Smell of bone broth makes me gag

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 16, 2013 at 4:49 AM

I have looked through a lot of the bone broth questions and didn't quite find what I was looking for, so if it IS a repeat please send me a link and I will close out the question.

I have been recommended to drink bone broth on a daily basis. Followed a recipe for basic bone broth and can't STAND the smell. Even so I tried a bit after refrigerating it and gagged and had to rinse my mouth out. Also, not sure if it is related, I have always had problems with large amounts of chicken broth, even homemade from a whole chicken. However I do not have problems with the chicken part. Can you be allergic or intolerant to bone broth but not the animal meat? Please help, I really want the benefits of the broth without the yuck factor!



on April 16, 2013
at 11:42 AM

Is it the same regardless of what kind of bones you use? I've never been big on the taste/smell of chicken soup either. So I make beef both broth.

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on April 16, 2013
at 07:00 AM

BTW, when I made bone broth in a regular pot, the whole kitchen smelled of broth. Now I make it in the slow cooker, and I barely smell it.

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on April 16, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Try making bone broth from chicken feet and backs. Much lighter smell, and still lots of good stuff.

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on April 16, 2013
at 06:59 AM

Take whatever soup recipe you like, and make it with bone broth. This is how soups were always made, and how good soup is made today.

You can include bone broth in many recipes besides soup.

If you eat rice, cook it in broth instead of just water.

I add a small amount of bone broth to the liquid I have left in the wok after making a stir fry and thicken with arrowroot powder (or you could use cornstarch). Google stir fry recipes to see how this is done.

If you make any sort of pot of cooked veggies, you could add it.

Make a pot of meatballs boiled in a sauce that includes bone broth.

There really are a lot of options in which you won't taste the broth, but it'll make the dish much tastier.

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on April 16, 2013
at 07:00 AM

BTW, when I made bone broth in a regular pot, the whole kitchen smelled of broth. Now I make it in the slow cooker, and I barely smell it.


on April 16, 2013
at 05:12 AM

Assuming you're not allergic to it (I don't know anything about that), you can use broth as a base for some delicious sauces. Nourishing Traditions has a recipe for enchilada sauce that I really like. The gist of it is that you simmer/soak the dried peppers in chicken broth (with some onions and garlic, I think?) for a long time and then run it through a food mill. It was really, really tasty when I made it.

Do you like regular chicken soup? It sounds like not from your post, but just checking since that's so easy. You can also simmer veggies like cauliflower or whatever in broth (lots of veggies in enough broth to cover) and then add some ghee or cream if you do dairy and then blender up for a nice soup.

As for the really disgusting smell of beef bone broth cooking (I love the taste of broth but the cooking smell of beef bones--blech!) you could do it in a large crock pot in the garage or something.

Also, I know this is obvious, but are you sure your broth is fresh and hasn't gone bad?

Or that you haven't overcooked it? Once I did a chicken carcass for 72 hours because I thought it was the more the better and it turned out super nasty. Also do you use vinegar while it's simmering?



on April 16, 2013
at 07:30 PM

I wasn't repulsed by broth smells, but did find I was going longer and longer between batches because I wasn't crazy about how it made the house smell, until I got a copy of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". Try the Julia Child's simple broth recipe before throwing in the towel, it has lots of aromatic vegetables and herbs, and smells lovely while it simmers. http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-beef-stock-a-la-julia-child-147999


Don't overcook it, make sure heat isn't too high, and don't go longer than about 6 hours for this one.

Keep the lid slightly ajar or propped open with a wood spoon while it simmers so the broth doesn't sour.

If it is the smell of the fat overcooking in the broth that makes you gag, skim the broth every so often while it is simmering. Overheated schmaltz does smell pretty nasty, kind of like a wet towel left in a car over the weekend, so a switch to beef bones could help too.

It is possible to have issues with broth, just like anything, but I think you'd gauge that by how you felt after eating it, not just smelling it. People can have a histamine intolerance which will result in headaches after eating things like slow cooked meat (broth included), or other fermented/aged foods.

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