I love bone broth! It’s one of the most healing foods you can eat! But how do you fit bone broth in the freezer? If you know all about bone broth and you just want to learn how to save freezer space, scroll down. If you’re a bone broth newbie, start here.
Bone Broth Promotes Health:
- Heal your gut
- Prevent and heal cavities
- Keep you from getting a cold—or help you get over a cold fast!
Bone broth is a staple of the Paleo and Whole30 diets, and it’s easy enough to make, but how do you store bone broth for easy use? I’ve used this trick for many years and no matter how crammed my freezer gets, there’s always room for my bone broth!
A Quick Overview of How to Make Bone Broth:
- Start with a healthy chicken! Pastured chicken is best, but it’s pricey and hard to find. I buy organic whole chickens at Costco. (It’s not an ad; everyone loves Costco!)
- Cook your chicken and remove all the meat.
- Simmer the chicken bones, gelatin, and schmaltz (the fat layer you’ll see after you refrigerate the chicken) with a splash of vinegar for at least 24 hours. You can add any veggies and herbs you like; I like to make plain bone broth so I can add it to more recipes—its mild flavor is undetectable in most recipes.
Easy, right? The way to prepare the bone broth for the freezer is just as easy, but you’ll need to do it when you’ll be home for a few hours.
How to Fit Bone Broth in Your Freezer
- Strain the bone broth from the crockpot into a pot.
- Simmer on medium-high heat until the bone broth is reduced to about 1 cup. This takes about 2 hours.
- The bone broth will look exactly like caramel!
- Use a spatula to transfer the bone broth reduction to a quart size freezer bag, roll it into a tube and stick it in the freezer.
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How to Use the Bone Broth Reduction
- When bone broth is reduced along with the chicken fat (schmaltz and skin), it will never freeze solid, so don’t put it into an ice cube tray—you’ll have to dig it out with a spoon! Ask me how I know.
- When you want some bone broth, just open the freezer bag and cut off a 1″ slice with a table knife (seriously, it doesn’t freeze solid!).
- Use your little bone broth nugget as a rich chicken base, or reconstitute it with 2 cups of water for traditional chicken broth.
- I don’t salt my bone broth. If you do use salt, add it before you reduce the bone broth. Label “salted” on your freezer bag so you remember not to over salt your recipe!