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Basic Beef Broth Recipe

Beef broth is versatile – use it as a base for soup, to make a sauce or gravy or drink it in a mug. Best of all, it’s super easy to make with the help of a slow cooker. Laura Prepon and Elizabeth Troy, authors of THE STASH PLAN, share their recipe.


1 pound organic grass-fed marrowbones
1 pound organic grass-fed knucklebones
1 pound bone-in short rib, (optional, but we suggest using it)
2 large carrots
2 stalks celery
1 head garlic
2-ounce chunk fresh ginger
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 large yellow onion
2 teaspoons Real Salt (or sea salt of your choice)
2 teaspoons black peppercorns

1. Place bones in a large slow cooker.

2. Rinse off carrots, celery, garlic, ginger, and herbs. You don’t have to dry them because they are going right into the slow cooker to be covered with water.

3. Chop ends off carrots and celery, then chop into large chunks. Chop ends off onion, peel off outside layer, then chop into big chunks. Slice the head of garlic in half. Slice ginger length-wise— no need to peel it. These don’t have to look perfect. The less time you spend, the better! Add to cooker.

3. Sprinkle herbs, salt, and peppercorns on top. Cover with water to 2 inches above the bones and veggies. Set the slow cooker on high and cook for at least 15 hours. You want a slow simmer; adjust accordingly.

4. When broth is finished, allow it to cool slightly. Pour the broth through a strainer into another large bowl.

5. Transfer the strained broth to a glass container and put in the fridge. After the broth cools, it may be gelatinous; the amount of gelatin depends on the collagen content of the bones you used. This is a good thing! Whatever the gelatin content, this micronutrient-rich broth is still liquid vitamins for you, healing you from the inside out. Every time you make it, it will have its own unique texture, mouth feel, and taste.

6. Once the broth is cold, the fat will harden on the top, making it super-easy for you to scoop it off and discard. How lovely! What’s left is the Fountain of Youth.

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