How to Can Homemade Broth or Stock


Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbrothWe cook the vast majority of our meals at home, from scratch, and one of the ingredients we use most is stock (or broth… We’ll discuss the difference in a minute).

I probably use a quart or two of chicken stock every week on average— sometimes more if I’m making a big pot of soup. Chicken stock is super versatile and can be turned into soups, stews, and sauces, used as a braising liquid for meats or as a base for gravy, or even as an extra flavourful cooking liquid for grains like pasta and rice. (Risotto is a prime example of a grain that wouldn’t be nearly as good without stock or broth!)

Likewise, I like to keep beef broth on hand for beef stew, French Onion soup and beef short ribs. (I’m salivating as I write this).

While I don’t use vegetable stock a lot, it’s also a great vegan alternative to chicken stock!

 

What’s the difference between stock and broth?

Before we go any further, let’s talk about the difference between stock and broth…

The terms “broth” and “stock” are often used interchangeably, and so are the ingredients themselves. For example, if a recipe calls for stock but you only have broth, go ahead and use broth. Same goes for the opposite: you can use stock instead of broth if that’s what you have on hand. 

The real difference between stock and broth is that stock is typically made with the carcass or bones of an animal (ie. chicken or beef), that typically have little to no meat left on them. The bones are typically roasted to bring out more or the rich flavours of the bones and any bits of meat left on them.

Broth, however, can be made from bones or from meat, on or off the bone, and usually some veggies, herbs and seasonings for extra flavour. The meat/bones in broth are typically not roasted.

At the end of the day, they broth and stock are both very similar and can both be used interchangeably in most recipes.

* I use the terms “broth” and “stock” interchangeably throughout this articles as well.

I make my broth/stock with bones and carcasses with varying amounts of meat left on them, as well as veggie scraps, fresh and dried herbs, salt, and spices for lots of flavour.

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

Health benefits of broth and stock

Aside from flavour and versatility, broth and stock are both super healthy for you. There’s a reason why we’re told to eat chicken soup when we’re sick, and it’s all about the broth, baby!

Broth and stock are both loaded with the nutrients that are present in the ingredients used to make them, so if you add carrots, onions, garlic, herbs, etc. to your broth, you’ll benefit from all of the nutrients that are extracted from those ingredients.

Stock (aka. Bone Broth) is especially good for you, and has achieved superfood status in recent years due to its amazing health benefits. This is because stock/bone broth is made with bones, and animal bones contain all sorts of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous (found in the bones themselves), glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen (found in the joints) and vitamins A and K2, zinc, iron, boron, manganese, selenium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (found in the marrow). [Source]

While all of these vitamins and minerals are important for our overall health, collagen in particular has been touted for its health benefits, and is the main nutrient responsible for the rise in popularity of bone broth.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and is essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, nails, muscles, bones and joints.

Collagen supplements have been popping up in health food stores everywhere, but you can get collagen in its most natural (and delicious) form by enjoying it in some bone broth. Plus, you’ll get all of the nutrients from the addition of vegetables and herbs.

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

You can see the gel on this homemade beef broth. This is what it typically looks like after being refrigerated and is a sign of high levels of collagen.

 

Why make and can your own homemade stock?

While you can easily buy broth or stock at the store, there are a few reasons why you should make your own (and can it too!)

First of all, by making your own broth, you know exactly what’s in it and how much of each ingredient there is. Some popular commercial brands of broth contain additional ingredients like inflammatory canola and/or soybean oil, artificial flavours and flavour “enhancers,” and excessive amounts of sodium. By making your own, you can use healthier, all-natural ingredients and keep the salt to a healthy minimum.

 

Second, making your own broth or stock at home is much cheaper than buying it from the store. This is especially true if you’re buying the good stuff (ya know, the organic brands without all of the added junk I listed above).

Good quality store-bought bone broth can be pretty pricey. Making your own is not only cheaper, it also makes use of animals parts that would otherwise be discarded.

I try to always buy whole or bone-in chicken, so we get a meal out of the meat and then I just toss the bones/carcass into the freezer until I’m ready to make a batch of broth. I also use veggie scraps instead of whole vegetables (which I’ll talk about in a minute), so my homemade chicken broth is practically free.

While I do purchase beef bones specifically for making broth, they’re still cheaper than it would cost to buy beef broth from the store.

And of course, if you raise your own meat animals, you’d be crazy NOT to make your own stock!

Finally, while you can make your own broth/stock and preserve any excess in the freezer, I prefer to can it so that I have it ready to go in liquid form whenever I need it. I’m just not great with planning ahead and remembering to take things out of the freezer well before I need them, so having canned stock ready to go is a huge help for me in the kitchen.

Just be aware that broth and stock are low acid and therefore MUST be pressure canned for safety reasons. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the recipe below.

* For more information on pressure canning, click here to learn how to use a pressure canner safely.

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

How to make broth or stock at home

Now that you know WHY you should be making your own bone broth/stock at home, here’s how to actually do it…

First of all, you’ll need to gather your ingredients. The recipe I use is very flexible and doesn’t use set amounts of anything. You can add as much or as little of the listed ingredients as you like.

The first thing you’ll need is bones or meat. 

If you’re making chicken stock, either start with one whole chicken carcass or a couple handfuls of bones. If using beef bones, I usually get two batches of stock out of roughly 5 lbs. of beef bones.

You can use “fresh” bones (ie. bones that you’ve just picked clean from a meal) or frozen bones. I like to toss all my chicken bones into the freezer in Ziplock bags until I’m ready to use them.

Next, roast the bones. This is a super important step that is crucial for beef broth and will improve the flavour of chicken broth too.

(One time I tried making beef broth without roasting the bones first and it was flavourless and gritty. I ended up tossing the whole batch. While roasting isn’t necessary for chicken stock, it improves the flavour and richness of your broth).

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

Preheat oven to 450ºF. Place bones on a baking tray (no need to thaw, you can do this while they’re still frozen), drizzle with a little olive oil and roast for about 30-40 minutes, until bones and any meat left on them have browned.

Transfer roasted bones to a large stockpot, slow cooker or Instant Pot (cooking instructions for each method follow).

Then, add a handful of chopped vegetables, herbs and spices for flavour. Onions, garlic, leeks, celery, carrots, rosemary, thyme, sage and bay leaves are all popular choices for adding flavour to stock, as well as some peppercorns and a generous pinch of salt.

You can use either fresh or dried herbs for flavour, just remember that dried herbs are more concentrated in flavour than fresh herbs, so use a bit less.

Add a splash of apple cider vinegar if you have some on hand. The ACV helps draw out more nutrients from the bones!

* Take caution if using sage as too much can make your stock taste bitter once canned.

** This recipe also works for vegetable stock too — just omit the bones/meat. **

 

Frugal kitchen tip…

I save a bunch of my veggie scraps in freezer bags for making stock, which makes this recipe extra frugal! I toss onion and garlic ends and peels, as well as (washed) carrot peels and celery ends in the freezer and then toss in a couple good handfuls with my bones when I’m ready to make stock!

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

Stovetop/slow cooker method

Cover bones, vegetables, herbs and seasonings with water, cover and bring to a simmer on the stovetop over medium heat, or set your slow cooker to low.

If cooking on the stovetop, reduce heat to low once simmering.

Cook on low for 8 to 12 hours (up to 24 hours).

Strain out the bones, veggies and other solid, reserving the liquid. You may need to strain the liquid twice and/or use a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to filter out any little bits.

Refrigerate bone broth before canning

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

Instant Pot method

If using an Instant Pot, cover bones, vegetables, herbs and seasonings with water (make sure not to fill past the max. fill line). Place the lid on and make sure the vent knob is closed. Set Instant Pot to high pressure and cook for two hours.

Once time is up, allow Instant Pot to depressurize naturally. Remove lid after about 30 minutes and strain, reserving the liquid.

Refrigerate bone broth before canning

Allow bone broth to cool in the pot or transfer to a container or divide between quart-sized Mason jars. Once cooled, place in the fridge and refrigerate overnight.

It’s important to refrigerate for at least 8-12 hours before canning as any fat will float to the top and harden so you can easily skim it off.

This is especially true for beef stock as this produces a thick layer of beef fat (tallow). For safety reasons, you shouldn’t can fat. Although it’s okay if there are a few tiny pieces of fat floating around still, so long as you remove the majority.

Once cooled in the fridge, remove stock and skim off the fat. At this point you will likely notice that the stock is thick and more like gelatine than liquid. This is a GOOD sign!! The thicker your stock, the more collagen it has. And don’t worry: once you heat it again or can it, it will turn back to liquid form.

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

You can clearly see the hardened fat on top of this refrigerated beef stock. This must be skimmed off before canning. Chicken stock typically has a much thinner layer of fat on top after refrigerating.

 

How to can homemade broth or stock

Prepare your pressure canner, jars and lids. For more information on how to do this, click here.

Transfer stock to a large, stainless steel pot and bring to a boil. Ladle boiling hot stock into prepared jars, leaving one inch headspace at the top.

Wipe jar rims to make sure there is no residue from the stock on the rims as this can prevent a good seal. I recommend using a paper towel or rag dipped in white vinegar as the vinegar will cut through the fat/oiliness of the stock and will ensure there’s no reside left behind.

Place new lids on jars and screw bands down to fingertip tight.

Process pint jars for 30 minutes and quart jars for 35 minutes at 10 lbs. of pressure (increase to 15 pounds of pressure if canning at over 1,000 feet above sea level).

  • You may come across other bone broth/stock canning recipes that say to process for 20 minutes for pint jars or 25 minutes for quart jars, however this is only safe if you’re using exact amounts of ingredients according to a safe and tested recipe. Since this recipe calls for a handful of this and a handful of that, increase your processing time to 30 minutes for pint jars and 35 minutes for quart jars. This is because the vegetables in this recipe require a longer processing time than meat, so I go by the processing time for vegetable stock rather than meat stock.

Once processing time is up, allow canner to depressurize completely, then remove lid and let jars rest in the canner for another 10 minutes before removing.

Remove jars from canner and let cool completely on a towel on your countertop before storing.

Canned stock should be stored in your pantry out of direct sunlight and should be used within a year (this is an overly cautious precaution for all home-canned foods, however I’ve used home-canned stock that was up to two years old and it’s been fine).

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

How to store homemade bone broth/stock in the fridge or freezer

If you don’t want to can your stock, it will last in the fridge up to one week.

Alternatively, you can freeze your homemade stock for up to a year (for best quality). If freezing, remember to leave ample headspace at the top of your jar(s) or container to allow for expansion. I like to leave at least two inches of headspace when freezing.

 

How to use homemade broth/stock

There are so many ways to use your homemade broth or stock. Use it as a base for soups and stews, sauces and gravies, as a basting liquid for braised meats or use in place of water when cooking grains like rice and pasta for added flavour.

You can also heat up a mug or a bowl and sip your homemade broth on its own to benefit from all of the nutrients. This is especially recommended when you’re feeling sick or like you’re coming down with something.

How do you use broth/stock at home?

As always, I’d love to know your favourite ways to use broth or stock at home. Do you have any favourite recipes or ways to use broth/stock that weren’t listed above? If so, let me know in the comments below!


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5 Comments

  1. Kim

    This was the answer to my question. I made beef broth and when I checked on canning times I saw that the recipe only used a small amount of veggies so I wasn’t sure if I should increase my processing time to equal a veggie broth. Glad to know how to can it safely so I don’t have to just freeze it all. Thanks!

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  2. Johanna

    I read somewhere that adding salt to the bones can cause toxins to leak from the bones. So as a pre auction I add salt after I have strained the broth.

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    • Tish Painter

      I have not heard that salt will do that when cooking bones. The only thing I have heard is to use caution when adding salt to anything you will be canning as it becomes more concentrated and can ruin your food, making it too salty.

      I personally, don’t add salt at all in most of my canning recipes so I have more control of the final product when cooking. I can always add salt when reheating or cooking while making the meal.

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I laid in bed the other night and couldn’t sleep.

I know that probably doesn’t sound out of the ordinary, especially considering the collective stress we’ve all been through over the past year and a half. But if I’m being totally honest, I’ve done a pretty good job of not letting it get to me.

I used to have really bad anxiety, and I made a conscious effort to learn how to manage it in (mostly) healthy, natural ways. I practice a lot of gratitude every day, and overall I’ve learned to deal with stress, anxiety and negative thoughts pretty well.

Lately though, I’ve been feeling the weight of it all. Aside from dealing with personal issues like our ongoing infertility/pregnancy loss journey and the every day stresses we all face, the bigger things have been feeling bigger and heavier lately; The mandates, the politics, the pushback, the arguments and attacks online, the divisiveness, and the seemingly never-ending pandemic that every single one of us is still dealing with in some capacity.

I’ve been seeing more and more calls to “choose a side.” I’ve witnessed my own close friends on both sides of the debate hurling insults at each other, defending their ground, and refusing to listen to each other’s valid points and concerns.

I’ve even witnessed a widening crack in the homesteading community, despite the fact that so many of our core values and beliefs align and are unique to us.

Despite the division, I would still argue that ALL of us have much more in common than not, and to see the divide continuing to deepen has started to get under my skin lately.

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