There are approximately a gazillion recipes for bone broth on the internet (give or take) and a growing number for the Instant Pot. Most traditional methods involve simmering bones – typically chicken or beef – for 12-24 hours. While this yields a nutritious and inexpensive bone broth, this method does require planning ahead and some time management.
In the past, I’ve used a slow cooker recipe to make my chicken broth. The only downside is that your whole house will smell like chicken broth for a day or two.
(While that’s not necessarily bad, it does get really old. REALLY fast. In fact, we have a name for that distinct chicken broth odor:
The Chicken Funk.
When I discovered that the Instant Pot can make the exact same nutritionally dense bone broth IN ONE HOUR and NOT MAKE MY HOUSE SMELL FUNKY… well, I was sold.
Disclaimer: I can neither confirm nor deny that I danced around my house shouting when I realized that I could make broth in one hour WITHOUT THE CHICKEN FUNK.
Three Ingredient Bone Broth
Personally, I’m a huge fan of America’s Test Kitchen. In keeping with their name, they test every recipe they develop – seeing exactly the best way to promote flavor. They came to the conclusion that the best flavor of chicken broth was actually quite simple – chicken meat, chicken bones, and salt.
While a lot of recipes add carrots and celery, ATK found that the addition of such things simply muddied the flavor.
I keep my recipe similar – I use chicken bones (leftover from my Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe), salt, and a little bit of apple cider vinegar.
The apple cider vinegar works to pull out the important nutrients from the bones – and provides a really lovely flavorful undertone.
I also use a high quality sea salt which I buy from Amazon to save money.
Oh, and I add water. (But water is water. I don’t really count that as an ingredient in my head.)
A Note About Size and Volume
Remember, you should never fill your Instant Pot more than 2/3 full when making bone broth. If you have a 6 quart IP, that means you should not fill it past the “10 line” in your bowl.
Also be sure to let the pressure release naturally, so that nothing bubbles/spills out.
And if you want to make your life a lot easier, you can freeze leftover chicken carcasses in these containers so that they are already in a round shape and easy to fit in your Instant Pot when you’re ready.
Yep, you can make broth straight from frozen bones.
I should also add that I use this strainer to strain my broth when it is done. Or I’ll use this mesh basket and simply lift it out to remove all bones (you have to snap off the handles to make it fit, which is easy enough to do).
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