Lo's Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth

The Instant Pot is a game-changer when it comes to making amazing bone broth.  In 2 1/2 hours with an Instant Pot you can make a more nutritious and gelatinous broth than 36-48 hours with a slow cooker.  The Instant Pot method also requires less ingredients because the pressure cooker infuses the broth with more of the nutrients and flavors.  

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. bones (we use 2 lbs. chicken necks and backs and 1 lbs. chicken feet; frozen bones are OK)

  • 1 tsp. sea salt

  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 medium onion

  • 1 small clove garlic

  • 3″ piece of celery

  • 3″ piece of carrot

*Note: You may have noticed the vegetables in this recipe are much smaller than used in a traditional bone broth recipe. This is because the pressure cooker infuses the broth with the vegetable flavor.

Directions

  1. If your Instant Pot is new, wash it well prior to use.

  2. Place all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot, and add water to 1-3 inches below the “Max” line. (Less water makes a more gelatinous broth.)

  3. Be sure the gasket/sealing ring is in place on the cover. Lock the cover in place on the pot. Turn the pressure knob to the “Sealing” position (the knob will stay loose, but it does need to point in the right direction).

  4. Press the manual button once. You’ll see the display light up to indicate high pressure 30 minutes. Press the + button until it reaches 120. That’s the maximum allowed pressure cooking time. Wait 5 seconds, and the pot will beep and the display will say ON. This means it’s heating up and building up pressure, which takes about 30 minutes. Once full pressure is reached, the display will switch and start counting down from 120.

  5. When the broth is done, the Instant Pot will beep and the display will switch to L0:00. This is the default “keep warm” setting, and the clock lets you know how long it’s been kept warm (up to 10 hours).

  6. At this point, you can let it naturally depressurize, by leaving it alone for about another hour. Or you can quick-release the pressure, by turning the pressure knob to the “Venting” position. Be careful – when you do this, hot steam is going to come out of that knob. Just be sure to keep your hands and body clear, and turn the knob just slightly at first. As more pressure is released, you can turn it completely into the venting position, and you’ll feel the knob lift up. Once all the steam is released, you can open the pot. A safety measure on the pot is that the lid is pretty much impossible to turn, when it’s still under pressure.

  7. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bones, meat and vegetables. Throw away the meat and vegetables, but you can freeze the leftover bones and re-use them in your next batch of bone broth. Just be sure you always add at least some new meaty/gelatinous bones to each batch.

  8. Pour the broth through a mesh strainer into a large bowl. I usually let it sit for 15 minutes or so, so any particles in the broth sink to the bottom of the bowl. I then transfer the broth into mason jars and pour out the last cup (with the particles). Those particles aren’t harmful; they’re just parts of the meat and bones that the strainer didn’t catch. I just like a “prettier” clear broth.

  9. Let mason jars cool for one hour on the counter, and then refrigerate. If there’s a solid layer of fat on top of the jars, they work like a protective seal, and you can keep the broth in the fridge for weeks. However, if you only have a thin layer of fat, or the fat is cracked, keep the broth in the fridge a maximum of 5 days. You can also freeze broth for up to one year. Just let it cool completely in the fridge; then transfer to freezer-safe containers.

Week 9: Eliminating Grains & Gluten for 28 Days

Week 9: Eliminating Grains & Gluten for 28 Days

Eliminating gluten and grains will have a bigger impact on your overall sense of wellness and your body composition than any other single change you can make.  

The first time I completely eliminated gluten for 21 days I couldn’t believe the difference.  It was like a fog within my head had been lifted.  My ability to focus improved drastically, my energy levels were consistent throughout the day for the first time in my life, and I shed 15 pounds even though I was already at around 9-10% bodyfat at the time.  The difference in my skin was the most profound and noticeable change.  I had always struggled with acne, but all that cleared up within the first 10 days of elimination for the first time since I was 13 years old.  Until I gave up gluten I also didn’t realize how mucousy I was all the time.

Another benefit of being grain and gluten free I’ve come to appreciate more at age 32 than I did at 25 is how much better my joints feel.  When I eat grains (due to social conventions, lack of other options or just plain indulgence) I notice a distinct difference in how my joints feel.  I wake up in the morning with a stiff back and neck, achy knees and inflamed elbows, especially if I trained hard the day before.  When I’ve been grain free for at least 14 days all that goes away along with any water I may have been retaining.  

Week 8: Present Moment Awareness

Week 8: Present Moment Awareness

This week we are going to look at an approach to being still, present and attentive to ourselves and our surroundings. By making time to enrich and nurture ourselves internally, we can regain a deep sense of who we are and restore our inner wellbeing by reconnecting with ourselves and with life. This connected state is not far away or out of reach, nor does it require a particular environment within which to discover it. Instead it can be found by simply relearning how to pay attention to what is happening right now, both internally (inside the body) and externally (the environment surrounding us). 

Week 7: Gratitude & Appreciation

Week 7: Gratitude & Appreciation

What does the word “appreciate” mean?  On the surface it means to be thankful, grateful, to value and so on.  

There’s another definition of the word that’s used in the financial sector.  When shares of stocks increase in value they’re said to “appreciate.”  So to appreciate something is to increase its value.  

One creative ability we seldom wield to it’s full potential is:

 

Whatever we give our full unconditional attention to increases effortlessly.  

An easy experiment you can do today to hone your ability to appreciate is to give meals your full attention.  

Week 6: Reduce Sugar, Increase the Vegetables & Fat

Week 6: Reduce Sugar, Increase the Vegetables & Fat

If have trouble losing fat even though you’re eating clean and exercising regularly you have probably built up insulin resistance.  Insulin resistance occurs when you’ve maintained chronically high blood sugar levels over a long period of time.  Usually from a combination of poor diet with too much sugar, eating processed sugars, a lack of healthy fat/protein/fiber, and insufficient exercise.  High cortisol levels from chronic stress can also contribute to insulin resistance.