Bone Broth Recipe (+Health Scare)

Bone broth truly is truly natures multivitamin. It contains healing components for your body. Bone broth is rich in protein and minerals that support the immune system.

Bone Broth in cans with vegetabes next to the cans. How to make bone broth-

  • Roast bones in the oven to bring out the favors in the bones.
  • Meanwhile, rinse and cut the vegetables.
  • Place bones into a slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Pour water over everything.
  • Cook in a slow cooker 18-24 hours, longer if desired.

This is the slow cooker I use and and the sieve I use to strain the broth.

Step by step pictures of how to make bone broth recipe.

Benefits of bone broth-

You can make bone broth using beef, pork, chicken or turkey bones. All great in their own way with a slight variation in flavor. Today, I’ll be sharing the recipe for beef bone broth.

There are so many benefits to bone broth, especially if you consume it on a regular basis.

  • Heals and cleans your gut.
  • Helps support and boosts the immune system.
  • Improves joint health.

Bone Broth in a crock pot with bones, onions, celery, and carrots.

Ways to enjoy bone broth. The most effective way to enjoy the broth is to just consume it as you would a warm cup of coffee or tea. It does wonders for your body. I will be the first to say that I’ve seen a HUGE difference in the way I feel after using bone broth on a regular basis for almost a month now.

I know not everyone can handle bone broth plain. Here are a few ideas on how to add flavor.

  • Add your favorite herbs and a pinch of salt, enjoy as a soup.
  • Add sautéed mushrooms and onion and you have yourself a Japanese clear soup.
  • Add pelemeni to the broth with some green onion and enjoy as a hearty soup.
  • Add chow mein noodles. They add a crispiness and crunch to the broth.

It WILL take time to be able to drink the broth plain without adding other seasonings. Until then, just add the broth to your soups and casserole or wherever you can substitute water for broth. The broth isn’t noticeable in most dishes but still adds its health benefits.

Serving bone broth with different ingredients. Three different bowls of bone broth.

TIP: If you don’t like the smell when the broth is cooking, place your slow cooker in the garage or on your deck (in a safe area). My kids strongly dislike the smell so I always cook mine in the garage or on the deck.

Bone broth keeps refrigerated for 3-4 days.

Freeze the broth you don’t use. I just use plastic containers and label them. Then, as needed, thaw and enjoy.

Health scare-

I’ve always been rather transparent on our blog. I think (and HOPE) that many of you see that and appreciate my honesty. I’ve always been honest with the struggles of raising kiddos, being a God-fearing wife, the difficulties of being a mom and most importantly, how hard it is to stay faithful to God in such a degrading world (READ HERE).

So, honesty continues, but on a very personal level.

About 2 years ago, I had my first episode. By “episode” I mean I got up in the middle of the night with such pain in my chest that I thought it was a heart attack and went to the ER (pain lasts about 2-3 hours). After many scans and x-rays, I was told I had a severe case of acid reflux (or ulcers) and needed to change my diet and see a specialist.

I didn’t have another episode for a good year. It was the exact same symptom. Then, it went to six months, then 3 months, then once a month and now once a week.  However, now, I don’t have my nightly episodes but other symptoms began to appear that are not so pleasant and very frightening. It’s scary. Especially now because my husband has been away on a mission trip with my two older boys and I’m alone with the little ones the past month.

I finally have an appointment with a gastroenterologist (a stomach doctor) in 2 weeks so we can for sure figure out what is wrong with me. Asking those of you that believe in prayers to keep my health in your prayers. I BELIEVE in the power of prayers. AMEN!

 Change of diet-

Since the area of the heart was ruled out. I needed to slowly start changing my diet. I was never very “healthy” in my food choices to begin with so a serious change needed to be made.

About a month ago (when my episodes became way too frequent), I began fervently researching what I needed to exclude from my diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle yet still enjoy the foods we eat. Not only my episodes, but our family needed to eat healthier than we’ve been eating.

My biggest problem is I cannot eat bland foods that are super healthy, so, I am on this journey I want you to come along with me. I want to create recipes that are healthy yet have a wow taste factor and appeal. I will have a new category for healthy meals as well on our blog (as soon as we are done with our blog redesign (currently in progress)..). Healthy + delicious + easy = YES!

Would you be interested in a post about the changes we are making? What we’ve cut out and how we are adjusting to a different lifestyle? 🙂 It’s all so so exciting.

Essential oils-

All the research I’ve been doing has also brought me to a whole new love for essential oils. But, that is for a whole new post. I constantly am combining oils to diffuse our home and trying different recipes to cut out the toxic products we currently have in our home. (Like making my own glass cleaner, dish soap, and mouthwash.). Once I feel comfortable in my knowledge of essential oils and know them like the back of my hand – I’ll surely do a detailed post on the blog.

Bone Broth Recipe
Bone broth truly is truly natures multivitamin. It contains healing components for your body. Bone broth is rich in protein and minerals that support the immune system.
Servings: 8 cups broth
Calories: 22 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 lbs beef bones, variety
  • 2 carrots, halved and sliced
  • 2 onions, halved
  • 2 celery, halved and sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 whole black peppercorns
  • 10 cups distilled water
Instructions
  1. Place beef on foil on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes at 400°F. 

  2. Meanwhile, rinse vegetables and cut into large pieces. 

  3. Add roasted beef bones to the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients. 

  4. Cook on low heat 18-24 hours. 

  5. Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Refrigerate or freeze broth. 


Getting to know you– Do you make your own bone broth? What are creative ways you enjoy the broth? I’D LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK IN THE COMMENTS! 🙂

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  • Jules 08/16/2018, 6:54 pm

    Hi. I was looking for a bone broth recipe for a long time already and u have one.
    Thanks have to try asap.
    Only a question I got what are the portions u consume daily?

    • Valentina's Corner 08/17/2018, 7:40 pm

      You do have to try it, Jules. There are just so many benefits to the broth. I try to drink it twice a week plain or with light additions. The rest of the time I try to add it to soups, casseroles, pasta or wherever I can substitute water or if the recipe calls for a broth. (This is great to make in an instant pot as well.)

  • Daniela Zagrean 08/14/2018, 6:02 pm

    It sounds like a gallbladder attack! Healthy diet will help but sometimes it’s just influenced by hormonal imbalances.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/14/2018, 10:49 pm

      That’s interesting, Daniela. I’m going to look into that. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nelya 08/11/2018, 5:11 pm

    Valentina,
    Thank you for this post. Honestly I think so many people are in the same boat as you. Please please share what foods you cut out, as well as new recipes! I have 4 kids ages 7 and under, and we cut out dairy, gluten, egg, soy and sugar in the past 6 months. It has been very difficult coming up with new meals, because we love our Slavic food so much! Im constantly looking for new recipes to fit our new diet, and its the worst when I try something new spend all day cooking but then kids wont eat it. Bone broth is a staple in our diet. We are keeping you in our prayers.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/13/2018, 8:58 am

      Thanks so much for your prayers, Nelya. Truly appreciate it. I know what you mean by trying new recipes and they are just a big no, such a bummer! I will definitely be experimenting and sharing what we create. <3 Thanks for being a part of our online home.

  • Larisa 08/11/2018, 4:38 pm

    Valya,
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and the personal health issue. Not too long ago, I had heart attack symptoms for over 4 hours which sent me to ER. But nothing significant was found. It sure was a scare. I will be praying for your well being as well. Yes, like studies have been proving to show that bone broths are super beneficial to our health, as well as essential oils. I’m glad you are also on the road to eating cleaner and having a less toxic home. We try to avoid GMOs in foods and chemicals in our house, but it sure is not easy in today’s world. Got to be very intentional and its not even funny how addicting the additives to junk food and all the packaged foods are. We’re fortunate to grow some vegetables in our backyard. I will be harvesting cabbages soon which I plan to ferment and use others in the salads. If you know of recipes for cabbage fermentation, would be great if you could post them.

    Thanks again. May God bless you and your family.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/13/2018, 9:01 am

      Glad it was just a scare for you, Larisa. We typically have a really LARGE garden as well. This was our first year not having it and I miss it so much. I usually plant enough potatoes that will last me all winter until spring. 🙂
      I’ve been experimenting with fermenting as well. Funny you say cabbage because that was my first recipe trying. I’ll definitely share all we find and LOVE.
      Blessings to you and your family too, Larisochka.

  • Catherine Lee 08/11/2018, 2:58 am

    It’s possibly a gallbladder issue, that happened to me and took awhile to get it figured out. I sure hope you get all all fixed up soon!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/11/2018, 4:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Catherine. We sure how we get it figured out as well. Glad you were able to find out your issue. Hope you are doing much better!

  • J 08/11/2018, 12:41 am

    I’m so sorry that you’re having health issues! I hope and pray that you get better soon Valentina! Have a great weekend!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/11/2018, 4:42 pm

      Thanks for your sweet comment, J! It’s so appreciated! <3 <3

  • Lisa Underation 08/10/2018, 8:46 pm

    Will be praying for you. I have changed my way of eating as we’ll and now have been eating keto for almost 3 months. I struggled with reflux and have started drinking apple cider vinegar as my easily routine. Hate the taste in water so I drink it in club soda. My reflux is gone, 20 pounds down, feel so much better. My boys love it because the increase in fat keeps them full for sports and the don’t run out of the carb energy as quickly. Always looking for great keto recipes. Pray you feel better and get to the bottom of things.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/11/2018, 4:42 pm

      Oh WOW, Lisa. That’s wonderful!! Keto has definitely been a diet I’ve been researching and will continue to do so. Appreciate your thoughts and prayer.

  • Tonya 08/10/2018, 8:00 pm

    Hi Valentina, I’m so sorry to hear about your health! Please look into plant-based diet, it heals all kinds of sicknesses! And it would be awesome if you develop plant-based recipes. 🙂 I have a toddler who’s allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, and it has pushed me to do alot of research about our diet today and right now I am working on a change to plant-based diet for my family and honestly it’s the best decision ever!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/11/2018, 4:41 pm

      That’s interesting. I bet it’s so difficult to completely change for the whole family. I’ve only started slowly and it’s challenging but feels oh so good about the changed.
      And thank you for your feedback – it’s appreciated.

  • Sue Olmstead 08/10/2018, 3:44 pm

    Hello, i just found your blog as i was searching for a bone broth recipe and I read your notes about your acid reflux. About 3 years ago I had a similar experience and long story short, I ended up at the gastroenterologist and eventually and allergy specialist because I also broke out in a full-body rash. In the end it was discovered that I had a sensitivity to eggs and at the time I thought that was the only safe thing to eat so I basically tortured my body and made it a lot worse because I didn’t know! I cut eggs out of my diet and immediately my symptoms improved and with the help of allergy medication, otc heartburn med and steroids for a short time ,I was able to finally get well. Since then I have discovered that I’m also sensitive to fried foods and wheat products with yeast in them in that they give me gas and heartburn. Tortillas dont bother me. I have not experienced that “pain” you were talking about for 2 years now and have completely weaned myself from the heartburn medication which has horrible side effects. I am careful not to eat several hours before going to bed, I have lost weight and have lessened the amount of food I eat. All of these things have contributed to my healing and I thought I would share them with you in hopes that you can be well also. My heart goes out to you and I will pray for you also!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/10/2018, 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Sue. I am so relieved to hear there are others that have walked in my shoes. Glad to hear you are feeling better – just wonderful.
      Also, welcome to our online home, I hope you come back and visit. 🙂 🙂

  • Viktoriya T. 08/09/2018, 8:28 pm

    Will keep you in prayers, my dear sister in Christ)
    I appreciate your honesty and totally feel your worry….
    God is mighty!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/10/2018, 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much, Viktoriya. You’re so kind and I agree, He is oh so MIGHTY! My health is ultimately in His hands. <3

  • Tzivia 08/09/2018, 12:41 pm

    Omg oh wow so very sorry valentina had no idea praying that all goes well with you hun glad to hear that you’re making slow changes dish soap and mouthwash to make your spray cleaner thanx for the tip will try it sometime and that broth looks really so very good and healthy thank g-d it is not your heart whereas with me it is my heart I have a mild heart enlargement and arrhythmia diagnosed @ separate times I have been doing my very best to keep myself healthy that’s one of the reasons I love coming on to your blog you have so many different delicious recipes which I have tried including the desserts I hardly go out to eat anymore except for a major occasion or if let’s say I am gonna be out all day yesterday I had little episode with my heart where I thought I was going to have to go to the er luckily it subsided because in addition to my heart issues I also have asthma the doctor @ the urgent care was debating whether to send me to the er because she heard me breathing and wheezing very heavily luckily thank g-d it turned out to be not super bad but not super good so I was on antibiotics in addition to ear drops and had to use my pump every few hours or so she told me to stay in a lot and I shouldn’t be out and about so when I was reading what you are or have been going through I was very much able to relate thanx so much for sharing girlfriend I am so looking forward to seeing the new blog in progress good luck and soldier on g-d bless

    • Valentina's Corner 08/09/2018, 2:26 pm

      You’re so sweet, Tzivia. I always look forward to your comments. 🙂
      Once I get my proportions 100% figured out, I’ll definitely share them with you. We are still in the testing stages:).
      I’m so sorry to hear about your health struggles, I will be adding you to my prayer journal. It’s so powerful to pray for one another. Wishing you God’s blessing!. No matter what happens to us, He is till in control.

  • Lilly 08/08/2018, 6:05 am

    Sounds like you need to drastically reduce the amount of acid in your diet (lemon, lime, vinegar, tomatoes, ketchup, hot sauce, hot peppers, tea, coffee, chocolate, etc.), avoid laying down for at least 2 hours after meals and elevate head of bed at night (not pillows!). But most importantly, have an endoscopy.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/08/2018, 11:13 am

      Thanks so much for all the tips, Lilly. They are so appreciated!. That is what I want to do as well so I have a piece of mind and know for sure what’s going on, just super nervous.

  • Nina 08/08/2018, 4:55 am

    So sorry to hear that,everything will be ok praying for you🙏 ❤
    Healthy recipes will be wonderful can’t wait ! Ps:My family’s favorite recipe from you is the chicken gravy mashed potatoes so good 😊

    • Valentina's Corner 08/08/2018, 11:14 am

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Ninochka. The fact that I have so many wonderful online friends is the only reason I shared something so personal. I truly believe in the power of prayers. Thank you for being a part of our online home and for trying our recipes. You’re so kind. 🙂

  • Natasha 08/07/2018, 11:17 pm

    Praying for you valechka,that everything goes well for you and you find easy solutions with diet….we all need to eat healthier that’s for sure. keep us posted on your condition please:)🙏

    • Valentina's Corner 08/08/2018, 11:06 am

      Thank you so much, Natashenka! I so appreciate your sweet comment!

  • Katerina 08/07/2018, 9:50 pm

    Sorry about your health issues! Please do post about the changes you’ve made. Also, do you think this would work in Instant Pot? If so, any idea about settings and cook time? Just bought one.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/07/2018, 11:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Katerina.
      You definitely may use an instant pot. Manually set the instant pot to 180 minutes. Allow broth to naturally release, then release any additional pressure. Chicken broth is wonderful and so easy in the instant pot as well. 🙂 Enjoy.

  • Angela 08/07/2018, 9:31 pm

    Praying for you, I believe in His healing power ❤️

    • Valentina's Corner 08/07/2018, 11:02 pm

      I so appreciate it, Angela. Truly mean it. <3 <3

  • Mila S. 08/07/2018, 6:48 pm

    Valentina, I’m so sorry about your health! I will keep you in my prayers and believe in healings as well. PLEASE, PLEASE post about your food changes. We need to do this tooo. Many blessings. Love you site and all you do. XOXO

    • Valentina's Corner 08/07/2018, 11:17 pm

      You are so so sweet, Mila. Thanks so much for being a part of our online family! <3 🙂

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