There are a wide variety of animals in which you can make bone broth from. In this blog, we will be walking through how Allie makes bone broth with venison bones she harvested off of a whitetail doe.
If you want to make bone broth using another animal, similar results can be achieved when using beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or any other wild game animal you want to experiment with!
The best bones to use for making bone broth include: knuckles, joints, marrow, and feet, but for a more robust flavor, add in the shank bone or short ribs.
Venison bones (or bones of your choice)
3 - 4 full size carrots
1 yellow onion
1 head of garlic (approximately 10 cloves)
12.5 cups water (approximately 100 oz.)
3 Tbsp. peppercorns
3 - 4 bay leaves
2 celery stalks
1.5 ounces apple cider vinegar (shot)
1. First, you will want to preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. While the oven is preheating, largely chop carrots and onion, then peel garlic cloves.
3. If the bones are not already at a manageable size, take a bonesaw to cut them in half, so they are more manageable and the bone marrow will be opened up more.
4. After placing the bones in a roasting pan, add the carrots, onion, and garlic cloves to the pan.
5. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes, flipping the bones over halfway through the cooking time.
When the 45 minutes is over, the bones should appear to be deeper in color, as shown below.
6. In a large stockpot, add water, then add in the bone and vegetable mixture.
7. To the stockpot, add peppercorns, bay leaves, celery stalks, and a shot of apple cider vinegar.
8. Let the mixture in the stockpot simmer on medium-low heat for approximately 24 hours to allow for the bones to cook down.
9. Let the mixture cool slightly, then take tongs and remove the larger bone pieces and discard them.
10. Once the larger pieces are removed, strain the broth.
11. Divide and pour the strained broth into wide-mouth Ball mason jars.
Note: We recommend filling them up no more than ¾ full if you plan on vacuum sealing the mason jars.
12. Let the mason jars full of broth completely cool.
Note: A layer of fat will form on top when the bone broth is cooling, so take a spoon and skim the layer of fat off before putting the broth away for storage.
Once the bone broth is completed, there are a few different recommendations for how to store it. If you do not want to vacuum seal the mason jars, they can be filled to the top with broth if they are being stored in the refrigerator to be used within a few weeks. If you are not vacuum sealing the mason jars, but want to store them in the freezer, fill them up about ¾ of the way full.
If you want to vacuum seal the mason jars, we recommend using a vacuum sealer hood attachment, like the Magic Vac Wide-Mouth Jar Vacuum Sealing Hood. This attachment can be used with any Avid Armor suction vacuum sealer or chamber vacuum sealer that has an accessory port. Again, make sure the mason jars are filled no more than ¾ of the way when using the hood attachment.
If you have a chamber sealer without an accessory port, like the USV32, or would prefer to vacuum seal the bone broth in chamber pouches, once the broth is room temperature, it can be vacuum sealed in the pouches for fridge or freezer storage.
Ways to use bone broth:
We think the best way to use homemade bone broth is to add it to soups, sauces or gravy to add depth and a richer flavor. With that being said, bone broth is so versatile and can enhance many different dishes.
Bone broth can be a water substitute when cooking rice, quinoa, pasta, lentils, beans, potatoes, and SO MUCH more!
And better yet, when reheating leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop, like pot roast, chicken, casseroles, or veggies, spoon a little bit of bone broth on it to add flavor and moisture for reheating.
Benefits of bone broth:
Besides all the ways bone broth can be incorporated into food, it can also be heated up and enjoyed in a mug.
Bone broth is super rich in nutrients! Not only does it contain protein and collagen, it also contains many necessary minerals like iron and calcium.
Due to these nutrients, having a little bit of bone broth regularly can be very beneficial for your body and overall health.
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