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Basic Bone Broth


This rich and nourishing broth is full of healing nutrients such as gelatin, collagen, minerals and vitamins. Add salt and sip on this as a daily healing digestive tonic or use for soups (such as the Restorative Chicken Ginger Soup), stews, grains and more. Slow cooker’s work great here too.


5-lb. organic chicken
1 large
yellow onion
head garlic, cut in half cross-wise
1⁄4 cup
sliced fresh ginger
2 each
stalks celery
3 large
shiitake mushrooms (optional)
2 inch
strip piece kombu seaweed
2 tbsp
raw apple cider vinegar
8 cup


Rinse chicken and add to a large stockpot with neck and organs. Add onion, garlic and ginger to pot. Cut celery and carrots into 3 or 4 large chunks and place on top of chicken. Add mushrooms and burdock if using. Add seaweed and vinegar and cover with water. Cover and turn heat to medium high to bring broth to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 2 hours.

Then remove chicken from the pot and pull meat from the bones. Add skin and bones back to the broth and simmer broth for an additional 16-24 hours. Refrigerate chicken for use in soups, salads, etc.

Strain broth into a large bowl using a fine mesh sieve and then add to glass mason jars or containers and refrigerate. If desired, remove fat that congeals on the surface of broth before using. Broth should congeal to a jelly like texture when refrigerated. Use within 3-4 days or freeze in glass containers.

Basic Bone Broth
SourceCopyright 2012, S. Sammartino, Original recipe,
Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
30 minutes