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Can you dehydrate Bone Broth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I recently started making bone broth because my son was always constipated and would only go #2 every 3 or 4 days. The doctors said it was normal, but I don't think its normal when he is in tears every time he poops. Thanks to PH and the bone broth suggestion I have been able to get him more regular. I make a "paleo" jello for him and my 1 year old, with pureed berries, bone broth, prunes and dates all blended together. They love it. I recently made the bone broth with chicken feet and had a lot of success and it made so much I didnt' know what to do with it all.

I know you can freeze it, but is it possible to dehydrate it to make a powder like they sell in the store of just plane bone broth?

I am also thinking of making "healthy" fruit snacks for the kids with fresh strawberries from the farmers market and bone broth pureed together. Is this possible, and safe?

What is the shelf life of something like this? Would I need to still refrigerate it? Should I wait until it turns to jello before I dehydrate it?

Any tips or suggestions would be great!!

Thanks

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on April 26, 2012
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I've done this, only I reduced it to serve as gravy. It was delicious!

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on April 26, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Excellent suggestion.

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on April 26, 2012
at 08:38 PM

I'm not saying it's not possible, but it might not be advisable. Considering the fat and gelatin content, I don't think you'd be getting the nice powder you're imagining. Maybe more like a fruit leather. Think of boullion cubes but with more of the "natural" stuff.

What you can do, however, is reduce the stuff down to almost a syrup consistency, then freeze it. Using ice cube trays would give you nice portions that could easily be dropped into a cup of boiling water and drank. They'd also work well blended with fruit for smoothies.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 26, 2012
at 09:42 PM

I've done this, only I reduced it to serve as gravy. It was delicious!

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on April 26, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Excellent suggestion.

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on April 26, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Dehydrate it like soup! It will work. Maybe not the first time, but, you know.

Matt

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on April 26, 2012
at 09:53 PM

Possibly. This blog post talks about it: http://nourishedkitchen.com/homemade-bouillon-portable-soup/

Basically, condensed bone broth + gelatin = mini cubes that can be semi dried. While I might use this to make soup on the go, I would probably keep it in the freezer until the day of, and not use it as a shelf stable solution.

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on April 26, 2012
at 08:51 PM

I don't really think it would work well. It takes about 48 hours for my jerky to dry. The meat is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and maybe 30% water at most. You're taking about broth that is maybe 95/98% water with fat, it will spoil before it will dry. Gelatin medium is used for growing bacteria cultures in the lab, and you will be setting up great conditions for growth of nasties. The water won't evaporate fast enough. Just freeze it in small portions. Instead of risking it food safety wise, go with powdered bulk commercial gelatin if you want it dry.

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