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Can I buy good bone broth so i don't have to make it?

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Created May 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I fear I am among the minority here because I hate and am bad at cooking. Recipes are not my thing. So, is there a place I can I purchase good bone broth?

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on June 29, 2014
at 03:17 PM

Hey moonblaze, I live in LA and would love go get hooked up with this Bone Marrow person. My email is barkusborn@gmail

Thank you!!

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

+1 for captain caveman. Can't believe I haven't heard mention of him here until now.

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on May 05, 2013
at 09:55 PM

But it's soooooo easy! really... it is. 1. Bones in crockpot. 2. Fill crockpot till bones are covered. 3. Leave for 12 hours on medium-high. That is all.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Not organic grass-fed...? Kind of hard to tell, but I'm guessing not...

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Water is heavy, and it takes a long time to make it, so I guess they think $10 is reasonable. Of course supply & demand will dictate price.

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:41 AM

I make my own phobroth by first making bone broth, cooling, removing tallow, then boiling with added salt to taste, fresh ground pepper, some cinnamon and fresh chopped cilantro and green onions. Serve over beef, fried mushrooms, chopped basil and an optional side of hot peppers and lime. It's 'pho'nonemal! ;)

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:01 AM

OMG! How could I have forgotten about Captain Caveman!

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:24 AM

As much as folks rave about US Wellness Meats, I think their prices are outrageous.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I ordered it once just to try it, and it tasted great. Unfortunately, it had no gelatin, and as mentioned it is insanely expensive.

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Good answer! You beat me to it. I understand they use quality bones but it always amazes me that butchers give bones away for free or at $2 a pound yet the broth made from water and bones is $10 a pound there. I understand they are a business but really?

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Pho is an option but be wary of the MSG in literally EVERY pho restaurant. I mention this because I too have had problems making bone broth AND making it taste good. I turned to Pho for the answer and found that every place adds MSG. This can cause problems and also means that you aren't getting the same nutritional value.

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:35 PM

In order to find good bone broth you will have to pay through the nose. After seeing a quart for sale at a local butcher shop for $10 , I thought about selling it myself.:)

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:35 PM

Oops, I've offended somebody who believes in the magical elixir that is bone broth. Haha!

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Haha, I've had his battle cry going through my head a bit too often nowadays!

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Try some Pho. It should be made from ox tail bones, if authentic. Ask.

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on August 16, 2016
at 10:32 PM

The short answer: yes, you can with Kettle & Fire - https://www.kettleandfire.com (Disclaimer: I founded Kettle & Fire, and started it to solve this exact problem).


I’ll talk more about Kettle & Fire in a second, but first I want to cover some of the major problems I see with store-bought broth options.


Many companies (Pacific, others you’ll see in stores) claim to make and sell bone broth. However, these “bone broths” are just their stock or broth with the addition of apple cider vinegar. These “bone broths” are packed with sodium, artificial preservatives, and are made by flash-boiling low-quality cuts of meat. It’s not ideal, and results in a bone broth that doesn’t gel (because it doesn’t have the high gelatin and collagen content of a true bone broth). If you’re trying to drink bone broth for the nutrition benefits, stay away from Pacific and Swanson varieties.


Your other option is to buy a frozen bone broth, like some of the commenters here recommend. The issue with frozen I’ve found is that it’s extremely expensive to ship (often $40+), pricey ($20+per 20oz) and difficult to work with - you have to thaw it in the freezer for 1-2 days before you can even use it!


For all the reasons above, I started (and prefer) Kettle & Fire bone broth. Why:

  • We use only marrow bones from 100% grass-fed, grass-finished cattle, and organic ingredients.
  • Thanks to $6mm worth of packaging equipment, our bone broth doesn’t require freezing, all WITHOUT any preservatives or additives.
  • We crafted our recipe with the help of a former Iron Chef, so it tastes amazing.
  • Lastly, it gels! Just like homemade.

I started Kettle & Fire because I was traveling all the time and didn’t have time to cook broth for 24+ hours, source the quality of bones I wanted, and buying frozen was too expensive and highly inconvenient. For all those reasons, I recommend giving Kettle & Fire bone broth a try.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:07 AM

It may not be as tasty, but you can get the key ingredients glycine & proline from gelatin. Check out http://www.greatlakesgelatin.com/

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on February 24, 2015
at 03:30 PM

I'm a paleo chef and Au Bon Broth Bone Broth has the best reviews on yelp for bone broth.

I am a bone broth connoisseur (if I do say so myself), so I was a little skeptical that anyone but me could make a perfect bone broth.

I was pleasantly shocked to try Au Bon Broth: rich, creamy, savory with subtle notes of garlic, herbs, vegetables and perfectly roasted bones.

I drank almost 3 cups in one sitting which left me satiated for hours, but it would also make an amazing base for your own soup, stew, risotto...anything!

I've long known that bone broth is the most potent superfood available for healthy digestion, skin, bones and so much more, but the stuff you buy in the store is just glorified water and making it at home is challenging for most people, especially because high-quality grass fed and organic bones aren't readily available in all areas.

I can't wait to get my hands on more!!

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:45 PM

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on August 28, 2015
at 02:17 AM

Steve - don't you think it is a bit rude to be blatantly promoting the company that you are co-founder of (Au Bon Bone Broth), while pretending to be just another of its custoners?  That's really bad form. 

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on February 24, 2015
at 03:29 PM

I'm a paleo chef and Au Bon Broth Bone Broth has the best reviews on yelp for bone broth.

I am a bone broth connoisseur (if I do say so myself), so I was a little skeptical that anyone but me could make a perfect bone broth.

I was pleasantly shocked to try Au Bon Broth: rich, creamy, savory with subtle notes of garlic, herbs, vegetables and perfectly roasted bones.

I drank almost 3 cups in one sitting which left me satiated for hours, but it would also make an amazing base for your own soup, stew, risotto...anything!

I've long known that bone broth is the most potent superfood available for healthy digestion, skin, bones and so much more, but the stuff you buy in the store is just glorified water and making it at home is challenging for most people, especially because high-quality grass fed and organic bones aren't readily available in all areas.

I can't wait to get my hands on more!!

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(3275)

on May 22, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Water is heavy, and it takes a long time to make it, so I guess they think $10 is reasonable. Of course supply & demand will dictate price.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 22, 2012
at 12:24 AM

As much as folks rave about US Wellness Meats, I think their prices are outrageous.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on May 21, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Good answer! You beat me to it. I understand they use quality bones but it always amazes me that butchers give bones away for free or at $2 a pound yet the broth made from water and bones is $10 a pound there. I understand they are a business but really?

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on May 22, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I ordered it once just to try it, and it tasted great. Unfortunately, it had no gelatin, and as mentioned it is insanely expensive.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 21, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Skip it if you can't make it yourself. Bone broth makes a mean soup/stew, but it's not a magic elixir that grants you Captain Caveman powers.

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(502)

on May 22, 2012
at 01:01 AM

OMG! How could I have forgotten about Captain Caveman!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

+1 for captain caveman. Can't believe I haven't heard mention of him here until now.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 21, 2012
at 11:35 PM

Oops, I've offended somebody who believes in the magical elixir that is bone broth. Haha!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 21, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Haha, I've had his battle cry going through my head a bit too often nowadays!

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:08 PM

Bone broth is the easiest thing in the world to make. Just put the bones in a big pot, fill with water until they are covered, drop in a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, put the lid on, turn to low and walk away. 24 hours later, strain the broth and there ya go.

I've never seen a beef broth or stock for sale in the store (only "beef flavored broth," whatever that is). But an organic, free range chicken stock is probably the next best thing.

Other people here may know of a better source, but homemade is really best here.

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on July 09, 2012
at 12:14 AM

I just take all my leftover bones after meals and throw them in a ziplock bag in my freezer. Once it's full I toss them in the crockpot with water and a little vinegar and cook for at least 24 hours on low. Strain and add a lot of sea salt. It tastes great to me. No recipe or added seasoning needed.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:50 AM

if you get hooked in with the local WAPF groups you may be able to find someone who is selling it out of their kitchen (technically illegal in most states). I was lucky enough to stumble onto someone like this when I was living with a bunch of roommates in LA and a long-cooked beef bone broth wasn't an option. If you're in LA and would like to get hooked up with this person, comment and I'll send you an email.

E37ff615bcce21bf507e44fcbfda393b

on June 29, 2014
at 03:17 PM

Hey moonblaze, I live in LA and would love go get hooked up with this Bone Marrow person. My email is barkusborn@gmail

Thank you!!

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(1784)

on July 09, 2012
at 04:39 AM

if you're just feeling lazy, just get collagen powder and supplement your diet with that. There was a paper posted around here at some point that the mineral profile of bone broth wasn't amazing ... actually far from it. However, gelatin does have great benefits

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on July 09, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Biodynamic Wellness in Solana beach. Ships everywhere. Cicken and beef The real deal. Cooked for 24 hours has gelatin and tastes good!

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on February 24, 2015
at 03:31 PM

I'm a paleo chef and Au Bon Broth Bone Broth has the best reviews on yelp for bone broth.

I am a bone broth connoisseur (if I do say so myself), so I was a little skeptical that anyone but me could make a perfect bone broth.

I was pleasantly shocked to try Au Bon Broth: rich, creamy, savory with subtle notes of garlic, herbs, vegetables and perfectly roasted bones.

I drank almost 3 cups in one sitting which left me satiated for hours, but it would also make an amazing base for your own soup, stew, risotto...anything!

I've long known that bone broth is the most potent superfood available for healthy digestion, skin, bones and so much more, but the stuff you buy in the store is just glorified water and making it at home is challenging for most people, especially because high-quality grass fed and organic bones aren't readily available in all areas.

I can't wait to get my hands on more!!

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Short answer, no. Learn to make it yourself! When my bone broth chills you can see the gelatin take shape in the jar. You'll never get that from a boxed or canned broth and that stuff is super good for you.

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on July 09, 2012
at 11:31 AM

All of the store-bought broths I have seen are crap in terms of nutrition, most have MSG, stabilizers, preservatives, and aren't actually made with bones which would provide the gelatin and minerals. Instead they are made with stuff like "pink slime" (i.e. scraps from carcases treated with ammonia, irradiated, etc), which almost guarantees minimal nutrition content.

As others noted, making bone broth is as hard as boiling water, anyone can do it. The only hassle factor is figuring out how and where to store it. You will need containers that can go in the freezer. I freeze mine into 2-inch cubes which is about 4.5 ounces, which is a good size for one serving or for including them in sauces. You could also just use small containers like the ones that are used for take-out chinese food (not that I eat that any more...)

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:38 AM

If your in it for the digestive properties (ie gelatin and glutamine) try making home made jelly from juice honey and gelatin powder. Thats real easy to make, and almost as good digestive wise.

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Maybe you could start a paleo meetup in your town and trade with people who do like to cook. You buy the bones, they cook. You chop the veggies or do the dishes, they cook. Like that.

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on February 24, 2015
at 03:32 PM

I'm a paleo chef and Au Bon Broth Bone Broth has the best reviews on yelp for bone broth.

I am a bone broth connoisseur (if I do say so myself), so I was a little skeptical that anyone but me could make a perfect bone broth.

I was pleasantly shocked to try Au Bon Broth: rich, creamy, savory with subtle notes of garlic, herbs, vegetables and perfectly roasted bones.

I drank almost 3 cups in one sitting which left me satiated for hours, but it would also make an amazing base for your own soup, stew, risotto...anything!

I've long known that bone broth is the most potent superfood available for healthy digestion, skin, bones and so much more, but the stuff you buy in the store is just glorified water and making it at home is challenging for most people, especially because high-quality grass fed and organic bones aren't readily available in all areas.

I can't wait to get my hands on more!!

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Not organic grass-fed...? Kind of hard to tell, but I'm guessing not...

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on July 24, 2017
at 05:21 PM

I've been drinking store-bought bone broth and I liked it so far. I've been drinking Au Bon Broth and I like it because of its taste, it's just the right one for me. Plus it's also organic. It has also helped me with my joint pains and sleeping problems.

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on April 28, 2017
at 01:48 AM

If you want a hassle free preparation of bone broth, you can try Au Bon Broth. It's so easy to prepare, that's what I drink everyday before I go to work. It's best for people on the go!

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on August 26, 2016
at 04:13 PM

Whatever you do, stay away from Pacific. There's is a sorry excuse for bone broth. 

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on January 29, 2015
at 06:57 AM

Home on the Range Organics in Vancouver has a bone broth bar, and sells frozen broths out of the store. They also ship across the Lower Mainland. There is a place in the West End that makes it  as well, cant remember the name, maybe Elixer? Plenty of great recipes on the web and Sally Fallon wrote a great book on broths which is a bestseller this year called Nourishing Broth...

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on January 21, 2015
at 01:00 AM

Heritage Cattle Company
in Keene, ON
 
They do shipping! Check them out

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on May 29, 2013
at 06:32 PM

I have been wondering this too. My family and I LOVE bone broth and drink way more of it than I can keep up with. Almost a gallon a day, and while I do make it myself, it pisses off my vegetarian roomate to have the house smell like meat 24/7. I would love to find a place that will ship me 4 gallons a week for a reasonable price. But I realize that's unlikely.

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on January 21, 2015
at 01:02 AM

Contact Heritage Cattle Company, they do shipping! Their Grass Fed Bone Broth is great!

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on May 05, 2013
at 09:48 PM

i've been asking the same question, then came across this, check it out!

http://www.perfectsupplements.com/Great-Lakes-Unflavored-Beef-Gelatin-p/gl-beefgelatin.htm

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(-32)

on February 24, 2015
at 03:30 PM

I'm a paleo chef and Au Bon Broth Bone Broth has the best reviews on yelp for bone broth.

I am a bone broth connoisseur (if I do say so myself), so I was a little skeptical that anyone but me could make a perfect bone broth.

I was pleasantly shocked to try Au Bon Broth: rich, creamy, savory with subtle notes of garlic, herbs, vegetables and perfectly roasted bones.

I drank almost 3 cups in one sitting which left me satiated for hours, but it would also make an amazing base for your own soup, stew, risotto...anything!

I've long known that bone broth is the most potent superfood available for healthy digestion, skin, bones and so much more, but the stuff you buy in the store is just glorified water and making it at home is challenging for most people, especially because high-quality grass fed and organic bones aren't readily available in all areas.

I can't wait to get my hands on more!!

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3fa67faa10fcf434eb24ca99e04feea8

on February 24, 2015
at 03:30 PM

I'm a paleo chef and Au Bon Broth Bone Broth has the best reviews on yelp for bone broth.

I am a bone broth connoisseur (if I do say so myself), so I was a little skeptical that anyone but me could make a perfect bone broth.

I was pleasantly shocked to try Au Bon Broth: rich, creamy, savory with subtle notes of garlic, herbs, vegetables and perfectly roasted bones.

I drank almost 3 cups in one sitting which left me satiated for hours, but it would also make an amazing base for your own soup, stew, risotto...anything!

I've long known that bone broth is the most potent superfood available for healthy digestion, skin, bones and so much more, but the stuff you buy in the store is just glorified water and making it at home is challenging for most people, especially because high-quality grass fed and organic bones aren't readily available in all areas.

I can't wait to get my hands on more!!

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