Instant Pot Bone Broth is rich and delicious, and a fantastic base for soups, sauces, pastas, etc. We drink a mug of hot bone broth when feeling under the weather. Gather some bones and make a nice, rich batch of pressure cooker bone broth.
Instant Pot Bone Broth
If you own an Instant Pot, chances are you have made baby back ribs, or a whole chicken, or maybe even beans with a ham hock in them. So, what do you do with all of those leftover bones? Why not try making Instant Pot Bone Broth?
I use Instant Pot Bone Broth for most of my recipes that call for broth/stock. It adds a ton of flavor, and if those health claims happen to be true, then it's a win-win! It's a very easy way to make broth because you don't have to babysit the pot. Set it and walk away for a few hours.
The first thing you'll need to do is start saving bones. The broth is much richer if the bones have previously been cooked or roasted (375° for 25 minutes).
Paul and Bryen know that when they are finished eating their ribs, or chicken, there will be me, the Bone Collector, coming through with a bag for them. Then I put that bag of bones in the freezer until I have enough for a batch of Instant Pot Bone Broth!
In its purest form, bone broth is just bones covered with water and cooked for several hours to extract as much of the collagen, protein, marrow, and all of that good stuff as possible. Some folks make it in their slow cooker, and they let it cook for 24 hours! If you don't have an Instant Pot, maybe that's a solution for you.
Instant Pot Bone Broth only takes 5 hours (4 to cook and 1 to naturally release the pressure, or NPR). I add more to my bone broth than just the bones. Take a look at the recipe, and have fun with it. I never have two batches turn out exactly the same!
**I keep the bone broth in mason jars in the fridge, or freeze it in storage bags. I don't can it. The Instant Pot I use doesn't can.
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Instant Pot Bone Broth is a rich and flavorful broth made from leftover bones. Cooked for several hours, the bones will soften and release collagen, protein, marrow, and more!
- Bones* (any kind, previously cooked)
- Water** (enough to just cover bones)
- 2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Large Yellow Onion, cut in quarters or eighths to fit in pot
- 5 cloves Garlic, smashed
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1-2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar***
- 2 Carrots, cut in large pieces
- 1 Rib Celery, cut in large pieces
- Herbs, whatever you like
- 2 inch Fresh Ginger, chopped
Put all of the ingredients into the inner liner of your Instant Pot.
**Add just enough water to cover the bones.
Close the lid, set steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Manual (or Pressure Cook) button, then the + or - button until you get to 240 minutes. That's 4 hours. If your IP only goes up to 120, just add another 120 after the first 120 minute cooking cycle ends.
After the cook cycle ends, let the IP naturally release pressure for at least 1 hour. You can let it NPR longer if you want, or very carefully do a manual pressure release after the hour.
Allow to cool, or if you can't wait, very carefully remove bones from the pot using a slotted spoon or a stainless steel spider.
Strain the remaining contents of the pot and put the bone broth into mason jars or other sealable containers. You might notice sediment on the bottom, and that's perfectly fine. If you want a clearer broth, strain again using a finer mesh or coffee filters (I never do this as I like the rich flavor the stuff has!).
*You will want to fill pot at least halfway with bones.
**Watch that you don't go over the manufacturer's recommendation for amount of liquid. I go below the max fill line. Please use caution!
***Not absolutely necessary, some say it helps break down the bones.
For this recipe I used the Instant Pot 8 quart pot, however, you can also use the Instant Pot 6 quart to make bone broth.
Calories are approximate, as it will depend on type and amount of bones and other ingredients.
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do you totally clean the bones before freezing
No, I leave the excess on. More flavor!
How long will this broth keep if refrigerated?
About 1 week.
I might have missed it,but are you saying high or low pressure for this recipe? Thanks for sharing it!
I cooked food for my dog's, my one that has autoimmune disease especially, and I cook a lot of chicken for him and only beef for the other one.
So are you saying I should keep the Bones from the cooked chicken and cook them again in the instant pot for bone broth? Do you freeze them in between the cooking? I cook a chicken about every other day and I think you need about to at least two make bone broth right? I have only ever made beef bone broth so I am pretty new to this but I've been throwing away the chicken bones and got to thinking I could probably use them?
On another note entirely I cook beef roast everyday in the instant pot and have a lot of broth I don't know what to do with... Any suggestions on the beef broth? Thanks so much, Sherri
Hi Sherri. Yes, I save my bones after using the meat. I do freeze them, and have bags in the freezer for chicken, turkey, beef and pork bones. You can just do bones and water, keeping it very simple, or add the seasonings and such. As for the beef broth you have leftover, you can make soup (My Beef Barley soup is really good), or you can cook beans and make a Chili, or a delicious batch of Beef and Noodles. Any recipe that requires water or broth, and I have lots of them. Beef Stew, etc. So I'd keep the bones and extra broth (you can freeze that, too), that's all good stuff!
Can you mix different kinds of bones, or should you do all chicken, all beef, all pork?? I don't eat much beef and even less pork. I'd love a good beef broth though. It will take me a loooong time to get enough beef bones ..lol. Chicken bones are what I will be able to get the most of. Thank you!!
Hi Robin! I mix bones all the time. I do separate them in my freezer, but I don't eat much beef either, so mixing is the key! But sometimes I want a straight chicken broth, so I just use chicken bones. For pork, I'll use ham and rib bones, and don't usually mix them. I use that broth mostly for cooking beans.
The bones must be previously cooked ???Thank you.
They don't HAVE to be, however, you will get a better result if they are. The bones will break down easier and release more of their goodness. Also the flavor will be richer!
Do you a 6 or 8 at for canning ?
Hi Marilyn, I used the 6qt for a long time until I got the 8qt. I don't can the bone broth, as the Instant Pot doesn't have the necessary amount of pressure to can safely. I just keep it in the fridge in sealed mason jars. To can, you would need an actual pressure canner. The bone broth keeps well in the fridge for a few weeks.