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Instructions for easy chicken broth

Chicken bone broth is so easy that you can hardly call it a recipe.

All you do is dump your bones into a crockpot, fill it with water, and let it sit on high or low all day or overnight. Strain out the bones, and you have the best chicken broth available – way better than anything you can buy in the store and so much more healthy!

How to make chicken broth the easy way, plus 5 frugal tips!

Here’s what I use to make chicken broth:

Easy chicken broth instructions

  1. Add your bones to the crockpot. You want a whole carcass or 8-12 leg bones. If it’s a turkey, you can use half the bones at a time (don’t forget the neck!)
  2. Cover with water. Turn the crockpot on high and let it sit for 8 or more hours.
  3. Pour the liquid through a sieve (if you won’t forget it, you can let it cool for awhile before doing this step).
  4. Cool the strained broth and store for a week in the fridge or for 3-6 months in the freezer.

Frugal chicken broth tips

  1. You don’t have to make broth out of the bones right away. If you have chicken bones but you aren’t ready to commit your crockpot to the process for the entire day or night, just pop them in a freezer bag and freeze them until you are ready.
  2. You can reuse chicken bones to make broth until they start disintegrating. After your strain the broth off the bones, the bones don’t have to go straight into the garbage can. You can get 2-3 batches of broth out of a set of bones. Just put the cooled bones back into a Ziploc bag and freeze until the next time or pop them right back into the crockpot, fill it up, and keep going.
  3. The bones can be raw or cooked. Whatever chicken bones you have, whether cooked, uncooked, from pieces or a whole chicken – they can all go in the pot.
  4. You can save up bones. Confession: I save drumstick bones off of people’s plates. Your chicken bones, even those saved from chicken dinner can be collected and frozen until
  5. Push on the bones while they’re in the sieve to release more broth.

I use this broth for all manner of dinners:

  • soups
  • beans
  • rice
  • sauces

Freeze portions in the amounts you typically use to make it convenient and simple to pull some broth out of the oven and add a dose of healthy, delicious broth to your meals.

I freeze my broth in plastic containers or glass jars and I save chicken (and turkey) bones in Ziploc freezer bags until I’m ready to make another batch.



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