Weekly Wag: Easy Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Here is an inexpensive way to add flavor and supplement nutrition to your pet’s kibbles and feed your family. I use this for my dogs and cats. Very easy to make and store. Broth can be frozen for future use. Bone broth is high in minerals, collagen and other micro nutrients, all easily absorbed by the body. Raw or cooked bones can be used for broth. DO NOT GIVE PETS THE BONES

Items Needed : whole chicken, crock pot, spices, non-stick spray and containers if you want to freeze broth. Optional: Vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, kelp, nettles, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, fennel seed and raw apple cider vinegar.  Time: 7 hours Note: Garlic is safe to give dogs in moderation. (dogs can safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3 to 4 times a week. Dogs: 10 to 15 pounds – half a clove, 20 to 40 pounds – 1 clove, 45 to 70 pounds – 2 cloves, 75 to 90 pounds – 2 and a half cloves, 100 pounds and over – 3 cloves)


Rinse whole chicken, remove innards, and place in sprayed crock pot. Sprinkle with spices (keep in mind spices that pets tolerate). You don’t need any liquid in the pot. Set crock pot on low, cover and cook for 7 hours.

Remove all the meat from the bones. Completely cover bones with water in crock pot and cover. I put the skin back in as well, since I don’t eat skin. Raw apple cider vinegar(2-4 TBSP), spices and shiitake mushrooms may be added.  Include joint bones with cartilage. (raw bones may be used or you can collect bones from your meals and freeze, rinse off any sauce) Turkey wings and legs are a good choice and can usually be requested at health food store meat counters at a good price.

There is not a set time to cook, but I recommend simmering bones for 24 hours. Strain mushrooms and bones from broth. Once broth is chilled in refrigerator skim the excess fat off the top. Makes about 50 oz. of broth from one chicken. It should have a jelly like consistency when cold. Can be stored in refrigerator for 4 days. You can use any container to freeze, even yogurt containers.


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