Homemade bone broth is so easy to make in the Ninja Foodi. You can also make this homemade bone broth recipe in the Instant Pot since we are using the ‘pressure cook’ function. The best part of making bone broth this way is its ready in a few hours rather then taking all day. I will also show you how to get the most out of your cow bones when you make beef bone broth.
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Quick and Easy Beef Bone Broth Recipe (in the Ninja Foodi)
What You Will Need (Full Printable Recipe Available Below)
- carrots, 2, cut into large chunks
- celery stalks, 2, cut into large chunks
- parsnips, 2, cut into large chunks
- a bay leaf
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- beef bones
- filtered water
- Ninja Foodi
Along with eating clean and trying to keep my family eating healthy I also see a nutritionist. To make a long story short he runs a full blood panel and can see where my body is lacking things or has an abundance etc. Then we take this info and use food as a sort of medicine to address any issues. For example, my thyroid is a mess, my glutamine is extremely low, and my hormones are a mess. To keep it simple, my current diet now includes more cashews and less almonds. More pork, and less chicken. I’ve learned that zucchini and squash are loaded with glutamine, which is why you may find many zucchini recipes on my site. I also love to use my Ninja Foodi, because it simply makes things a bit easier.
Clean Eating Basic
I like to mention that this is a clean eating recipe because I am all about eating healthy and clean eating. If you are new to a clean eating way of life then you need to check out Everything You Need to Know about a Clean Eating Diet. You can also see how I lost 50 lbs and am keeping it off by following a clean eating diet here: How I Lost 50 Lbs Clean Eating. I tend to try different things and mix different flavors to keep meals healthy and tasty.
How to Make Bone Broth in the Ninja Foodi (or Instant Pot)
Because we are using the pressure cook function on the Ninja Foodi you can also use this homemade bone broth recipe in your Instant Pot if you have one. Just adjust the directions to accommodate your machine.
Moving on. As always, let’s start by gathering our ingredients. In this case our ingredients are so simple. All you need for this healthy homemade bone broth is a couple of carrots, celery stalks, parsnips, a bay leaf, apple cider vinegar and your beef bones.
Beef Bones – Where to Get Them
A quick note, when it comes to making beef bone broth you may wonder “where do I get bones?” or “what bones do I use?”. To answer these questions, for me, we get a half a cow worth of beef from a farm in upstate NY. I understand that may not be possible for some. So, your options are to check with your local butcher, or you can actually order bones for making bone broth online here: BONES. Items go in and out of stock, so if they are out of stock just check back. And you will be supporting small business by ordering from them.
Beef Bones – What Kind to Use
As far as what type of cow bones to use when making homemade beef broth you want to go with bones from grass fed cows. The simple answer is to use beef soup bones. But you can also add in marrow bones or short ribs too. I like to use a combination of beef soup bones and short ribs. The short ribs just add a bit of meat to this bone broth recipe for flavor and we will use that meat when finished too. Once you have your bones we can get started.
Roasting the Bones for Homemade Bone Broth
Let’s start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Next, lay your bones out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This is approximately 3lbs of beef bones, including the short ribs. These cow bones are still frozen as you can see.
Go ahead and roast the bones for 15-20 minutes. Then remove the bones from the oven.
Now it’s time to break out the Ninja Foodi. This thing is amazing! It is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, air fryer, dehydrator, and more all in one. It makes meal prep a breeze and last minute cooking ideas easy. If you don’t have one yet you can get it online here: Ninja Foodi. There is also a video review of the Foodi at the bottom of this pulled pork recipe.
Making Homemade Bone Broth
First, you will need to prep your veggies. If you prefer to peel the carrots and parsnips you can. But you don’t have to. Just wash them and trim the ends. Place your roasted beef bones, vegetables and bay leaf into the Ninja Foodi pot.
Next, add the apple cider vinegar to the pot. You want to use the organic ACV with ‘the Mother’, you can get it at your local grocery store or online here: ACV.
Lastly, add the filtered water. I fill up to the max fill line when making homemade beef stock. This is the filtered water pitcher that I recently bought. It filters out all the chemicals and things from your water that you want to avoid. Water Filter.
Steps for making beef bone broth in the Ninja Foodi.
- Secure the pressure cook lid to the Foodi and select the pressure button.
- Select ‘Hi’ and set the time to 3 hours 30 minutes.
- Press Start.
The Ninja Foodi will come to pressure and then the clock will start. Once the cooking time is complete you can carefully release the pressure.
Releasing Pressure on the Ninja Foodi
Keep in mind, that when you release the pressure the liquid may also come out of the release valve since we filled the water to the max. I often do not open the release valve fully to avoid a wet mess. Instead, carefully let the pressure release slowly by only allowing a little out a time. I hope that makes sense. Once the pressure is completely release and it is safe, you may remove the lid. If you are making beef bone broth in the Instant Pot follow similar steps and time for cooking. If you have the time you can set the Foodi to start before bedtime and let the pressure release naturally. It will be finished, ready and still warm in the morning.
Strain the Homemade Beef Broth
At this point you will need a fine mesh strainer like this one to strain the liquid from the bones, vegetables and meat. I got this as part of a set online here: strainer.
Carefully strain the liquid into a large container and set aside the bones, vegetables and meat in another. Once you finish you can strain the solids again for any more liquid.
This next part it optional, but I also like to pick through the vegetable mush and separate the bones, the veggies and the meat. Any bones that are soft, brittle and breaking can be tossed in the trash. But bones that are still solid and hard can be used again to make more bone broth (with fresh vegetables). If you have the time toss the bones back in the pot with fresh vegetables and water and make another batch. I actually did this with this batch of bones. Pour your bone broth into a large container and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Separating the Fat
When the bone broth is chilled the fat will separate from the liquid and create a thick layer at the top.
You can decide here what you choose to do with the fat. First, no matter what you decide you will want to remove this layer. As you can see it is pretty solid so you can cut it out in sections.
You can either toss it in the trash or set it aside. This time I intend to set it aside.
If you still have a little bit of fat in your broth after straining, its ok. That’s not a big deal and it will melt when heated.
Homemade Beef Broth
Your homemade beef bone broth can obviously be used to make bone broth soup. The broth is the perfect base for adding veggies for a quick and easy lunch. It can also be refrigerated or frozen. Personally, I leave a jar in the fridge and freeze the rest in smaller portions to defrost and use as needed. You can use the bone broth in your cooking recipes where it may call for any beef stock. It is also a great liquid to use, instead of plain water when cooking rice. These small glass containers are great and freeze the bone broth in app 1.5 cup portions. You can find them online here: glass containers. The larger glass airtight container is the one I keep in the refrigerator.
Getting the Most of Out of Your Bone Broth Recipe and Leftover Vegetables
Remember we set aside the vegetables and meat when we sifted the liquid from the solids? This mushy mixture of vegetables and meat (from the short ribs) will be mixed in with ground pork or turkey and made into meatballs. They come out amazing!
From a bunch of bones and some fresh vegetables we are left with so many things packed with all the health benefits of bone broth. We have broth to freeze, broth to refrigerate (and use within a few days), vegetables to make meatballs and oh yeah remember the fat? I rendered that down and made beef tallow to use for cooking and sautéing. It’s still in the liquid form in this photo.
Once the beef fat is rendered you can place it in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator. It will solidify again and can be used for cooking.
What to Do with Homemade Beef Stock
A quick example for using your beef bone broth: heat on the stove, toss in a few vegetables of choice and enjoy for lunch. This is a simple beef broth soup I made for lunch with my homemade beef bone broth, carrot, snow peas, over leftover meatballs and a little sea kelp. Because we didn’t add any salt or pepper to the original beef stock recipe you are able to add as needed for each individual use if you prefer.
Ninja Foodie Recipes
If you have a Ninja Foodi and are looking for a few more clean eating, gluten free recipes you can find them here: Ninja Foodi recipes. But if you haven’t gotten a foodi just yet you can get one online here:
*Note: If you do not have a Ninja Foodi or an Instant Pot you can make this same beef broth recipe on the stove top but would need to allow the cow bones and vegetables to simmer on the stove for 24-48 hours.
- Cow bones
- carrots - 2 cut into large chunks with ends trimmed
- celery -2 stalks cut into large chunks with ends trimmed
- parsnips - 2 cut into large chunks with ends trimmed
- bay leaf
- apple cider vinegar - 2 Tbsp
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spread cow bones on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Roaste bones for 15-20 minutes
- Remove bones and place in Ninja Foodi pot with cut vegetables
- Add bay leaf and apple cider vinegar
- Fill with filtered water. Do not fill higher than the max fill line.
- Select Pressure Cook option, then HI.
- Set time to 3.5 hours
- Once foodi has finished cooking carefully release the pressure slowly
- After all pressure is released, strain the liquid from the solid with a fine mesh strainer
- Refrigerate of freeze turkey bone broth.
If you have the time you can set the Foodi to start before bedtime and let the pressure release naturally. It will be finished, ready and still warm in the morning.
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