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Made First Bone Broth - Did I Screw Up?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 01, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Hello,

I put 5 pounds of beef bones in a slow cooker and cooked on low for 48 hours. I added carrots, salt, pepper, and some bay leaves after 48 hours. The pot had a constant simmer.

After 48 hours I turned off the slow cooker and let it all cool. After 3.5 hours it was still pretty warm.

I strained the liquid and ended up with about 40 ounces that I stored in glass mason jars in the fridge.

  1. I'm assuming I should have been adding water during the slow cook. I only added about 10 ounces of water once. Probably needed a lot more.

  2. I get the feeling that having it all cool down for 3+ hours uncovered was probably not a good idea (bacteria??).

  3. The jars look to be majority fat (or a good portion). There is a dark brown liquid on the bottom and a golden color settling on top. The liquid was greasy when I was handling the bones. Is there too much fat?

Also, is there a good way to strain the broth? I just ended up tossing the bones and carrots in the trash. Then I took a cup and strained the liquid into mason jars. Should I have kept the bones in the pot while straining?

Thanks for the feedback!

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

(108)

on October 02, 2012
at 04:38 AM

Thanks! I just took a bunch of the fat and gelatin and mixed it with some water and heated it on the stove. Tasted delicious! I plan on having broth everyday..hopefully it heals my gut.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on October 02, 2012
at 04:25 AM

1)If it's not transparent and it's had time to separate completely(usually takes a day) then yes I'd say it's all fat. 2)No, That's the gelatin in the broth. That's what you want, a good broth will gel up in the fridge just like jello. That means you got lot's of the good stuff out of the bones and that's the stuff that is so good for the gut.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

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on October 02, 2012
at 03:21 AM

2 more things.... 1. Is the golden substance on the top of the jar 100% fat? Or is there other stuff in there? 2. Why is the darker more broth like liquid that I put in the jar solid in the fridge as well? Shouldn't liquids be liquid in the fridge?

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on October 02, 2012
at 02:54 AM

The only reason I don't eat the fat after is because of how long it's been heated for. When making fish stock I've learned not to make it with fatty fish because the polyunsaturated fats can go rancid. Your using beef so the fat is gonna be mostly saturated with some mufa and just a little bit of pufa, so it's probably fine. I just like to eat my fats with as little heat as possible, so I just use it for cooking.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on October 02, 2012
at 01:25 AM

@Tyler, that's a good idea I hadn't thought of that.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on October 02, 2012
at 01:24 AM

Ya I guess you won't have much but it's still good just really concentrated so just add some water to it when your gonna use it.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

(108)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:20 PM

So I basically just rendered fat. I hardly have any liquid. If the fat is just for cooking than I screwed up. If I can drink the fat when heated then maybe I'm onto something.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

(108)

on October 01, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I was hoping to make broth, not render fat. If there are gut healing benefits in drinking the fat...I'm all for it. Every suggestion I've read is to use the fat for cooking.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

(108)

on October 01, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Makes sense. I made this broth for gut healing reasons..but I probably only have about 20 ounces of broth. Which will last me 2 days. Kinda disappointing.

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

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on October 01, 2012
at 01:14 PM

"I only added about 10 ounces of water once. Probably needed a lot more. It sounds like you have concentrated broth. That's the way I prefer to go. I like to freeze it in an ice cube tray and store the cubes in a bag. That way I can thaw out as many cubes at a time as I need.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

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on October 01, 2012
at 12:26 PM

Or just mix some/all of the fat back into the stock when you heat it up.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

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on October 01, 2012
at 12:26 PM

"too much fat"? What is this foreign concept?

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

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on October 01, 2012
at 06:51 AM

So what is usable then? I keep the fat for cooking and I have to strain the rest a few more times? I'm not going to have any broth! Thanks for the feedback.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on October 01, 2012
at 04:42 PM

The broth is CONCENTRATED. That means you can add in some water and STILL have a rich broth. So your 20 ounces will make more than 20 oz of broth. Just experiment to see how much water to add.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Sounds like excellent bone broth. The fat always rises to the top of mine. I remove it and save it for cooking other things. I like my broth clear and salty. I also like it when it's like jelly when cool so I add a pigs foot or tail for extra gelatin.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

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on October 01, 2012
at 04:20 PM

So I basically just rendered fat. I hardly have any liquid. If the fat is just for cooking than I screwed up. If I can drink the fat when heated then maybe I'm onto something.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 01, 2012
at 01:32 PM

My lazy method: strain through cheesecloth into another large pot. Put that pot in the fridge for a couple days. Then you can chip/scrape the fat off the top if you don't want so much (and I usually don't) and reserve it for another purpose, bring the stock to a boil again, taste and add more water or seasoning if necessary, THEN pour into your mason jars.

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1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

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on October 01, 2012
at 01:18 PM

"I only added about 10 ounces of water once. Probably needed a lot more."

It sounds like you have concentrated broth. That's the way I prefer to go. I usually add just enough water to cover the bones.

If there's a lot of fat, I usually put everything in a bowl and skim the fat after it's congealed. Then I freeze it in an ice cube tray and store the cubes in a freezer bag. Makes things more convenient come thaw time.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

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on October 01, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Makes sense. I made this broth for gut healing reasons..but I probably only have about 20 ounces of broth. Which will last me 2 days. Kinda disappointing.

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7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on October 01, 2012
at 06:43 AM

No way sounds okay for a first try! You can add water while it's cooking depending on how much stock you want but not a big deal, some will even reduce it and store it that way then add water to it when needed.

3 hours is not too big of a deal either, usually what I do is dump it into a pot, place it in the sink and fill the surrounding area with ice water then give it a stir and this usually cools it down quicker, or if I'm feeling lazy I'll just strain it hot(carefully).

The fat will separate to the top once it cools and you can just pull it off and use it for cooking if you want. The dark color on the bottom is most likely sediment from the bones and you just need to strain it a few more times to get it clearer. A good way to strain is with some cheese cloth 2-4 times depending on how clean you want it to be.

Some other good tips here. It took me a few times before I made a good stock.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

(108)

on October 01, 2012
at 06:51 AM

So what is usable then? I keep the fat for cooking and I have to strain the rest a few more times? I'm not going to have any broth! Thanks for the feedback.

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on October 01, 2012
at 01:14 PM

"I only added about 10 ounces of water once. Probably needed a lot more. It sounds like you have concentrated broth. That's the way I prefer to go. I like to freeze it in an ice cube tray and store the cubes in a bag. That way I can thaw out as many cubes at a time as I need.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

(2040)

on October 02, 2012
at 01:24 AM

Ya I guess you won't have much but it's still good just really concentrated so just add some water to it when your gonna use it.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

(2040)

on October 02, 2012
at 01:25 AM

@Tyler, that's a good idea I hadn't thought of that.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

(1644)

on October 01, 2012
at 12:26 PM

Or just mix some/all of the fat back into the stock when you heat it up.

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