I've made it off and on for years, from whatever bones we have on hand--leftover turkey carcass, bones from a roast chicken, beef bones, you name it. I've used it as is, as well as for the basis for some incredibly good soups and stews, even as an addition to sauces and gravies.
Let me tell you, the stuff you buy can't TOUCH home made. It's thin and tasteless and not at all tempting, and yes, I've tried a lot of diffeent brands. I add it to soup stock if I have it, but if you plan to drink it you pretty much need to add something to give it a bit of savor.
Enter home made. Of course grandma used to keep a pot simmering on the back of her old woodstove, but these days the crock pot does a wonderful job! (I'm sure an Instant Pot would too, but I don't have one.)
It really IS easy...all you need are bones (duh, right?) and whatever vegetables need to be used up in your crisper or garden, and a little salt and herbs for savor.
|Get hold of the best bones you can...from grass-fed or free range critters is best. I brown them or roast them before putting them in the crock pot. (The last batch of beef bones I got, from Barham Cattle Company and Family Farms had SO much meat on them I ended up with a luscious beef stew instead of broth! And of course they were marked soup bones! I'm going to see if they'll save some bone broth bones for me...)|
|Add the bones....|