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Cooking & Canning Farm Fresh Bone Broth

Jar of chicken bone broth and jar of beef bone broth on a counter with a crockpot in the background, used for making the broth.
Discover the art of cooking and canning your own beef or chicken bone broth at home with our easy-to-follow recipe.

Savor the Flavor: Crafting Homemade Beef and Chicken Broth.

If you're like us—loving the taste of homegrown goodness and wanting to keep things natural—then you're in for a treat. Today, we're diving into the art of making hearty beef and chicken broth right from the comfort of your own homestead, using the finest bones from Ropp Family Farm Beef & Poultry.

Why Homemade Broth Hits the Spot

Sure, store-bought broths have their place, but there's nothing quite like the rich, wholesome flavor of homemade bone broth. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and discover how easy it is to whip up batches of this liquid gold for soups, stews, and all your favorite dishes.

Greta Ropp in her farm kitchen placing a pan of Premium Ropp Family Farm Beef Bones into the oven, preparing to make farm fresh bone broth
Greta Ropp prepares Premium Ropp Family Farm Beef Bones in her farm kitchen, the first step in creating delicious and nutritious farm fresh bone broth.

Beef Broth Recipe: A Taste of Tradition

Start by preheating your oven to 375°F. Lay out those beautiful beef bones from Ropp Family Farm on a baking sheet and let them roast for about 30 minutes. This step brings out their natural flavors and sets the stage for a robust broth.

Greta enhances the flavor and nutrition of her bone broth by adding Apple Cider Vinegar during the cooking process.
Adding a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to a crockpot with premium beef bones, part of the bone broth preparation process.

Next, it's Instant Pot time! Toss those roasted bones in, cover them with water, and add a generous splash of apple cider vinegar. Let it all simmer for 90 minutes to brew up a pot of savory goodness. Feel free to toss in some veggies if you fancy—just know they'll meld beautifully into the broth.

Once done, strain out any small bits, leaving you with pure, delicious beef broth. Pour it into clean jars, leaving a bit of headspace, and stash them in the freezer for whenever you need a taste of home.

Simmering chicken bones, vegetables, and herbs in a crockpot—step by step to nutritious homemade bone broth.
Crockpot filled with chicken bones, vegetables, and herbs simmering to make homemade bone broth.

Chicken Broth Recipe: Slow-Cooked Comfort

For chicken broth, start with a leftover chicken carcass—you know, the kind that's got plenty of flavor still clinging to those bones. Pop it into your trusty crockpot, cover it with water, and toss in some onions, carrots, parsley, Rosemary, celery or other fresh veggies you can get your hands on to add some extra depth and nutrition. Let it all simmer low and slow for 24-48 hours to really draw out those savory notes.

Add a dollop (tablespoon) of apple cider vinegar to round out the flavors, and don't be shy with the herbs—thyme and rosemary are our go-tos for that down-home taste. When it's done, strain out the goodness, pour it into jars, and freeze for later. You've just bottled up comfort in a jar.

Greta preserves her homemade bone broth in Ball Quart canning jars after straining—a labor of love for nutritious meals ahead."
Greta straining homemade bone broth into Ball Quart canning jars for preservation.

Canning Broth: Preserve the Goodness

Want to stock up your pantry with these liquid treasures? Canning is the way to go. Here's how, straight from the experts at Oregon State University Extension Service:

  1. Fill up your clean, hot jars with hot broth, leaving a little room at the top.

  2. Wipe those jar rims clean, seal them up nice and tight, and get ready to process.

  3. Use a pressure canner to process pints for 20 minutes or quarts for 25 minutes at 11 pounds of pressure. Adjust times if you're up in the hills—check the OSU guidelines for exact details.

Expert Advice and Safety First

Remember, when it comes to canning, safety is key. For tips and tricks straight from the pros, like the OSU food safety hotline at 1-800-354-7319. They're there to help, so don't hesitate to reach out.

Wrap-Up: Taste the Difference

With these simple steps, you're not just making broth—you're crafting a taste of homegrown love. Explore more about our premium shorthorn beef and why Ropp Family Farm is your go-to for quality at Get cooking and enjoy the flavors of the farm, right in your own kitchen.


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