Instant Pot Bone Broth: Make Ahead for Easy Nutritious Meals Later

Growing up my mom could make a turkey last for a week and feed a family of six. She used each part to make meals and then at the end she boiled what was left and made soup. She even taught other moms at church how to do this. Even though I have a smaller family it’s still really hard for me to watch a good bone go to waste! She boiled them in a big pot on the stove but you can also make Instant Pot bone broth (otherwise known as a homemade chicken stock) in a pressure cooker. It’s much faster, easier to clean up and there’s no risk of it boiling over and making a mess on the stove. 

Making your own bone broth is nothing new. However, it’s definitely faster with your Instant Pot. Then you’ll have it on hand to make sauces, soups and other homemade meals in your Instant Pot (read my guide on which Instant Pot to buy depending on your preferences) or pressure cooker this Winter. If I bring someone a meal I love to have this on hand because the taste is so much better than store bought! 

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is a fancier chicken stock made by boiling bones, vegetables and spices. It can contain meat but it’s usually just what’s left on the bones. To make the richest broth, roast meat bones before cooking in your Instant Pot to improve the flavor even more.

You can make bone broth with beef, turkey (think Thanksgiving turkey leftovers) chicken or pork (we like to use leftover ham bones to make broth for our favorite Tuscan white bean and ham soup).

Instant Pot Bone Broth

One way to make Instant Pot Bone Broth is to add about one pound of bones from desired meat, carrots, celery, garlic, and apple cider vinegar to your instant pot.  Make sure bones are at the halfway mark before adding other ingredients. Add filtered water and press manual button for 120 minutes.  Once timer beeps, turn off instant pot and carefully release the pressure from the pressure valve.

Even Richer Broth – add vinegar

If you want an even richer broth, roast your chicken bones in your oven beforehand.  Also, add apple cider vinegar to the water – I get Bragg organic extra flavorful apple cider vinegar from Thrive Market. Vinegar is a secret ingredient in most bone broth recipes because it helps draw out the flavor. Click to get an extra 20% off your first 3 orders at Thrive: Thrive Market sells your favorite organic and non-gmo brands for up to 50% off retail.

Traditional Cooking Method for Bone Broth Takes Way Too Long

People used to have to simmer the bones and added ingredients for 24-48 hours!  It would take literally days to produce great, tasting bone broth. Now, with the help of your Instant Pot, making rich and delicious bone broth only takes a few hours.  

Instant Pot bone broth

Why Make Your Own Bone Broth?

  • Eliminate the waste of leftovers
  • No extra preservatives or MSG (you know what’s in it)
  • Richer, better tasting flavor
  • Cost effective

Why Bone Broth is a Kitchen Staple

Bone broth is a great kitchen staple.  It is healthy and can be used on it’s own as a simple broth or can be added to soups and sauces to make them more flavorful. It’s so much better than canned chicken broth that you buy at the store and you know for sure it doesn’t contain any MSG. Plus, with all the added health benefits, why not have it available in your kitchen?

You can freeze your bone broth in freezer bags and add it directly to your Instant Pot to make a quick batch of chicken noodle soup. Then you can store them stacked or buy containers so it’s really fast and easy to add to a recipe or make some soup (and take it to work).

Here are some containers that you can store your bone broth in, just click the images to learn more:

Crystal Clear Plastic Jars with Screw on Lids 16 oz Set 6 Wide MouthPaksh Novelty Plastic Containers for Lunch / Large Food Container with Lid, Leak Proof,Food Storage Containers with Lids, Round Plastic Deli Cups, US Made, 8, 16, 32

Bone broth is nutrient dense and is said to have great healing effects.  Some said benefits are help with digestive issues, better hair and skin, and help with soreness of joints. Plus there’s nothing like soup when you have a cold or if it’s just cold outside.


For more details on how to make your own bone broth, here are some recipes and here to find the best recipes.

How do you use your bone broth? Any questions about making it in the Instant Pot? Let me know in the comments.

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