If you’ve followed me for long at all you know that I don’t like making broth at all. Bone broth – nope, not for me! In fact, because of a pregnancy issue that I had with Andy, I didn’t make for a LONG time – like over 6 years! I had awful morning sickness (the all-day kind) and the smell of cooking broth made me so sick that it took me YEARS to overcome it.
But something happened that changed my mind… I got mad.
I can get pretty hot over a lot of things, but broth is probably a new one. Why did I get mad about broth? Well, I wanted to incorporate more bone broth into our diet, but when I looked around the shelves, there was sugar in every single bone broth my store carried! Bone broth doesn’t need sugar! What in the world? I had been making broth for years and NEVER added sugar – or even thought about adding sugar. I should add that I’m not anti-sugar… I eat chocolate and dessert on Sundays. So it’s not like I’m totally against sugar.
I just try to stay clear of products that have sugar added for no good reason.
We get enough sugar from our Sunday desserts thank you very much… we don’t need it in our beef broth too. Why couldn’t I find a brand of bone broth that did not have added sugar? This whole “sugar in the broth” experience spurred me to make homemade broth again. And I have to admit, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
And y’all… with no gagging, nausea and definitely no SUGAR, I made bone broth! And it was easy as pie. Which in my opinion is harder than cake… so let’s just say easy as cake.
First, I cooked my whole chicken in the pressure cooker based on the recipe from Great Food Fast. This is my favorite pressure cooker cookbook and it’s full of simple and delicious recipes. If you have a pressure cooker, I highly recommend you check this cookbook out.
Once the chicken was fully cooked and cooled, I picked off the chicken meat to save for future meals. Then you place the bones, fat, etc. back into the pressure cooker. I added 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, covered with water and let it all cook down for about 3-3 1/2 hours.
And that’s it – you’ve got bone broth. It’s easy, sugar-free, and y’all… it’s delicious!
You can also do this all in your crock pot and let it cook overnight.I have done that before, but it just takes so much longer. If you have an instant pot or a pressure cooker, this is totally the way to go! Disclaimer though, my house kind of does smell like chicken. But the super exciting, BEST part is that this go around, that smell actually doesn’t bother me!
Have you made bone broth before? If you’ve got thoughts or tips on making broth, please share them below!