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Is it normal for bone broth to bubble? Is it still safe?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

My bone broth is being strange this time. I have two crockpots going and one of them is bubbling up. Half of it keeps building up under the lid like it's full of soap bubbles. I am pissed that I may have left some soap in that crockpot when I cleaned it and now my broth in that pot is ruined. Is it likely to be soap or is bubbling somewhat normal? Is there any way to save this broth that's already been going for 48 hours?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 24, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Ha, sorry to that to ya!

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 24, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Ugh--the dreaded "cliffhanger ending!"

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 23, 2012
at 07:04 PM

I still haven't tried it. Got it all out and strained last night but forgot to taste it before freezing. It is clear which crockpot each jar is from as the bubbling crockpot produced a much lighter colored broth. I'm going to use the other one for now so I won't know till I take the other stuff out of the freezer in a couple of weeks. I'll try and remember to update then.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 23, 2012
at 02:58 PM

So, what happened--was it soapy?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 21, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Thanks Christopher. It's time to stop cooking it so I'll give it a taste. I'm going to be so mad if it tastes like soap. Fingers crossed!

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 21, 2012
at 12:22 AM

I hadn't thought of that. Good point.

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 20, 2012
at 04:13 PM

If one crock pot cooks at a different temperature than the other, it could explain one bubbling, when the other doesn't. Also, if you add acid, as many do, perhaps a reaction with minerals in the bones explains it.

When I make stock, it often foams at the beginning, but usually not all those hours later. Such bubbles could be described as scummy and dull. Soap bubbles often appear irridescent or silvery (with "rainbow" colors refracting).

I think you should (bravely) taste it. Soapiness seems pretty distinctive and easy to taste. If you're sure it's soap, I don't know any way to remove it.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 21, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Thanks Christopher. It's time to stop cooking it so I'll give it a taste. I'm going to be so mad if it tastes like soap. Fingers crossed!

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on May 20, 2012
at 06:01 PM

More minerals means less bubbles. Think about using soap with hard-water.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 21, 2012
at 12:22 AM

I hadn't thought of that. Good point.

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on May 20, 2012
at 05:30 PM

The consistency of gelatin-infused water may be more conducive to bubble-making.

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