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Comprehensive Guide to Making Homemade Bone Broth in an Instant Pot

Comprehensive Guide to Making Homemade Bone Broth in an Instant Pot

Mar 8, 2024

Comprehensive Guide to Making Homemade Bone Broth in an Instant Pot

Bone broth has been revered for centuries for its rich flavor and profound health benefits. It's a staple in many cuisines and is known for its ability to heal and nourish the body, particularly the gut lining. This comprehensive guide will take you through the steps of making homemade bone broth in an Instant Pot, a modern method that reduces cooking time dramatically while still delivering a beautiful, gelatin-rich broth. Whether you're using it for cooking, as a base for soups and stews, or as a health tonic, this guide will ensure you can create a flavorful and nutritious broth with ease.

Introduction to Bone Broth and Its Benefits

Homemade bone broth is not only full of flavor but also packed with nutrients, making it a powerful addition to your dietary arsenal. It's rich in collagen and gelatin, which come from the bones and are incredibly nourishing for the gut lining. A healthy gut is essential as it houses a significant portion of the immune system. By consuming bone broth, you're supporting your body's natural defenses.

Now, let's create a delicious bone broth in an Instant Pot, ensuring that we capture all those benefits in a fraction of the traditional cooking time.

Preparing the Bones

Roasting the Bones (Optional for Enhanced Flavor)

  1. Gather Your Bones: For a rich broth, use a mix of marrow bones and smaller bones. Marrow bones are particularly good for broth due to their high collagen content.
  2. Roasting: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange your bones on a baking tray in a single layer.
  3. Cooking Time: Roast the bones for about 30 to 45 minutes. You'll know they're ready when the marrow in the center of smaller bones softens, and you can press into it. Larger bones may have a firmer exterior, but that's fine as the Instant Pot will take care of extracting all the goodness.

Preparing the Vegetables and Herbs

Selecting and Prepping Vegetables

  1. Wash Your Vegetables: Thoroughly wash carrots and celery. There's no need to peel the carrots, just make sure they're clean.
  2. Breaking Vegetables: Break the carrots and celery into large chunks, and leave the leaves on the celery.
  3. Onion and Garlic Prep: For onions, remove the very outer layer if store-bought, and use the rest, including the skin, for added flavor and color. For garlic, remove the outermost layer and smash the cloves to release their oils.

Adding Herbs for Flavor and Nutrition

  1. Herbs: Include fresh herbs like rosemary by adding a few sprigs to the pot. The herbs will infuse the broth with their aromatic flavors.

Assembling Ingredients in the Instant Pot

Layering Ingredients

  1. Insert the Stainless Steel Pot: Place the stainless steel insert into your Instant Pot.
  2. Adding Bones and Vegetables: Add the larger marrow bones first, then arrange the smaller ones around them. Follow with the chunks of carrots, celery, onion, and garlic.
  3. Herbs: Place the fresh rosemary sprigs on top of the other ingredients.

Adding Water and Setting the Instant Pot

  1. Filling with Water: Pour water into the pot until you reach the maximum fill line. Ensure all ingredients are submerged.
  2. Sealing the Pot: Place the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is set to 'Sealed' position to prevent steam from escaping during pressure cooking.
  3. Cooking Time: Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 1 hour.

Finishing the Broth

Releasing Pressure and Straining

  1. Releasing Pressure: After the hour of cooking, perform a manual release of pressure. Be cautious of the steam and keep your face and hands at a safe distance.
  2. Straining the Broth: Once the pressure is fully released, remove the lid. Let the broth cool a bit before straining. Use a fine mesh strainer to separate the solids from the liquid. Discard the solids or repurpose them as you see fit.

Storing the Broth

Cooling and Skimming Fat (Optional)

  1. Cooling: Allow the broth to cool completely. If you plan to can the broth, refrigerate it until the fat solidifies on top and then skim it off.
  2. Storing: Pour the strained broth into containers and store in the refrigerator if you'll be using it within a few days. Otherwise, proceed with canning or freezing for long-term storage.

Checking for Gelatin

Once cooled, the broth should have a gel-like consistency, indicating a high gelatin content. This is the hallmark of a well-made bone broth.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations! You've just made a batch of nutritious and flavorful homemade bone broth in your Instant Pot. This method saves time without compromising on quality, giving you a healing and delicious broth that can be used in numerous recipes or enjoyed on its own. Remember to subscribe for more old-fashioned and traditional skills in the homestead kitchen and beyond.


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