Beef Bone Broth

You will start to notice a trend in a lot of the recipes here – a lot involve bone broth! That’s because it is such an incredibly nourishing food you can feed yourself and your child. It’s easily digestible, nutrient dense and an incredible rich source of minerals – boosting immunity and supporting our digestive tract. Broth is the perfect first ‘food’ postpartum, as well as making many recipes more delicious and nutrient dense.

Age appropriate: 1 meal a day +

Beef Bone Broth

GF | DF | EF | RSF | NF
Course 1 meal a day, 2 meals a day, 3 meals a day, Drinks, Family Meals, Main Course
Servings 6 months +


  • Slow cooker or large saucepan
  • Stove top
  • Large pot
  • Sieve
  • Container for storing fat
  • Ice cube trays or containers


  • 2 kg beef bones
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • water
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1 bulb garlic roughly chopped
  • Any vege scraps you might have Otherwise add 2 chopped carrots and 2 celery sticks
  • 1 bayleaf


  • Add the all ingredients to a slow cooker or a large saucepan and fill with water until the water is covering all the ingredients. 
  • Put on a low heat and simmer for as long as possible! I usually do mine in a large pot on the stove top and cook for 48 hours - you may have to keep topping up with water during the process as it will evaporate. 
  • Once cooked remove all solids (bones/veggies) and drain through a sieve. 
  • Allow to cool then scoop any solidified fat off the top - this fat can be stored in a seperate container in the fridge for a week and used to cook with!
  • Then either store in the fridge for about a week, or freeze it in portions! For babies I love to freeze in ice cube trays to quickly add to mashed veggies! I also freeze in containers or zip lock bags in 500ml portions to add to casseroles/soups/ cook grains in etc!
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  1. Bec says:

    You say beef bone broth is the perfect food postpartum, but would it also be good as first ‘food’ for bub? To puree up the vege, use the broth/stock in other purees & freeze some bite-size finger food for combination BLW later?
    Can I start with this or do you think these may be too rich first up (start with just plain pumpkin puree first)?

    • Luka McCabe says:

      Yes I think it is a great first food for babies! I would just keep the flavours in the broth quite minimum to start with.

  2. Natalie says:

    I add 2 garlic bulbs to my bone broths is this too much if my 6 month old will be consuming it?

  3. Stephanie says:

    Great recipe. Could it be done in a slow cooker?

  4. Kiera says:

    How much is one bag of bones in grams/KG?

  5. Dom says:

    Hi Luca, My understanding is that ethical farmers are free range, pasture fed but not ‘organic’, as is my local butcher, is this still fine for making a broth?

  6. Jenny says:

    Could I pressure cook this recipe and how long can I keep the receipe in the freezer for?

  7. Sophie says:

    Hi Luka,

    Can you recommend any store bought bone broth for those short on time?

    Thank you

    • Luka McCabe says:

      depends on the age, I use nutraorganics but I wouldn’t recommend under 12 months as its high in sodium! that is why I recommend homemade for babies 🙂

  8. Samantha says:

    I’m finding it hard to find any organic beef in my local shopping centre.
    I can definitely find organic whole chicken but necks would be from butcher who isn’t organic. Is it okay to mix organic with non organic? Also would you say chicken or beef bone broth is better?

    Do you use bone broth when a recipe calls for stock?

  9. Liz says:

    Hi, could you let me know what size the bag of bones is? Just a rough estimate?

  10. Maddie says:

    Could you also do this with lamb or pork bones?

  11. Maddie says:

    Could you also do this with lamb or pork bones?

    • Luka McCabe says:

      yes you can, I don’t particularly like the flavours of lamb or pork on their own, they are quite overpowering – but you can technically!

  12. Dani Fuenzalida says:

    Kia ora from Aotearoa NZ!
    We’ve been following your IG and website for 5 months aprox, we love all the nourishing food and ideas you share! Such an inspiration!
    We are wondering about a batch of bone broth we made recently. We removed all fats and rest of veggies and bones, and after being in the fridge for a couple of days, there is still more fat St the top. I’m guessing we need to remove that again? And also, the taste is really blant, but I didn’t use this recipe (I added 1 carrot, 1 onion with no skin, 3 large garlic cloves but did include the apple cider vinegar) as it was everything I had that day. Do you reckon the flavour is usually blant? Or is the way I prepared it?
    Either way, would it still be nourishing and nutrient dense for my baby to drink, even though is a bit tasteless? Thank you Luka and Boob to Food team!!

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