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Drinking Diluted Bone Broth vs. Concentrated Bone Broth!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 16, 2013 at 5:16 PM

This might be a silly question, but I've been wondering whether it all balances out in the end. So, I've been making bone broth in the crockpot with one huge chunk of knuckle bone with some meat attached to it, and then adding some chicken feet. I cook the first batch for 12 hours, and then using the same bones, I cook another batch for another 12 hours. Obviously the second batch is more diluted, but I tend to pour some from the first and second batch into the same cup when I want to drink it. And, I drink a lot of it throughout the day as it practically replaces my water intake. This method is to get the maximum amount of broth. It does not gel.

So, first question is....should I even bother with the second batch, or should I just cook the 1st for longer?

I've been seeing recipes that involve using a LOT more bones in the crockpot (like, filling up half the pot with bones), and I'm certain if I stick more bones in, I would get my broth to gel. Is this concentrated version better? I would probably drink it less, because it would make less broth this way! Bones aren't super duper cheap where I'm from!

So, all this to ask, does each method/amount kinda balance itself out? Should I drink more of the diluted stuff, or less of the concentrated stuff, or does it even matter?

3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

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on January 17, 2013
at 12:53 PM

Yeah, when you aren't stuffing your gullet with grains, and you don't hunt or raise your own animals, eating gets more expensive, even when you know the tricks. I can only suggest you keep looking for places to get bones etc. on the cheap. I recently discovered a big ethnic supermarket here in Montreal, a lot of Halal stuff-- the deli is amazing. All pieces of the lamb including the feet, the lungs, the testiballs... and these tasty skinny little ribs that are seriously dirt cheap.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on January 16, 2013
at 08:04 PM

I live in the Bay Area, and I get bones for $2.99 a pound. I guess that ain't too much, but with the way I drink broth, it adds up! =P Plus, I can't fit it all in my freezer! Making it is no trouble to me since I just throw it into the crockpot. :)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on January 16, 2013
at 08:02 PM

Hmmm, don't know why there are random links in the question I wrote, but I assure you, I didn't do it! ;)

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3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

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on January 16, 2013
at 07:01 PM

When you cook meat and have bones left over, add that too. I think adding more than one knuckle bone is better. How much do bones cost? Where do you live? You can ask any butcher for beef soup bones and it is super cheap. Anyway drinking various concentrations of the broth is certainly not a bad thing... but if you go through the trouble to make it, might as well add more bones, the way I see it!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on January 16, 2013
at 08:04 PM

I live in the Bay Area, and I get bones for $2.99 a pound. I guess that ain't too much, but with the way I drink broth, it adds up! =P Plus, I can't fit it all in my freezer! Making it is no trouble to me since I just throw it into the crockpot. :)

3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

(1186)

on January 17, 2013
at 12:53 PM

Yeah, when you aren't stuffing your gullet with grains, and you don't hunt or raise your own animals, eating gets more expensive, even when you know the tricks. I can only suggest you keep looking for places to get bones etc. on the cheap. I recently discovered a big ethnic supermarket here in Montreal, a lot of Halal stuff-- the deli is amazing. All pieces of the lamb including the feet, the lungs, the testiballs... and these tasty skinny little ribs that are seriously dirt cheap.

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