Homemade broth vs store bought

Homemade beef broth pictured left – Swanson beef broth right.

I enjoy a good hearty broth. It helps me feel better when I’m sick and adds a ton of flavor and nutrients in cooking.   I used to buy various broths on my weekly grocery trip. Buying a good brand with no MSG or yeast extracts can cost up to $3. I recently read an article from Marksdailyapple that got me thinking about the health benefits of homemade broth as well as the super low cost. So, I sought out a local farmer who sold marrow bones from his grass fed cows.  I bought 20lbs of bones for around $11 (I was spending this about every two weeks buying cartons). Buying from the local farmers is much cheaper and it makes me feel better knowing the source.  As you can see in the picture above the color is completely different and the store bought doesn’t come close to the amazing flavor of the homemade batch.  Its super easy to make…. So lets get to it!


Large pot with lid or crock pot

Bones (Beef, Chicken, Turkey, etc)

Veggies (Carrots, Celery, Onions, Peppers, whatever you like)

Apple cider vinegar- this helps pull nutrients out of the bones

Salt and pepper to taste



If you are using beef bones make sure to roast them in the oven first. It isnt necessary but the flavor of the broth will be richer.

Put everything in pot or crock pot, cover with water and let the cooking begin!

If using a pot on the stove, bring the broth to a rolling boil then reduce to simmer. If using a crockpot, turn on high for several hours then to low. Simmer until done. I simmer beef broth for about 48 hrs and chicken broth for around 24 hrs.

When broth is done strain the liquid.  This will ensure that any bone bits and unwanted vegetable pieces dont get in.

Its that easy!!! Enjoy!