. Carol L says:

    Just wondering why you fill the I.P.so full? The manual and other sources say you should NEVER fill it past 1/2 to the fill line, which is about 1″ lower than the top. And you then fill it to the brim with water….. Have you ever had issues with it spewing stuff from the release or exploding after cooking it and filling it so full?
    I’m new to the I.P.< but loving it!!!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Carol, I’m not sure I understand. I only fill the instant pot to the fill line that is marked on the removable stainless interior pot. You definitely don’t want to fill it all the way to the top or past the fill line. I hope that makes sense. I’m glad you are loving your IP. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  3. Grace says:

    I’ve been trying to find out whether you can double the cook time for beef bones and you are the first to say it’s ok to cook it twice. Have you tried it? Did you need to fill water level?
    thanks!

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Grace, Great question. I sometimes just set it for another 2 hours for a richer broth or after pouring off the 1st batch I will add a few more bones & make another batch or freeze the bones for later use. They do lose a little potency & will not be as rich as the 1st batch, that’s why I add a few more fresh ones. It still has plenty of nutrients from what I understand when you reuse them. I usually don’t reuse chicken bones since they are softer & disintegrate. If you have animals, don’t forget to strip all the meat off for them to have a little treat! My german shepherd can’t wait when he smells it cooking! He knows he’s in for a real treat!

  4. Grace says:

    I’ve been trying to find out whether you can double the cook time for beef bones and you are the first to say it’s ok to cook it twice. Have you tried it? Did you need to fill water level?
    thanks!

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Grace, Great question. I sometimes just set it for another 2 hours for a richer broth or after pouring off the 1st batch I will add a few more bones & make another batch or freeze the bones for later use. They do lose a little potency & will not be as rich as the 1st batch, that’s why I add a few more fresh ones. It still has plenty of nutrients from what I understand when you reuse them. I usually don’t reuse chicken bones since they are softer & disintegrate. If you have animals, don’t forget to strip all the meat off for them to have a little treat! My german shepherd can’t wait when he smells it cooking! He knows he’s in for a real treat!

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Anna, I use mostly previously cooked bones. I recently made some beef broth from raw & I honestly think I like it better after they have been cooked. But obviously, both are fine.

  5. Veronica says:

    Does an Instant Cooker have the same effect as far as quality goes, as a slow cooker? I’m looking forward to doing this. I have a slow cooker.

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Veronica, I have found it’s about the same except a lot faster. I can cook a whole chicken, fall off the bones, in 20 min. Sometimes, I’ll put it in for about 15-18 min, then take it out & put in a 400* oven to brown it. I use it for cooking a spaghetti squash in 20 min. I find it is so much easier than in the oven for sure. I also make bone broth every single week. I like that it is done in 2 hours vs 24-48 hours & doesn’t smell up the house like making it in the slow cooker. I highly recommend it. Now there are times when I’m not going to be home & I don’t want to fool with anything at night, so I still occasionally use the slow cooker so that I can put it on in the morning & it’s done when I get home!

  6. Bobbie Oldham says:

    Hi, recently diagnosed with ms but no insurance yet for medications, so trying to counter symptoms with diet. Trying to do paleo but we do not have a lot of money and it’s expensive. Any advice? Also do you skim the fat off of the bone broth? I am sturdy at 234 pound and super short.lol

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Bobbie, So sorry about the MS. Yes, it can be overwhelming & seem expensive. I totally understand. I always say, buy the best quality you can for your budget. I find that I actually save money by not eating out & eating processed foods. I try to grow some of my veggies & I buy meats & eggs from my local farmer. You are basically eating, meat, veggies & some fruits. As far as bone broth, I don’t skim off the fat unless I use it to cook with. You need healthy fats. It took me a long time to realize fat does not make you fat. Breads, pasta, grains, processed oils, processed foods, sugars etc. are what makes us gain weight. I would highly recommend getting the book by Dr. Terry Wahls. She put her MS in remission by following a very similar diet to paleo called The Wahls Protocol. Here is a link to it. http://amzn.to/2mmpwTB If you would like to talk further about this, please e-mail me at renee@thehealthnutmama.com

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Tia,
      I use organic, pastured, grass fed bones. If you have a local farmer, that is your best bet. I try to buy the best quality for my budget. At the very least, make sure they are antibiotic & hormone free if possible.

  7. anika jones says:

    I just recently purchased an instant pot and I am so excited! I also used to make my bone broth in the crockpot and I agree that it makes the house smell. I am soooo looking forward to making broth in my instant pot!

  8. Klauss says:

    I’m working on digitizing a cookbook, so there, the broth is used as a base in most soups, exactly bone broth 🙂

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